Is Airplane Repo on the Discovery Channel fake?

Airplane Repo Discovery Channel

We have written a couple of times about the airplane repo business (see Risky business: Being an airplane repo man and Meet an airplane repo man) plus the Discovery Channel has even created a reality TV series called Airplane Repo where repo men chase multi-million dollar jets across America. However, just how real is the Discovery Channel’s Airplane Repo show?

That was the subject of a recent thread on the Airline Pilot Forum with a moderator under the pseudonym UAL T38 Phlyer pointing out:

And somehow, they always have time to mount belly-cameras—-more than one—-on these airplanes they are in a ‘hurry’ to takeoff with. On a Canadair, I assume they used more than duct-tape.

He or she then added:

I saw it the other night (surfing through it). They took a Cessna from a ranch in Texas. A ranch-hand gave chase to one of the guys on the ground. The guy who took the plane buzzed him repeatedly to drive him off.

Now, unless this was done with the full blessing of the FAA (under the auspices of an ‘air show’), only a dunce would allow video of such an event to actually be broadcast.

UAL T38 Phlyer concluded it was “staged, mindless spectacle for the uninformed” while rightside02 added:

Totally staged and a joke, I would guess about 14 percent of what you see is really true. The rest is drama for ratings, which I understand, the public wants drama.

Next new show, jersey shore cast gets the ppl and does the repos themselves !

Someone then posted a question to ask what happened to a reality show where they had a variety of people competing in flight training for some sort of prize, but then someone answered that the show only lasted about two episodes – no doubt because it could not compete with the Jersey Shore.

Finally, TheFly posted:

Just saw an episode where they “repod” a Beech Jet 400. There’s was a cut scene from inside the cockpit just as V1 is called, the attitude indicator is in a 60 degree bank and around a 15 degree nose down pitch. Engines probably weren’t event running.

Fake.

Taking all of the above comments into consideration, we would like to ask you our readers whether or not you have seen an episode of Airplane Repo. If so, what’s your verdict? Real, fake or just plain entertaining?!!!

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161 Responses to Is Airplane Repo on the Discovery Channel fake?

  1. Jim August 23, 2013 at 02:55 #

    There is no way it’s not staged. They just “repo’d” a Citation VII-supposedly the owner was stupid enough to let Kevin take pictures of it, then left the aircraft unattended while he met with someone from the “Airport Association” who he should recognize yet some stranger poses as them. Running away from the girl at the front desk with logbooks in hand, while they tow the aircraft out unopposed by her. I call bull on this

    • D.G. August 30, 2013 at 13:29 #

      Unfortunately, you’re right…it’s totally staged. In fact, in the Citation-VII scene, where the Cowboy (Lacey) was assisted by a pony-tailed Co-pilot (Dennis), the truth of the matter is that the Citation-VII is actually the plane that Dennis is the Captain on, and that was his hangar (which is in Louisiana, and not in Mississippi, as said on the show.) Disappointing.

      • JIm September 15, 2013 at 02:44 #

        I hate to say it but as much as I love watching the planes, this insults my intelligence. Mike Rowe: “It’s either crash, or land her on a glacier” then they add stupid noises. Sad. This show is stupid

    • Firstproduct September 2, 2013 at 11:45 #

      Also on that scene where he is recording the aircraft with his iPhone, its a point in the shot where he is wearing a gopro on his chest. You can see it in the reflection of the varnished cabinet. Also earlier in the interview scene, you can see the gopro protruding out of his suit. What makes this a give away is that the narrator said he was going in with a pin-camera (which is very small and hard to see, used for spying) but instead it’s this big gopro camera. You will think that the guy he was getting interviewed by will be tipped off about that camera on his chest. I deem this show totally FAKE.

      • Jim September 17, 2013 at 21:18 #

        Also in the same episode, when the receptionist is chasing him saying “may I help you sir?” there is a third person with a camera filming her as she runs. I thought he went in alone.

