A decade ago, Air France entered into a ten-year tyre supply contract with Michelin. The French airline has now renewed this arrangement, extending its partnership for a further ten years. The Michelin Group will equip the company’s short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft, except for the Boeing 787, with new and retreaded tyres primarily produced at the company’s Saint Doulchard plant in Bourges, France
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has named Goodyear Tire & Rubber an Elite Supplier, an award reserved for the top one per cent of Lockheed’s more than 1,400 suppliers. Goodyear was recognised for its contributions to the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Goodyear has announced Kadex Aero Supply as an aviation distributor. The family-owned Canadian business has been distributing parts from more than 50 manufacturers to operators ranging from general aviation to airlines since 1994. Goodyear wants the partnership to expand its reach in Canada.
Following a rigorous battery of tests, Embraer has approved a new version of the Michelin Air X radial as original equipment for its Embraer E170. The Michelin Air X M19602 is thus now available for the Embraer E170 main gear.
A first for Michelin – the tyre maker reports that, along with Safran Landing Systems, it conducted a test flight of a connected aircraft tyre. Testing of the PresSense tyre took place at the Istres air base in southern France on 13 June, using a Dassault Aviation Falcon 2000S.
Cars in the sky remain pie in the sky, but should the flying car one day become reality, Goodyear will be ready. After showing earthbound motorists its concept for “autonomous, flying cars of the future” at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the tyre maker is presenting it to an entirely different crowd at this week’s Paris Air Show. The Goodyear AERO takes pride of place alongside conventional products such as the Goodyear Flight Radial.
Bahraini national airline Gulf Air has announced its selection of Michelin to equip every aircraft type within its fleet with tyres. Michelin’s supply to Gulf Air includes fitment on its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Airbus 320neo and Airbus 321neo planes.
Bridgestone radial aircraft tyres have gained certification by Boeing for use as main tyres on the 737 MAX 9. This approval builds upon Bridgestone Corporation’s production of radial tyres for the 737 MAX 8.
IndiGo, the largest airline in India in terms of fleet size and passengers carried, has appointed Michelin tyre partner for its entire fleet. Michelin Aircraft Tyre will supply tyres from its Michelin Air range, primarily the Michelin Air X radial, for IndiGo’s Airbus A320 and ATR 72-600 aircraft – a current total of 189 planes.
Rights to use the Dunlop brand name on tyres and related products are mainly divided up around the world between Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Sumitomo Rubber Industries. In Australia, Goodyear acts as rightsholder to the Dunlop brand, and this makes a recent court decision significant.
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.
Michelin Aircraft Tire has been selected as the new original equipment provider for Cirrus Aircraft, the world’s leading manufacturer of piston aircraft and maker of the Vision Jet, the first single-engine personal jet. All planes built by Cirrus Aircraft will now be fitted with Michelin Air tyres, including the recently developed Michelin Air tubeless sizes.
At the 2017 Paris – Le Bourget Air Show, Michelin and Safran have presented the world’s first connected tyres for the aeronautical industry. The innovation, called ‘PresSense’ comprises an electronic pressure sensor installed within the tyre to greatly improve and simplify ground maintenance operations. Michelin reports that the PresSense project is scheduled to be deployed in 2019.
The message that the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is taking to the Paris Air Show is that ‘Every Landing Counts’. Under this slogan, the tyre maker will present a full line-up of its radial aviation products.