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Richard
February 11th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Just tonight I have become aware of this program. I'm watching it now on the "Green Channel" (Direct TV Ch 286 in Orange County/Los Angeles area).

The building tempo, the shakey camera, the rapid edits from scene to scene and repetitions of the same scene but with ever increased suspense all suggest drama that would appeal to the Kardashian crowd.

But it looks real.

AdamZ
February 11th, 2012, 10:11 PM
Just saw this recording it now.

cavmedic
February 12th, 2012, 09:25 AM
I'm curious as to where they repo'd that Beech from . They said Eastern PA , but they blacked out the name on the airport diagram.


It was a good show I think. Even though the drama seemed to be a bit over the top, it is always fun to watch people legally stealing things.

steingar
February 12th, 2012, 09:40 AM
The guy who runs the show, Nick Popovich, sounds familiar for some reason. Anyone seen this crew in Gary?

flyingron
February 12th, 2012, 11:02 AM
This show ran last year for a couple of episodes and the two they're showing today seem to be the same ones I've already seen. Hopefully they have some more.

Ddayle
February 12th, 2012, 12:57 PM
there were a few magazine articals about this family of A.C repo. I liked the show. Dave

Direct
February 12th, 2012, 05:46 PM
I'm curious as to where they repo'd that Beech from . They said Eastern PA , but they blacked out the name on the airport diagram.


It was a good show I think. Even though the drama seemed to be a bit over the top, it is always fun to watch people legally stealing things.

LNS....

Henning
February 12th, 2012, 05:49 PM
I'm curious as to where they repo'd that Beech from . They said Eastern PA , but they blacked out the name on the airport diagram.


It was a good show I think. Even though the drama seemed to be a bit over the top, it is always fun to watch people legally stealing things.


I did a boat episode a few years back. I went to the guy's door while they set up, got the keys and all the other stuff, then got on the boat and did my thing while my manager and 2 other guys did the on camera thing, talk about funny.

RotorAndWing
February 12th, 2012, 05:54 PM
I did a part time stint many years ago repo'ing airplanes, very interesting times.

First plane I repo'ed was a Navajo 325CR. Never flew a Navajo before that, but I learned real fast. ;)

bbchien
February 12th, 2012, 06:04 PM
There are more ways than ways to Sunday to kill yourself in that bird....Tank commander's view of the planet/OH switches with which to cut up your face, MISERABLE (amazingly, more miserable than the original Chieftan) OEI performance....and usually they had a bazillion tanks scattered in those draggy nacelles.....crazy aircraft.

Cap'n Jack
February 12th, 2012, 06:15 PM
I did a boat episode a few years back. I went to the guy's door while they set up, got the keys and all the other stuff, then got on the boat and did my thing while my manager and 2 other guys did the on camera thing, talk about funny.What show/episode was this?

Henning
February 12th, 2012, 06:57 PM
What show/episode was this?

Repo Men IIRC, about 7 years ago, they did a couple of them down here with National Liquidators. I didn't get to play, I had to work.

AdamZ
February 12th, 2012, 07:57 PM
I'm curious as to where they repo'd that Beech from . They said Eastern PA , but they blacked out the name on the airport diagram.


It was a good show I think. Even though the drama seemed to be a bit over the top, it is always fun to watch people legally stealing things.

KLNS ( Lancaster PA) I recognized the Airport Diagram and the FBO.

cavmedic
February 12th, 2012, 09:37 PM
KLNS ( Lancaster PA) I recognized the Airport Diagram and the FBO.

I originally thought that , but I am not familiar with anything on the ground there.

John221us
February 13th, 2012, 01:04 AM
I am watching the "Best in the Business" episode. This is good; he has "special" software for tracking IFR flights. Because of this, he determined it had to be a VFR flight and therefore must have landed within 100 miles.

Henning
February 13th, 2012, 01:16 AM
I am watching the "Best in the Business" episode. This is good; he has "special" software for tracking IFR flights. Because of this, he determined it had to be a VFR flight and therefore must have landed within 100 miles.

:rofl::rofl::rofl: I would have loved to seen the direction on that scene...:lol:

bgfyankee
February 13th, 2012, 03:53 PM
I am watching the "Best in the Business" episode. This is good; he has "special" software for tracking IFR flights. Because of this, he determined it had to be a VFR flight and therefore must have landed within 100 miles.