        • mike October 10, 2014 at 15:57 #

          What about the episode taking a prisoner on a repossessed plane??? Who’s insurance covers that not to mention they only have the face greed out so you don’t see him laughing. What pays more repo a plane or a vail jumper and I doubt the guy was a international fugitive with a million dollar bail.

    • Glen Smith February 4, 2014 at 15:35 #

      I’m 67 years old and I can’t stand stupid and thats what this show is hoping that people are so stupid as it is so phony its sad. Would be very good show otherwise and I’m hoping that its dropped . Glen

      • Chuck P. September 13, 2014 at 09:04 #

        No freakin way the show is real, I owned a Cherokee 180 for 10 years and I know how a FBO works AND the FAA. I also helped a friend repo cars around the LA area in the 70’s.
        As far as airports go, you need to blend in, the only place that biker guy will blend is a biker bar.
        The sky diving caper, total BS, he’d be in jail for a prank like that!

    • Keven Lacey April 20, 2014 at 05:14 #

      Seriously??? next thing you are going to tell me is that Santa and the Easter Bunny don’t exist,
      9/11 was real, MH370 didn’t land on Diego Garcia.
      This show is as real as your Government makes you believe it is…. hey look a man on the moon….. lmao, Oh And Gary? I will lend you some cash for a new car, if you promise to be an extra on my new Show, Diego Garcia – The New Bermuda Triangle. Discovery Channel is planning to fly to The Military Base and liberate MH 370, stay tuned if you Loved Airplane Repo, You Will Love…. Free MH370.

      • Andrew July 6, 2014 at 04:48 #

        NASA did in fact go to the moon. Keep your unfounded slander to yourself.

        • nopromo October 11, 2014 at 06:25 #

          Andrew u say keep your unfounded slander to yourself.so answer me one question.how come we havent been back since i think it was 1970 was the last saposid mission

          • Space Cadet October 15, 2014 at 18:50 #

            nopromo, why go back to a place that has nothing to offer? Its like going back to an ex girlfriends house after shes been happily married for 10 years, pointless.

    • Ace Combat September 5, 2014 at 20:15 #

      FAKE, no way can u pull that crap off as smoothly as they portray it

      • joe k October 19, 2014 at 04:55 #

        FAKE………….

    • melissa September 20, 2014 at 11:56 #

      I would be sad if Mike Rowe was involved in a show that lacked integrity.

      • ted September 30, 2014 at 20:30 #

        Mike Row does voice work for a paycheck, I wouldnt consider him “involved” with the show.

      • Jim October 4, 2014 at 03:06 #

        I’m just watching the episode where Mike is trying to land a Piper Arrow in total blackout. The narrator says “The failing battery has tripped the circuit breakers” and my very first thought is “why don’t you just check the breaker panel to see if one is popped and try resetting it?”. Ten to one that wasn’t the whole explanation. When he lands it’s clear from the footage that a landing light is in use so it’s not total blackness. I realize this is entertainment and I do enjoy it but sometimes it leaves me shaking my head

    • Kevin September 27, 2014 at 15:36 #

      Just watched the latest show crop duster and water plane. Just so happened a boat was there to film them taking off??!!…

      • Kenneth Mclaws October 2, 2014 at 07:40 #

        I thought it was pretty good for the film crew to be on the same lake that they landed in. Also they took off from an airport in the albatross yet when they have trouble with the engine why would they put it on the water when I’m sure it would have been easier to land it and work on it on asphalt. I did like the blood on the one guys face.

        • bill October 10, 2014 at 09:18 #

          Plus they corey guy they supposedly repo it with actually owns the airplane and the FBO

        • David Lindenau October 10, 2014 at 21:05 #

          In “Flying Blind” there were 2 cameras mounted to the bikers (bad guys) motorcycles when they were on there way back to the hangar. In the same episode when they’re supposed to be 90 miles from the coast when the power goes out you can see city lights out the window.

        • Cody October 14, 2014 at 20:11 #

          Just land that water plane on asphalt, I’m sure that wouldn’t just crash it. Thiiink man.

