Another use for composite materials has been discovered that I’d like for my personal automobile — the NeverFlat tire. LoPresti Aviation Engineering is introducing a new tire technology for general aviation aircraft – with a 10 year guarantee against flats. Apparently the secret is a layer of composite attached to the carcass before the tread is applied. While the tires still use a bit of air – 10 to 12 pounds of pressure – the air is only for the smoothness of the ride — the tires really don’t need air to work. An interesting video on this technology is available here.
Cirrus design will be the launch customer for this technology, with deliveries beginning in December.