A handful of scenes later it shows FlightAware.com on his computer (seriously) :rofl:

I saw the previews of this show and reminded myself to watch it all weekend. When all was said and done though, it was WAY over the top in terms of drama build up and deceptive commentary. I doubt I'll watch it again.

Just my $.02. I HAVE been watching quite a bit of Ice Pilots though! Would love to fly that C-46 and DC-3!!

Dean
February 13th, 2012, 04:24 PM
I watched it over the weekend, it had more BS than a Texas Livestock Market. That was an hour of my life wasted!

John221us
February 13th, 2012, 04:27 PM
I watched it over the weekend, it had more BS than a Texas Livestock Market. That was an hour of my life wasted!

That's harsh. Think of the entertainment value of bashing it on this forum. :rolleyes:

Cap'n Jack
February 13th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Repo Men IIRC, about 7 years ago, they did a couple of them down here with National Liquidators. I didn't get to play, I had to work.
This the show?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367401/

Henning
February 13th, 2012, 08:22 PM
This the show?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367401/

Nope, not those guys. I think Jason Lesnau would have a credit on it.

Henning
February 13th, 2012, 08:31 PM
I did one really fun 'sneak off the dock' repo from a guys back yard... while he was having a party out back! Rule is you can't cause a public disturbance until you have the vessel clear of the dock, so it takes two guys (or my ex girlfriend in this case) and a small tow boat to ninja it off the dock. That wasn't for the camera though but it was the most fun (I was repoing the "old boat" the "new boat" which the same company financed, 35' larger, was still there, what a f-ed up place the finance industry is), we just cruised along, stopped behind the boat, I did the ninja crawl and released the power and lines and she pulled me off, I found the keys and fired it up, "Hey, where you going with my boat?!?" me waiving papers "Call your banker, he said he needed it." :D

Jim Logajan
July 6th, 2012, 06:36 PM
WARNING - NECROPOST!
(Last post prior to this one was in February, 2012.)

Just FYI to anyone who cares: I notice what appear to be a couple episodes of "Airplane Repo" on before "Flying Wild Alaska" on the Discovery Channel. I haven't had a chance to see any episodes yet; while the concept of the show doesn't appeal, I may watch an episode anyway.

flyingron
July 6th, 2012, 06:41 PM
It appears that there were only about four episodes made. Every time it pops up on my guide it's one of the ones I've seen before.

lr60plt
July 6th, 2012, 07:03 PM
That show is absolutely full of BS....always running from "security" (fbo vans), always worried about people getting suspicious of them, that ridiculous jean jacket with cameras in it....

They try to hype it up so much it ruins it.

Henning
July 6th, 2012, 07:34 PM
That show is absolutely full of BS....always running from "security" (fbo vans), always worried about people getting suspicious of them, that ridiculous jean jacket with cameras in it....

They try to hype it up so much it ruins it.

If they did it realistically they'd never sell it.

raider
July 6th, 2012, 08:17 PM
they rerun stuff like that over and over - like the one about people owning luxury jets

silver-eagle
July 6th, 2012, 09:38 PM
There are two episodes on tonight /tomorrow morning. I believe I've seen both.

RobertGary1
July 7th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Yea, seems very "made for TV". No one at the FBO gives a crap if you are repo'ing a plane. I also cannot see how you can legally or safety just jump in an unknown plane. Are all AD's complied with? Is the plane sitting because the owner didn't have the money to comply with one? Did someone remove the landing gear actuator for maintenance? How in the world could you tell the plane is airworthy without an A&P going through it?

The repo's I've seen are nothing like that. They just put a sticker on the doors saying "The bank owns this plane, if you open the door you are trespassing " and then gives the contact info for the repo place. The plane is then disabled (usually a boot-like device on the nose gear) and the plane then sits there for about a month or two. I assume if the owner never hands over the logs they tow it into a hanger and do a complete annual on it.

-Robert

Henning
July 7th, 2012, 04:26 AM
Nope, first off, 95% of repos are voluntary, people hand you keys and logs. Second off, bank will never do an annual lol. Ferry permits and a thorough preflight ar what get you down the road.