    • HandnymanHerb October 4, 2014 at 20:07 #

      Pure bullshit, hard to watch without saying WTF, the show where they took two batteries out of cars to jump a plane while running around in a cart full of batteries and they always just get away or have cops looking like total dumb asses, but they doesn’t take much for some of them

    • Mark Zappa October 9, 2014 at 04:59 #

      It is so fake it is not even funny. Worse than South Beach Tow. Awful.

    • Greg October 10, 2014 at 02:34 #

      I know for a fact it is fake. Cory bentzen in the davis county / albatross episode owns the fbo they repo’ed the plane from also it is still there at KODG . I worked at that FBO and know several people involved and it’s fake fake fake.

      • FactCheck October 11, 2014 at 03:53 #

        KODG is not an IACO ident. for any airport so if you are going to claim to be an insider with an inside knowledge please at least use some shred of truth first

        Not that I disagree with the fact that the show is fake, but so are you.

        • yourmom October 19, 2014 at 05:11 #

          So what’s an IACO ident? Never heard of one…ah irony. At least spell it right if you’re gonna bring it up.

    • Tahoedirt October 10, 2014 at 03:55 #

      I know it’s staged, but on the other hand- I’d rather look at cool planes and yachts as opposed to storage lockers- I say it’s fun to watch and it sounds like all of you are watching it too ??

  2. Rob Da Chick Repo Man August 23, 2013 at 02:55 #

    I enjoy the show. Obviously most parts are dramatizations but having let vehicle repo men in condo gates late at night to watch the fun ensue, I sympathize with the lender. As for filming the real deal, it wouldn’t be fully appropriate to reveal the down and dirty part of the business on tape for all to watch. B&E, trespassing and other areas of this business might not play well for an industry uneducated audience.

  3. Brian August 23, 2013 at 03:12 #

    Obviously fake. Watch for all those camera men running around, breaking doors/locks, stealing fuel, etc They’d be arrested. How come “Security” is always 10 seconds too late? No clearance for takeoff. See all the camera angles….would have to have at least three camera men running around, not to mention stationary cameras mounted on buildings etc. Why never any Near Misses on runways? Watch the take offs…. cameras all over the runway. Total Bull

  4. alex August 23, 2013 at 04:39 #

    There’s many pilots out there including myself. this program is just another entertainment show for actual idiots who like to see some people almost die. And what’s even much worse is the producers and directors trying to show this. I certainly hope this is just temporary the past few five years. I’ll wait till the Discovery is back where it was 10 years ago or so. I love shark week!! as always do. but the megladon shit took that away also. down hill discovery, the history, the learning ch. and a few others.

    • Chris Garner September 6, 2014 at 20:47 #

      So true!!! Everything is fake and dramatized. Like bearing sea gold etc. I’m a professional diver and it’s all bs. Same with wicked tuna. They put sounds and drama that’s not true and not a big deal. I too wish discovery was like it was before megladon etc etc.

    • HandnymanHerb October 4, 2014 at 20:09 #

      I hate shark week and don’t even tune in to discovery for that week

  5. Stephen Cobb August 23, 2013 at 23:26 #

    I call total BS. There’s no way the legal owner of an aircraft has to skulk around to get it back. I used to repo cars and trucks for banks and never had to “steal” one (most folks drove the car to the bank and handed me the keys because they agreed with me that they couldn’t keep it if they couldn’t pay for it).

    Airport personnel that obstructed the legal owner would actually be in breach of the law.

    I don’t see the need for stealth or speed or drama, except to build a show. After fine work on Deadliest Catch, this fluff should be beneath ace narrator Mike Rowe.

  6. Maudy August 29, 2013 at 00:34 #

    The show was obviously created by total numbnuts. I don’t fly, but I’ve caught more than a few suspicious scenes. I also question the need for stealth and subterfuge if a repo-man has paperwork from the court/lender stating that the aircraft belongs to him (via the court/lender). Not to mention the fact that flying is a risky business, why then would a pilot fly an aircraft which has only had a cursory “inspection”?

