Looking back at my job as A&P at a very big flight school, I think replacing tires was a big part of my average day. The daily Touch and Go’s really wore them out, and there were quite a few doozies sprinkled in occasionally with some serious flat-spotting. Our tire section in the parts room was quite extensive. Luckily, Cessna 172 tires were not all that hard to find back in the 90’s when the C-172 and the C-152 were still the vast majority of training airplanes on the ramp.
The old 1957 Beechcraft Travelair I flew last year, however, was a different story. These particular tires were so rare by now, the school kept one of each in the airplane at the ready just in case a student would flat-spot one. All you had to do then was to find a mechanic. It didn’t help, that the brakes on this aircraft were a little touchy as well. Of course, for me, the challenge was to “not be that student” and not have to use my A&P. Luckily, I was able to pull that off and never had to ask Roost Air for a favor…