Palmpilot
July 7th, 2012, 10:56 AM
I was wondering if it was really necessary to sneak around in the middle of the night, and if it was, why did they find it necessary to lie to the cop about their reason for being there? That BS about wanting to see Michael Jordan's plane was lame.

Henning
July 7th, 2012, 11:01 AM
I was wondering if it was really necessary to sneak around in the middle of the night, and if it was, why did they find it necessary to lie to the cop about their reason for being there?


Several hundred boat and plane repos here.... Night accounts for maybe 2% of boat repos and no planes since the ferry permit is typically written "Day VFR". There is very rarely any sneaking around and if a cop shows up it saves me calling them when I have the property in possession (I have only once had a cop question me, I pulled the papers out of my pocket and said "repo", no problem.

Palmpilot
July 7th, 2012, 12:00 PM
That sounds more like I would have expected.

A Google search on "popovich repo" turns up quite a few articles about him. A couple of examples:

http://www.salon.com/2009/06/06/lear_jet_repo_man/

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CF4QFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.airspacemag.com%2Fhistory-of-flight%2FGrab-the-Airplane-and-Go.html&ei=m1X4T5u2EYfg2QX6s_HiDw&usg=AFQjCNEom6AFeJ2feL8YWXAJ4Laz318mPw&sig2=3NqE2hSglk9vQRqnhqntTg

RobertGary1
July 8th, 2012, 06:01 PM
Nope, first off, 95% of repos are voluntary, people hand you keys and logs. Second off, bank will never do an annual lol. Ferry permits and a thorough preflight ar what get you down the road.

Must be some helpful FSDO offices. Around here in California I can't imagine even asking for a ferry in this case. Tried to get one for a plane 1 week out of annual that had a 100 hr signed a month earlier. FSDO said "just annual it"!
So you ask for a ferry permit, have no idea if any ADs were ever done, don't know if it's ever been annualed and have no idea what parts could be missing??

Henning
July 8th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Yep, ferry permit and a preflight unless I have the logs and the plane is in annual, then just preflight. It's the business.

Captain
July 8th, 2012, 08:36 PM
How does one get into 'airplane repo'?

AggieMike88
July 8th, 2012, 10:36 PM
How does one get into 'airplane repo'?

In what capacity are you asking about?

denverpilot
July 8th, 2012, 11:28 PM
Buy a loan insurance company or a bank? ;)

AggieMike88
July 9th, 2012, 12:19 AM
Buy a loan insurance company or a bank? ;)

I was thinking, "don't pay the monthly payment"

Henning
July 9th, 2012, 09:20 AM
How does one get into 'airplane repo'?

By working for one of the companies that specializes in it.

Sky King
November 29th, 2012, 10:33 PM
I love the show but please, please, replace that epileptic camera man. Hold the camera still!!!! :mad2:

steingar
November 30th, 2012, 09:28 AM
A Popovich has been advertising stuff for sale on this very site from time to time. I think it's the guy's son.

JimNtexas
July 18th, 2013, 11:13 PM
There have been two new shows about airplane repos this month. The Popovich show from last year was over dramatized but not total fiction.

These new episodes feature more 'colorful' repo guys, and as near as I can tell they are pure fiction.

None of the repo pilots can figure out how to get on the GA ramp. Half the show is the repo pilots hiking around the perimeter fence trying to come up with some clever scheme to sneak on to the airport. Because even country airports are more highly secured than Area 51.

These 'repos' consist of the repo pilot breaking into a hanger, stealing a tug, and flying away with the airplane.

There is a heart stopping moment then one of the repo pilots (the one with a pet leopard (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/blogs/tv-guy/os-airplane-repo-stars-orlando-lone-wolf-20130718,0,2488650.post)) find there are no radios in the Cessna. How can he possibly escape the scene of the crime with no radios?

Fortunately he has an automotive gps to use to find his way on a CAVU night.

Nobody bothers with ferry permits or anything like that.

I watched both episodes and feel very dirty.

AdamZ
July 18th, 2013, 11:39 PM
LOL well put Jim. I loved it when the guy who took the 421 was trying to intimidate the Avionics guy who took the radios. The A&P just said eh so what get the hell out of my hangar. The best part was when the owner of the Citation 5 took the logs and flew the plane out from under the repo guys then when they tried to nail him somewhere outside Philly he did a touch and go and bugged out. It was a riot watching those guys get burned. I wonder if they ever got the plane as they certainly seem tenacious.

jaybee
July 18th, 2013, 11:42 PM
If I was in the aircraft repo biz I think I would carry a Garmin 396 and a Sporty's SP-400....