    What a shame! I was prepared to really enjoy this show. The story about the jet in FLA where the repo men run to his house to catch the owner would have been hysterical if it hadn’t been so sad.

  7. 63 Marine August 30, 2013 at 18:25 #

    I would say that 90% of that show is scripted (FAKE). How would they get all the external cameras mounted on the repos? Also, what about the camera man left on the ground “shooting” the repo’d plane taking off. Its a fun show to watch but, I would like more reality shows and less FAKE stuff.

  8. Gary August 31, 2013 at 17:23 #

    After seeing what these guys are doing I am having a tough time with this repo deal.
    If you told me you would pay me $300,000 to retreive a plane, I would have a hard time & most people would turning that kind of money down.
    But, I don’t have alot of sympothy for someone with enough money to buy a 3 million dollar toy. But, as far as a regular repo man jacking cars and work stuff from people. Those repo men should be burnt alive for doing that to average people. They think their cute, most of them are to chick to publicly portray what they do in a open manner. They hide lie a bunch snakes. They won’t put a decal on their truck that says ” ACME Repo” there to chicken to walk up to a man face to face 1 on 1 and tell a working man they are taking their car. There pussies in the highest form. They aren’t thinking about reailty. If they look back to 2008 its the fucking criminals that run the banks that created the collapse of our finincial system causing everyone to lose there job, then after they robbed all of America of its weath in one fail swoop, the banks then come in behind that 6 months later and start doing massive repos of everything. Then they hold all these assets and bribe the goverment politicians to pay them for all those assets. Then they turn arund and sell the stuff for another big profit.
    I would like to see all the people that justify taking other peoples property drug out in the middle of the road, pour gas on them and set on fire. They are the absolute lowest form of life on earth. They don’t think what they have done to that persons life, the people around them, that had nothing to do with that car, but they depend on that car owner for their means in life.
    Repo men ride around hiding in unmarked tow trucks, and they are nothing but thiefs, there stealing as per the banks own contract on that loan.

    • Dave R September 21, 2013 at 17:42 #

      Wow Gary,

      You seem too angry to have an objective point of view. You are asking to be ignored both on this thread and throughout other portions of your life.

      I’d say “have a nice day”, but I’m not sure that is possible for you!

    • PPL Captain Mouse October 31, 2013 at 16:52 #

      Wow man, your rant makes me think you’ve had run-ins with repo-men at some point. Do you wear a tinfoil helmet? Why do your type always think the entire world is in cahoots to screw you and keep you from ever being successful?

      When you buy something, you either have the money or you don’t. If you don’t, you either don’t purchase the item or you get some sort of financial help like a loan or lease. When you obtain those extra finances you sign a contract. You are not under pressure to sign it. You are free to have someone else read it before signing, so you clearly understand you are required to pay back what you borrowed, plus interest, at designated intervals and amounts. This isn’t a secret. It’s written loud and clear so YOU understand your obligations once you accept the finances. Even children understand what it means to “borrow”. Do you not realize you no longer own what you bought when you fail to meet the obligations of the contract you signed?

      People like you always think they are the victim. How pissed off would you be at your employer if you were paid every two weeks and he/she suddenly decided not to pay you after two weeks of work? I’m guessing extremely pissed. What actually caused the financial crisis in the US is subprime mortgages to people who really couldn’t afford to pay back. When the market and dollar went bust, no one could pay the banks and they loaned out ridiculously large sums money to high-risk lenders for little interest. That is illegal here in Canada. Banks here DO NOT want to have to repo any assets from lenders. It costs money and when they resell it, it’s often very cheap and rarely covers the loan. They gamble that the vast majority of people will have no problems paying them back and the interest collected from those people (and insurance) help cover what isn’t collected from no-payees. In Canada, banks are careful who they lend money to, it’s never subprime and they try to make it as low risk as possible. It’s why we only stumbled for a second before going about business as usual when everything went south, well…. Down South.

