Radial tires are the most modern design of aircraft tyres. It is a design that is similar to that of car tyres. Typically, the radial tyre offers more landings per tread and lighter weight than a bias tyre; though sometimes at the expense of retread lives.
The information required to select an appropriate aircraft tire and mount it on the aircraft is shown on the sidewall. This list provides an explanation of the markings that you will normally see and a detailed explanation of airplane tire dimensions.
There are three key metrics that are used regarding aircraft tires. This short article describes the ply, speed and load ratings.
Learn your chevron cutting from your chunking or your dry flat from your wet flat with Dunlop's handy guide to tire wear.