DaleB
July 18th, 2013, 11:46 PM
I told my wife the guy was a complete idiot for having a $900 headset but a $50 GPS and no handheld.

My tolerance for all of those so-called "reality" shows is pretty low. I dislike the manufactured "drama", not to mention the replay of half the pre-commercial bit after every (frequent, extended) commercial break. Anything on Discover or HGTV that I've seen seems to be made by the same bunch of kooks.

moonshine
July 19th, 2013, 12:08 AM
These new episodes feature more 'colorful' repo guys, and as near as I can tell they are pure fiction.

(Shooting bull with a repo friend of mine while glancing over that show on the TV)
- Check out that repo dude (about the guy with ..er.. artsy facial hair). How come you don't look like that?
- Max, come work for me - I'll pay you to do nothing but look like that, honest to God.

Heh.. Naaaaah...

wabower
July 19th, 2013, 12:17 AM
My barber and his wife evidently all wrapped up about it, and I happened to stop in to get my melon trimmed the next day. He said he thought about me as he was watching it and knew that I would be able to explain how they did it, so I had to sit politely until he stopped to catch his breath before telling him I never watch that crap and it's all phony as a three-peckered goat.

moonshine
July 19th, 2013, 12:24 AM
a three-peckered goat.

Googled the above mentioned creature for educational purposes, somehow the attached picture was in one of the first results. Talk about thread drift.

AggieMike88
July 19th, 2013, 02:17 AM
Instead of "stealing" the aircraft, why can't the agents use something like the Denver Boot for cars to immobilize the aircraft?

RotorAndWing
July 19th, 2013, 03:36 AM
My tolerance for all of those so-called "reality" shows is pretty low. I dislike the manufactured "drama", not to mention the replay of half the pre-commercial bit after every (frequent, extended) commercial break. Anything on Discover or HGTV that I've seen seems to be made by the same bunch of kooks.

Yep. :nonod:

Let's see, the customer wants a custom ______ and they only have 7 days to produce it, the owners have family issues and employee issues.

And there are what now? 5 different programs about groups of people searching for gold. And they use the same premise for each one. :rolleyes2:

And the phony pawn shop shows, the one in Vegas and the redneck version. :loco:

And then there are the fishing ones, crab fishing, swordfish fishing, tuna fishing, again all using the same format.

And then there are the "gun shows", again a bunch of crap all using the same tired format.

There's no "reality" in reality TV.:rolleyes:

alfadog
July 19th, 2013, 05:22 AM
It appears that there were only about four episodes made. Every time it pops up on my guide it's one of the ones I've seen before.

Yup, according to IMDB, they made three.

alfadog
July 19th, 2013, 05:28 AM
WARNING - NECROPOST!
(Last post prior to this one was in February, 2012.)

Just FYI to anyone who cares: I notice what appear to be a couple episodes of "Airplane Repo" on before "Flying Wild Alaska" on the Discovery Channel. I haven't had a chance to see any episodes yet; while the concept of the show doesn't appeal, I may watch an episode anyway.

Dang, I missed that this thread is "double necroposted" (or triple). Guess the bright red warning distracted me from the fact that this post was from July 2012.

Palmpilot
July 19th, 2013, 07:07 AM
Wayne, I had to carefully dry off my brand new keyboard after reading your post!

wabower
July 19th, 2013, 07:15 AM
You're an astute guy, so I'm sure you have noticed that when someone asks "did you see that airplane repo show last night?" that your "nope" answer means you're about to get a word-for-word replay of at least the first 20 minutes.:wink2:

Wayne, I had to carefully dry off my brand new keyboard after reading your post!

Palmpilot
July 19th, 2013, 07:17 AM
None of the repo pilots can figure out how to get on the GA ramp. Half the show is the repo pilots hiking around the perimeter fence trying to come up with some clever scheme to sneak on to the airport. Because even country airports are more highly secured than Area 51.

I couldn't figure out why, in the previous series, they felt that they had to make up a story to explain to a law enforcement officer why they were checking out an airplane through the fence. If they told him they were repo agents, wouldn't the officer just say, "OK, let us know if you need anything"?