      So it’s simple. If you don’t think you can make payments on something, particularly a toy (like a plane, sports car, cottage, snowmobile, boat, RV, etc.), if you were to run into financial trouble, it’s simple: DO NOT BUY IT! Yes, some people need to risk a loan to fix their house, a basic car, start-up a company, purchase much needed equipment, school, etc.. However, it’s not the banks fault should you run on hard times. You’re still obligated to pay and if you can’t, forfeit your assets.

      How fast do you think there would be a crisis if banks started say, “Ah, don’t worry about paying us. We’ll survive giving out large sums of money and making nothing in return”. That’s what screwed them. It’s the materialistic “Live Large” mentality of the US that ruined the financial system. If the government didn’t bail out the banks, the US would be in a very, very, bad position to have their leading major companies bought up by foreigners. Is that better? Every large American Corporation owned by a foreign company? Ya, thought not.

      The lessons simple. Have the cash in hand, then go buy your toy and don’t get a loan if you’ll have trouble paying it back should you loose your job, etc.

      • Bob August 23, 2014 at 03:00 #

        Foreigners would then own the banks? Lol who do you think owns the fed? “Undisclosed” foreign banks. Wake up.

      • Robert September 7, 2014 at 16:11 #

        Yes, I’d say that guy has more problems than watching a fake TV show. Ha Ha

      • Kenneth Mclaws October 2, 2014 at 07:50 #

        Well said.

    • joe January 13, 2014 at 19:56 #

      If you don’t pay your mortgage you lose your house. Don’t pay your vehicle payments after being given numerous opportunities to pay then you lose your ride. Why talk to them face to face? Letters and phone calls didn’t do any good wtf would talking face to face do?

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 04:31 #

      what a maroon

    • JMcIntosh September 6, 2014 at 02:34 #

      Ummm… Pay your car note, Gary. You do that, you don’t have to worry about repo men. If you don’t pay for something, you have no right to own it. It’s really that simple.

    • Luke October 11, 2014 at 05:34 #

      Are you serious?! The economic collapse was due to criminals that were running the banks?! You feel bad for people who get their supposed property repoed?! Hey buddy IF THEY CAN’T PAY FOR IT THEN IT IS NOT THEIRS!! And you say you feel no sympathy for people who can afford a 3 million dollar toy. You feel no sympathy for them because you are a sad, jealous, fool.

  9. Gary August 31, 2013 at 17:41 #

    Oh,
    Did I say I hope all repo men and Bankers burn in Hell. There the reason America has turned into a sewer. The bigger the criminal the less the time for the bigger crime.
    Bankers, Lawyers, & RepoMen are the three professions that if they were all dead today. The country would be just fine without them and return to its glory

    • Jason September 10, 2013 at 19:27 #

      You’re retarded.

    • TSMITH September 15, 2013 at 18:07 #

      ^^^^^Gary—you are an uneducated idiot. Please—if you are going to rant…at least learn to spell.

    • Bill Duke September 15, 2013 at 21:42 #

      Dumbest post on the internet.

    • Dave R September 21, 2013 at 17:47 #

      Again, wow Gary –

      America has not “turned into a sewer”, and there is no need for America to “return to its glory”. Why do you think we have a such a long line of people wanting to move here?

      I wonder if you have ever visited other parts of the world? If you had, you’d see we have it pretty good here in America. Get some pride in yourself and where you call home!

      Try to have a nice day.

    • CJ October 1, 2013 at 20:44 #

      Gary:

      You’ve had your stuff repo’d before haven’t you? That’s the only logical explanation for your retarded remarks. Pay your bills and maybe you wouldn’t have so much built up aggression :)

    • Luke October 11, 2014 at 05:44 #

      Gary, the reason why the country is not in it’s most glorious times is because idiots like you. You have absolute zero common sense it’s unbelievable.

  10. TomB September 1, 2013 at 20:16 #

    Just saw an episode that completely jumped the shark. Now I realize they have to dress things up and make them more exciting, this was utter brainlessness.

