Europe, North America launch for Michelin Pilot aviation tyre
Michelin has introduced a new cross-ply aviation tyre for propeller-driven aircraft. Called the Michelin Pilot, the tyre is currently available in Europe, the United States and Canada in two sizes, 15×6.00-6 6/160 and 5.00-5 6/160. Three additional sizes will be available later in 2018, with the sixth size targeted for 2019.
Commenting on the launch of the Michelin Pilot, Robert Sevener, global lead for Michelin general aviation tyres, said the new tyre “offers state-of-the-art features for piston and turbo-prop applications, and reflects Michelin’s proven history of developing ultra-high-performance tyres.” He added that the Michelin Pilot meets customer demand for “a deep tread to achieve more landings” and “a lighter tyre to improve fuel efficiency and increase range.”
According to the manufacturer, extra-long tyre life is designed into the Michelin Pilot courtesy of an improved casing construction that delivers increased durability and improved resistance to foreign object damage. The tyre incorporates the latest high-technology ozone-resistant compounds into the sidewall rubber. The natural contour-mould profile promotes casing equilibrium for improved footprint-pressure distribution in the contact patch. Additional belt plies also strengthen the crown area, and Michelin comments that “the tyre’s exclusive manufacturing process creates built-in balance for smooth taxiing and even tyre wear, helping to provide true-track taxi, take-offs and landings for propeller-driven aircraft.”