Calling it the first of its kind, LoPresti Aviation Engineering announced recently an aircraft tire the company says will never go flat.
Called the NeverFlat Lifesaver, the tire has a band of carbon fiber imbedded in the tire. CEO Rj Siegel said, “It's just about impossible to puncture this tire and even if you could it still wouldn't go flat. It's an unpressurized system with load and suspension characteristics matched to the aircraft's needs.”
The first tire is designed for the performance characteristics of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22, LoPresti said. “Using this new proprietary technology we've seen improved tire performance in all measurable areas. Wear, traction and rolling resistance,” Siegel said.
The tire is being offered with a 10-year warranty against a flat tire. Currently the tire is in its final development stages, and should be available on the Cirrus models beginning in December.