Maintenance Matters

January 2016 Issue

Nitrogen Tires Unnecessary for Small Aircraft

Michelin recommends nitrogen for all aircraft tires while Goodyear is agnostic. The argument for the expense and bother of N2 remains unconvincing.

Nitrogen-filled tires hold a lot of respect in the automotive world, but exactly how do they benefit aircraft tires? When talking about small aircraft tubed tires, the advantages just aren't so huge. For large jets and tubeless tires, the nitrogen creates less wheel corrosion and pressure loss. But for your petite 2-seater, it really doesn't seem to make a difference.

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