l‘Tredding’ Cautiously As the captain of a Boeing 787, “Tire Flap” (Sept. 18-Oct. 1, p. 37) about Jetstar’s 787 tire failure, interested me. I believe the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) may have missed a key factor in its analysis—unnecessary excessive stress placed on tires by inappropriate pilot technique. On nearly every trip, I now see pilots taxiing airplanes and squaring their turns for no reason—i.e., cranking the tiller and ...


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