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Ask the Pilot, with Captain Mike Bowers


Q: How often are aircraft tires changed? Are they changed individually or in pairs?
A: There are many reasons to replace a tire. The frequency depends on factors such as the number of landings an aircraft has executed and the particular runway conditions. Generally speaking, a tire rarely lasts more than a month before it is replaced.

Our maintenance technicians routinely inspect tires and brakes for signs of wear and for proper inflation pressure. Our pilots also check the tires as part of their pre-flight inspection of the aircraft exterior. If a tire is discovered to have pressure below the specifications or shows wear, both that tire and the adjacent tire are replaced.

Do you have a question for Captain Bowers? You can write to him at askthepilot@united.com

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