    Apparently 2 repo men were going after a $3 million jet (just saw the end, don’t know what kind). The owner, by stealing the log books out of their car (?), fooled them into going to his house to steal them back, however, while their BOTH at the guy’s house, he pulls a fast one and steals the plane back, flying it away. Hard enough to believe two cement heads like that could run a successful business.

    Anyway, at the end of the show they are shown at another airport with information that the debtor and his plane are about to land, so what do they do, go out to runway with 2 security trucks, lights flashing, to “surprise” them. MY first thought is “Hey, this guy is going to see the freaking flashing lights and fly away!”, and sure enough, he does a touch-and-go and flies away, leaving the repo men in shock.

    Sorry, but nobody is that stupid.

  11. Capt Sully September 1, 2013 at 20:34 #

    Just watched this guy reach his hand around a secured gate to open it from the inside then jimmy the hangar door with a credit card….. HAHA….. That’s the only 5 min of this BS show I will watch, clearly entertainment for fools

  12. LOL Discovery Channel September 1, 2013 at 21:45 #

    Did no one watch the credits? There was message clearly stating that some of the scenes were reenactments, created in an effort to protect the identity of the people involved. Uh huh, I’m sure that’s the reason. 9_9

  13. ralph mizia September 1, 2013 at 23:12 #

    so a repo guy trudges through alaska wilderness to repo a plane. He then mounts two
    cameras on the plane and takes off leaving two cameramen behind, waiting for the chopper to pick them up.

    Another show has the repo man disable an airport gate post 911. No federal charges?

    You climb over an airport fence, break into a lock box and no camera spots you?

    The show has a half ass disclaimer at the end of the show that goes by so fast it’s hard to read.

  14. ccw10 September 2, 2013 at 16:08 #

    Yea, I just watched an episode where they snatched a plane from a hanger at an airport not far from L.A. You’d have to be a damn fool not to believe that, in this day & age after 911, fighter jets would be not scrambled to help this plane land real quick! And somehow the tower clears them for takeoff while security is chasing them? Sure!

  15. chris September 5, 2013 at 05:23 #

    One episode they had cargo in the back. One shot of them taking off showed the cargo not even reaching the top of the plane and in the next shot it was. This show is deffinetly fake.

  16. kingck September 5, 2013 at 23:45 #

    personally i could be fake but it sure is entertaining as hell

    • Duster January 29, 2014 at 05:02 #

      “entertaining as hell”

      You’re having a larf. Get out more.

  17. FlyByNight September 6, 2013 at 16:32 #

    Good show… if watched without sound.

    Next season: the Amish Mafia – Moonshiners to start repo’ing haunted heavies out of South American gold mines. And, it’s all true — except for “some” dramatizations to protect the Amish/moonshiners/zombies/whatever. (You heard it hear first).

    I paid for an upgraded Dish package just to get Discovery/Discovery Science. What was I thinking? In a few more months, when my contract is up, that will be the end of that.

  18. Jones September 7, 2013 at 17:45 #

    I noticed when they broke in to the hanger, they already had go pro cameras mounted on the jet, and when the owner left he was gone for only one minute, so how did they get the jet from one hanger to another in less than a minute? This show is fake and staged.

  19. Mark September 12, 2013 at 20:22 #

    Citation VII episode was hilarious. I used to fly that airplane –– N7AB. Still looks good!

  20. Dorian September 15, 2013 at 05:04 #

    A friend just texted me to watch this “amazing airplane repo show on Discovery Channel”.

    Having aviation and tv production experience, it took about 30 seconds to realize this show is 100% staged. It’s sad that the Discovery Channel has to follow the footsteps of TruTV with a fake “reality” show.

    Mark Twain said it best, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

    I’d say that’s true with 99% of all media today.

  21. John September 16, 2013 at 02:57 #

    COMPLETELY STAGED!
    Ok, I’ve watched them all and gotten some comic relief from some of the ridiculous comments of the actors…or uh repo men. I love watching airplanes and hope that some people like the program enough to get into aviation for a different thrill, flying. It is sad that they have to stoop to make aviation seem so scary. Did I mention the comic relief portion? Honestly it is funny.