Palmpilot
July 19th, 2013, 07:28 AM
I see that Discovery Channel will be repeating some episodes on Saturday morning and next Thursday afternoon.

Concorde
July 19th, 2013, 08:24 AM
Googled the above mentioned creature for educational purposes, somehow the attached picture was in one of the first results. Talk about thread drift.
They also say " Luckier than a dog with 2 peckers "

MikeELP
July 19th, 2013, 09:13 AM
...And the phony pawn shop shows, the one in Vegas and the redneck version. :loco:



You've missed the worst (or would that be "best") one..."Hardcore Pawn" is set in Detroit. It airs on TruTV. So phony it's actually fun to watch! :D


Mike

DaleB
July 19th, 2013, 09:41 AM
Yep. :nonod:

Let's see, the customer wants a custom ______ and they only have 7 days to produce it, the owners have family issues and employee issues.

And there are what now? 5 different programs about groups of people searching for gold. And they use the same premise for each one. :rolleyes2:

And the phony pawn shop shows, the one in Vegas and the redneck version. :loco:

And then there are the fishing ones, crab fishing, swordfish fishing, tuna fishing, again all using the same format.

And then there are the "gun shows", again a bunch of crap all using the same tired format.

There's no "reality" in reality TV.:rolleyes:
Not to mention two -- or is it three now? -- different (but completely identical) "Love it or list it" shows. Each episode is indistinguishable from the one before.

And all of the "xxx Wars". Storage Wars, Property Wars, Stupid Reality Show Wars.

Sigh. I'd so love to just drop cable TV altogether. The only reason I don't has nothing to do with content, it's simply to preserve domestic tranquility.

flyingron
July 19th, 2013, 10:04 AM
They are now running a new version of the show featuring a few different (none of the Sage-Popovich guys from before). More in the cowboy Repo and Towing wars style that most of the other cable chow is.

iflyatiger
July 19th, 2013, 10:11 AM
Agreed.. Bad show !



They are now running a new version of the show featuring a few different (none of the Sage-Popovich guys from before). More in the cowboy Repo and Towing wars style that most of the other cable chow is.

Tom-D
July 19th, 2013, 10:40 AM
The show isn't very representative of the people who really do this for a living.
Most will have the airport administration on board, as well as the local law enforcement. by showing the court order to repossess.
They will inform the owner/operator, by showing the order and require the logs and any other equipment be taken into custody by the representative of the lean holder.

The Sheriff is there to see that the court order is carried out, and the airport management is there to open any gate, hangar, that the owner/operator is unable or unwilling to do.

N747JB
July 19th, 2013, 11:28 AM
Tom, this kind of attitude is why you'll never make it in Hollywood!!:lol::lol:
I have never repo'd an airplane, but I have picked up my share of cars back when I was in the buy here-pay here business. I liked to block the car in, go to the door and ask for the keys, not all that hard. Rule number one in the repo business: NEVER leave the collateral unsecured!! I did watch part of the show last night, mostly making fun of it, but to see the guy grab the 2 inch binder that represented "the logbooks" of a Citation V and drive away was pretty funny. My 182 has thicker logbooks!:dunno: The credits say that "some parts are reinactements with actors" I'd say 90% of it is actors. If I wanted to know where an airplane was hangared at an airport, I'd ask the nice person behind the counter at the FBO! :D I looked at a 421 for a friend several years ago, I happened to be going to the airport where it was based. The FBO told me which hangar and WOW there it was! :rolleyes:
The show isn't very representative of the people who really do this for a living.
Most will have the airport administration on board, as well as the local law enforcement. by showing the court order to repossess.
They will inform the owner/operator, by showing the order and require the logs and any other equipment be taken into custody by the representative of the lean holder.

The Sheriff is there to see that the court order is carried out, and the airport management is there to open any gate, hangar, that the owner/operator is unable or unwilling to do.

Skylane81E
July 19th, 2013, 11:52 AM
The show isn't very representative of the people who really do this for a living.
Most will have the airport administration on board, as well as the local law enforcement. by showing the court order to repossess.
They will inform the owner/operator, by showing the order and require the logs and any other equipment be taken into custody by the representative of the lean holder.

The Sheriff is there to see that the court order is carried out, and the airport management is there to open any gate, hangar, that the owner/operator is unable or unwilling to do.

