MICHELIN introduces high-performance tire for piston aircraft

MICHELIN North America, Inc. (Michelin), is launching a high-performance bias tire designed for propeller-driven aircraft. The MICHELIN® PILOT® tire is designed to provide extra-long tire life, exceptional tread life and all-weather protection. 


Reflecting Michelin’s proven history of developing ultra-high-performance tires, the MICHELIN PILOT tire offers the state-of-the-art features for piston and turbo-prop application. Our customers want a deep tread to achieve more landings and a lighter tire to improve fuel efficiency and increased range. The new PILOT tire provides both for these aircraft.

Robert Sevener, global lead for Michelin general aviation tires

The MICHELIN PILOT is designed to have extra-long tire life through improved carcass construction that delivers increased durability and improved resistance to foreign object damage. The tire incorporates the latest high-technology ozone-resistant compounds into the sidewall rubber. The natural contour-mold profile promotes casing equilibrium for improved footprint-pressure distribution in the contact patch. By significantly improving overall tire life, pilots may achieve more take-offs and landings while purchasing fewer tires.  

Designed with additional belt plies that strengthen the crown area, the MICHELIN PILOT helps deliver improved wear and exceptional tread life. The tire’s exclusive manufacturing process creates built-in balance for smooth taxiing and even tire wear, helping to provide true-track taxi, take-offs and landings for propeller-driven aircraft.

The MICHELIN PILOT tire, crafted with highly-durable rubber compounds and up to 21 percent deeper skid depth, is able to achieve more landings than a leading competitor’s tires*.  Aramid-blended belts provide an exceptional level of strength and durability. A natural contour carcass line reduces ply stresses. The tubeless-tire design reduces the combined tire-wheel weight and helps eliminate tire creep or the tendency of a tire to move around the wheel hub at touchdown. This high-performance bias tire can also be used with a tube, delivering the same enhanced performance to pilots who use tube-type rims.

Long-term ozone and UV light protectionincorporated into the tireprovides all-weather protection. The two wide tire grooves channel water evacuation on wet pavement, promoting excellent hydroplane resistance for safer operations in wet-weather conditions.

The MICHELIN PILOT is currently available in two sizes for the United States and Canada:

  • 15x6.00-6 6/160
  • 5.00-5 6/160

Three additional sizes will be available later in 2018, with the sixth size targeted for 2019. 

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*Based on actual sidewall indications for skid depth of 15.00 x 6-6 6 ply tire size (required by FAA regulations) comparing a MICHELIN® PILOT® bias tire and a Goodyear Flight Custom III bias tire. Comparison made in May, 2018.