  22. Beth Blair September 16, 2013 at 03:12 #

    I watched a couple of episodes last night only because it had planes in it. I expected it to be phoney and it sure was. All of you have already pointed out many things that were just wrong and I’ll add another one.

    When I was flying, my Cherokee had keys. One for the door and a different one for the ignition. If she wasn’t in my hanger the aircraft was locked. If I needed to go inside to pay for fuel service somewhere the door was locked. The door lock cylinder was loose and I’m sure it could have been easily picked. And I do remember hearing if you had a half dozen different Piper keys you had keys to every Piper ever built. I know not all aircraft have door and ignition keys. But, I watched 2 episodes and never heard the word key mentioned.

  23. Capt. Roy September 17, 2013 at 00:45 #

    About a “real” as any other show I suppose. The aviation portion is completely faked, and the legalities of the repos are as bad. I’ve only watched a few episodes and as a pilot I can’t stomach any more.

  24. Tvpilot September 17, 2013 at 02:06 #

    As so many of you have noted it is bull. As a documentary producer, airshow guy, and pilot, its beyond me that anyone would; 1. watch this crap, 2. believe it is anything but a complete fabrication. First off, airports are secure… how the hell are these people getting in and operating without being noticed. Driving on an airport generally requires mgr permission, and an AVOpermit. Buzzing people was raised in this thread, 1. FAA would consider that an airshow, requiring a permit, 2. without a surface permit, the pilot is clearly in violation of FARs. 3. why the hell would you take the risk at low level to buzz someone? At night!!! 4. in multiple scenes the camera operator is clearly exposed while the repo goofs are hiding out. Wouldn’t the guy with the giant camera give it away? It like this; Reality TV has come as far as it can come without a guaranteed car chase (or boat chase in the florida airboat vs float plane show.) The only way to do that is to script it. Done. It not a reality show. it is an Unreality show… This program gives pilots a bad name. Jumping in a plane without a throrough walk around sets a bad example and is just downright dangerous. If you are pilot…don’t do what these guys do. If you are an AC owner looking for a ferry pilot or commercial pilot don’t hire these guys…. they have sold out their aviation careers for a flash of flame.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:08 #

      I wanna know how the majority of the planes have GAS in them, and when they DON’T, nobody notices when they steal the fuel trucks from somewhere. I also noticed in one of last nights episodes….(Chek fighter jet) that at one moment the pilot and repo guy were wearing flight suits and as they fly away they have NO flight suits. wtf??? That being said, I only found this show two weeks ago and noticed immediately it’s suspicious and can’t be true, but I can’t quit watching it!!!! BTW….my grandpa was president of the Sioux Falls , SD aviation club at one point and had a Cesna. Let me at the helm once in awhile….so I kinda recognize the improbability of the show. Again…can’t stop watching!

  25. Kevin September 18, 2013 at 02:07 #

    Discovery channel must have ties to our current government. Lets dummy up america some more. Fake plane shows, fake shark shows, red necks looking dumb and the list goes on and on. Don’t watch this crap

  26. Miike September 20, 2013 at 05:21 #

    How about when they repo the Beaver, didn’t they take snowmobiles in before reverting to snowshoes? I guess they make so much $$ on the repo that they can afford to leave the snow machines behind. Also in that episode, as the pilots take off from the glacier they made the emergency landing on, presumably with the camera man in tow, you can catch a glimpse of two figures standing downslope from the plane as it takes off. Are these more cameramen or are they day hikers from a Disney cruise? If the repo men had been unable to “fix” the Beaver on that remote, unnamed glacier, perhaps these hikers could have offered them food and shelter aboard said cruise ship

    • Mark PNW September 21, 2013 at 23:08 #

      They could have been flown out in the helicopter that was up filming their takeoff from the glacier…
      And the narrator said their only choice was to fix the plane or freeze there that night…

      (pretty footage of Alaska on that episode though)

      :-)

  27. Helo TI September 20, 2013 at 20:12 #

    Guys, I agree with almost all of your points, except for Gary, he’s special.
    Anyways, it’s hangAr, not hangEr. You park Aircraft in hangArs and Everything else is just a hangEr.
    My .02. Carry on.

