Bald tire.


Yes, there are specs on how much cord can be left showing on a tire before it is considered unairworthy. But why risk your aircraft and potentially a flat tire while landing with a tire this bald? With any water on the runway, it will certainly hydroplane.

The tight-fitting wheel pants on many amateur-built aircraft today do make it harder to check the condition of the tire. However, it’s really not that hard to check it while rolling the aircraft forward or backward and having someone else look at it for you. Or put some water on the ground and roll through it. The tire marks left on the ground will help you determine the condition of the tire all by yourself.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


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