More or less, the only repo I have witnessed the repo walked out to the plane, prop locked it and went about his business.

N747JB
July 19th, 2013, 12:05 PM
More or less, the only repo I have witnessed the repo walked out to the plane, prop locked it and went about his business.

Again, not very exciting. :no:
I can't imagine what people would do seeing people peering around the corner, or looking through hangar windows without any explanation. Easier to say I'm here to repo N334XX it's a red 414 based here, Bob Jones flies it, do you know which hangar it's in?

Skylane81E
July 19th, 2013, 02:02 PM
Yep, now I do get trying to quietly locate the plane, especially the jets that can be out of the country toot sweet. But once you know where it is just do the job.

denverpilot
July 19th, 2013, 02:04 PM
Yep. :nonod:

Let's see, the customer wants a custom ______ and they only have 7 days to produce it, the owners have family issues and employee issues.

And there are what now? 5 different programs about groups of people searching for gold. And they use the same premise for each one. :rolleyes2:

And the phony pawn shop shows, the one in Vegas and the redneck version. :loco:

And then there are the fishing ones, crab fishing, swordfish fishing, tuna fishing, again all using the same format.

And then there are the "gun shows", again a bunch of crap all using the same tired format.

There's no "reality" in reality TV.:rolleyes:

You forgot the manhunt and "justice" shows where every police department and bounty hunter has at least two full weeks to chase down ONE person.

;)

JHW
July 19th, 2013, 02:18 PM
Tom has it right. When I was younger I worked on a team repossessing all sorts of planes from king airs to 707's and TU-114's, for the most part in africa but some in the middle east and eastern europe. Mostly they had not been returned when the lease expired. You would have had a very hard time filming what we did and making it into something anyone would want to watch. You'd have a better shot making a TV show out of my current cubicle-dwelling job.

3393RP
July 19th, 2013, 04:49 PM
The credits say that "some parts are reenactments with actors" I'd say 90% of it is actors.

From what I have been able to tell from a little research the scenes are completely fabricated. The underlying story is true, but the show is 100% reenactment.

That would explain how go pro cameras came to be mounted under the fuselage of the 172 and Lear 55 in the midst of the explosive high danger and drama. :D

Reality shows are uniformly bad, but this one is reeealy bad.

The shows with Nick Popovich are Emmy winners compared to this one. Sheesh.

X3 Skier
July 19th, 2013, 05:04 PM
The only reality in reality shows are:

They are not real

They are cheap to make

They make money

When they don't make money, they vanish

Cheers

cavmedic
July 22nd, 2013, 09:37 PM
LOL well put Jim. I loved it when the guy who took the 421 was trying to intimidate the Avionics guy who took the radios. The A&P just said eh so what get the hell out of my hangar. The best part was when the owner of the Citation 5 took the logs and flew the plane out from under the repo guys then when they tried to nail him somewhere outside Philly he did a touch and go and bugged out. It was a riot watching those guys get burned. I wonder if they ever got the plane as they certainly seem tenacious.


On the gig with no radios, I swear in two frames I saw some sort of radio to the right of the empty tray. On the left display is was tuned to 120.xx something .

I was watching it ondemand so the pause function was rather delayed.

JimG.
July 22nd, 2013, 09:47 PM
at least the show has airplanes…:yes:

There are worse…

http://images.tvrage.com/shows/33/32971.jpg

I would like to have the 30 min. of my life back watching this show

docmirror
July 22nd, 2013, 09:51 PM
I used to do boat repo in the southwest in the 80s. Sometimes it would get a little sketchy cause when the boat is in the water, the owner is in it or near it. My favorite was a Slickcraft on lake Mead. The guy was at the boat dock, and I told the marina I was going to repo it. The marina guy said wait till he pays his fuel bill. I walk out to the boat and check the hull ID, and the owner comes running back, tosses me off the back, and motors off at high speed in a no wake. The marina guy pulls me out, calls the patrol on his radio, they stop the guy, tow his boat back to the marina, the guy pays his fuel bill(77 gal), I take the boat, and he gets arrested. Bad day at the lake.

Palmpilot
July 22nd, 2013, 10:07 PM
In the one where the mechanic wouldn't give back the radios until he was paid for his work, I would think that the bank would come out ahead by having the repo guy pay the repair bill.

