The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Aviation business has introduced the world’s first aluminum core bead for use in aviation tires.
The patented light weight alloy bead core using aluminum is a revolution in weight savings, according to Goodyear officials. The traditional construction of the bead has a steel center wrapped by strands of high tensile wire. Goodyear has found a way to replace the steel core with aluminum. The result is a significant weight savings.
The first production tire with this innovation, H37.5×12.0R19, will be fitted on the Gulfstream G650. The weight savings equates to three pounds per tire.
For more information: GoodyearAviation.com.