At the recently held 53rd Paris Air Show – the rendezvous of the aviation industry – Goodyear’s latest advanced technology & mobility solution concept came under the spotlight: its ultra-lightweight Flight Radial tyre and AERO concept tyre, a Goodyear’s vision for future mobility.

For more than 100 years, Goodyear has been a leading supplier of aviation tyres that perform under the most stringent demands. Goodyear supplies fleets around the world with more than 350 different types and sizes of tyres, for every major aviation segment, from general aviation, business jet, military to commercial.

Goodyear’s booth at the Paris Air Show showcased some of the key fitments the Goodyear tyre range earned. The Goodyear Flight Radial is one of Goodyear’s most advanced aviation performance products and is approved for use on several leading aircraft airliners including the Boeing 777X, 737 MAX 8/9, the 787-9/10, the Airbus A320neo, and business jets like the Citation X+, the Embraer Praetor 500/600, the Gulfstream G500, G600, G650 or the Global 7500 and regional aircraft such as the ATR 72, to name a few. These fitments underscore Goodyear’s commitment for providing industry-leading radial tyres to help end users lower their operating costs.

The Goodyear Flight Radial tyre is designed to reduce weight and provide increased landings. The Flight Radial is stronger and lighter for superior service life and efficiency.

The Flight Radial features Goodyear Featherweight Alloy Core Bead Technology, the latest in Goodyear lightweight radial aircraft technology, for weight reduction. The tyre also contains strong, rigid tread belts with merged cord technology for dimensional stability, longer service life and increased cut resistance.

Goodyear will supply the Flight Radial for the nose and main landing gear of the Boeing 777X, which is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

Goodyear also displayed its AERO concept tyre, which is designed for the autonomous, flying cars of the future.

The Goodyear AERO concept is a visionary solution for the future of mobility. It is meant to challenge the thinking, driving change and discovery in efficient and sustainable transport. With mobility companies looking to the sky for the answer to the challenges of urban transport and congestion, the work of Goodyear on advanced tyre architectures and materials led it to imagine a wheel that could serve both as a traditional tyre on the road and as a propulsion system in the sky.

While the AERO is a purely conceptual design, some of its featured technologies, such as a non-pneumatic structure and intelligent tyre capabilities, are being developed by Goodyear today. Other technologies might become the basis for new ideas and potentially new products in the future.

“At Goodyear, we believe that ‘Every Landing Counts,” said Loïc Ravasio, General Manager, Aviation Tyres EMEA. “We proudly highlighted our innovative Flight Radial and AERO concept tyre at the Paris Air Show. Discovery and innovation continue to be the core of what Goodyear does. Working on new tyres, new technologies and concept tyres is an opportunity to stretch our imagination and envision the possible products and services of the future.”

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