As for "The guy turned off the runway lights on me," I'm betting that they were pilot-controlled lights that just timed out, and that it was just more BS phony drama.

N747JB
July 22nd, 2013, 10:18 PM
In the one where the mechanic wouldn't give back the radios until he was paid for his work, I would think that the bank would come out ahead by having the repo guy pay the repair bill.

As for "The guy turned off the runway lights on me," I'm betting that they were pilot-controlled lights that just timed out, and that it was just more BS phony drama.

I know with car repo's the bank will usually pay for repairs completed on the vehicle IF the car is at the shop, mechanics lien.;) The example on the show was the guy took the radios out of the plane after releasing it to the owner, methinks the avionics guy, if that were the actual case, would be screwed.:mad2: I can't imagine a shop releasing the airplane and the flight manual supplements without payment, unless the guys check bounced.:dunno:
I can't see anyone turning off the runway lights while a plane is taking off? :dunno:

Palmpilot
July 22nd, 2013, 10:37 PM
I can't see anyone turning off the runway lights while a plane is taking off? :dunno:

I'm not saying no one could ever do it on purpose, just that the lights timing out is a much more common occurrence. I also don't see what motive the mechanic would have for doing it, since he still had what I presume were some pretty expensive avionics.

DanielH
July 23rd, 2013, 07:06 AM
Considering he had no way of turning them back on from the plane, they did most likely just time out.

N747JB
July 23rd, 2013, 09:10 AM
Considering he had no way of turning them back on from the plane, they did most likely just time out.

And speaking of no way to turn on the lights, what idiot flies a strange airplane without a handheld comm and GPS??:dunno:

DanielH
July 23rd, 2013, 09:47 AM
And speaking of no way to turn on the lights, what idiot flies a strange airplane without a handheld comm and GPS??:dunno:

Psshhh a cell phone will do just fine and he had his road GPS suction cupped to the window :wink2:

N747JB
July 23rd, 2013, 11:41 AM
Psshhh a cell phone will do just fine and he had his road GPS suction cupped to the window :wink2:

Yeah, yeah, I see ferry pilots do that all the time, why take a 396 with XM weather, when you have you're trusty Tom-Tom! :mad2::mad2:
I'm sure when other people see "reality" shows based on something they are familiar with, they have the same reaction, screeming at the TV.:nono:
I laugh at Wicked Tuna, and the Alaska flying shows, but they are fun to watch, better than which gay guy marries the slutty girl looking for a husband! :dunno:

AdamZ
July 23rd, 2013, 12:16 PM
I'm surprised no one commented on the scene where the pilot tried to get fuel from the truck but the hose was locked. I guess the producers want the public to think that if your repoing something its ok to break as many laws as you need to including Tresspass, theft etc. Unreal!

N747JB
July 23rd, 2013, 01:04 PM
I'm surprised no one commented on the scene where the pilot tried to get fuel from the truck but the hose was locked. I guess the producers want the public to think that if your repoing something its ok to break as many laws as you need to including Tresspass, theft etc. Unreal!

Yeah, did you notice the lock looked brand new? I mean what fuel pump or fuel truck isn't locked during non-business hours? What airplane, especially a nice looking 414A is in the hangar with no gas? The shots of the panel showed 20-30 gallons per side, plenty for a short flight? :dunno: All about adding to the drama. :nono:

cavmedic
July 23rd, 2013, 01:07 PM
I just looked at the end of the no radio scene again . Right after he calls "the tower" to have them turn on the lights and tells the camera man to watch for traffic , there is infact some sort of radio lit up in the stack right under the crt ... In the beginning of that portion , it shows all the trays empty , but they are indeed back for the end of the show.. unfortunately the camera man is shaking the camera so you cant get a good view of the panel and I cant pause the ondemand frame by frame to get a good shot of it .

fobermueller
September 19th, 2013, 10:17 PM
My wife who does not like flying finds the show interesting. She HATES Amish Mafia, Storage Wars, etc With aviation being out of the public eye except for the accidents anything that portrays aviation in a favorable light is good. There are shows like Ice Pilots (wife likes) and Air Alaska (wife does not) that do portray the rigors of commercial flying. The early Airplane Repo was accurate but most repossessions were towing the plane into a rented hangar and doing an annual.