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 05:30 #

      You are so right Helo TI, Gary is special. God bless the USA for taking care of the Gary’s of this country. Hang in there Gary, I hear they are going to increase SSI 2% in 2015. That should equate to the cost of about 10 quarts of malt liquor.

  28. Dave R September 21, 2013 at 17:40 #

    Yea, obviously staged, but everyone should understand this is television. The object is to make money, not present truth (especially in programs not presented as news, which is also sometimes faked).

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure Discovery Channel presents this as entertainment, and not a complete reflection of reality (see disclaimer referenced elsewhere on this thread). If you don’t enjoy the show, simply don’t watch it!

    Remember, “reality TV” is not the same as “reality”. Everyone knows this.

  29. Dave R September 21, 2013 at 17:50 #

    Please note it is possible to be entertained by a TV show, while still understanding how fake the show is, even with those shows that are marketed as “reality TV”.

    No one thinks “reality TV” is the same as “reality”, right?

  30. Cletus September 27, 2013 at 16:36 #

    The show is real, man. IT’S REAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    • James November 12, 2013 at 04:25 #

      haha funny, the show is real? Everything on television is fake and scripted, mindless drones we have all become, I feel like i’m in the Matrix.

    • I. P. Freeley October 10, 2014 at 01:16 #

      I agree. Don’t they say on t.v. ” if it’s on tv it has to be the truth” end of discussion.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:21 #

      Cletus, honey…..they repo planes wearing different clothes during the “quick” repo’s. I love the show anyway. Especially the crocidile guy. I call him the Super Cute McGuyver!

  31. Kevin Lacey September 28, 2013 at 16:33 #

    Ya’ll Need To Understand… What I Do Is Best For Business, If You Want To See The Real “Airplane Repo” Come to Collin County, Texas And See For Yourself.

    Best Regards, Kevin Lacey [Professional Air Repoman]

    • Joe Momma September 20, 2014 at 16:57 #

      Ok Mr. Lacey if you are who you say you are & yall really record in “collin county” what towns surround where the grass airstrip that yall use? Im not cslling you a liar, i hope ur telling tge truth but the chances of you being Kevin Lacey

  32. jojo September 29, 2013 at 02:41 #

    I was rooting for the debtors when I saw the muscle bound guy hacking thru the brush with a bowie knife.

  33. marc September 29, 2013 at 19:51 #

    Watching an episode right now. They’re repo-ing a plane in Idaho. They’ve got at least two camera operators, a chase car, a chase plane, and multiple cameras mounted on and in the plane being repo-ed. Then suddenly (and captured by a well placed camera), after having checked the tie downs on a small load of light boxes (that they did not open) prior to takeoff, the tie downs inexplicable release and the boxes tumble to the back of the cabin, creating a convenient in-flight situation. All this while deciding whether the turbine powered plane can actually make it over the mountain range they want to cross. They then make an ‘emergency landing’ at a nearby airstrip. Of course, somehow the landing is captured by a camera on the ground.

    The show is not only fake. It’s dumb.

  34. Melberg October 15, 2013 at 01:07 #

    Interesting show! I’m from the UK and being stationed in Toronto for a work stint, I ended up watching a back to back run of the show on Discovery Canada. I found it a total joke but very entertaining! It’s clearly a spoof, which is why I found this thread as I wanted to see what other people thought. The thing that got me is that the programme purports to be a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary. I would say the whole thing is completely staged but the fun in watching is finding the ‘oh come on!’ points! As I mentioned though I think it’s great entertainment.

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 05:33 #

      “fly in my soup” is more like it

  35. Andrew October 15, 2013 at 01:14 #

    I am not sure if I would call it fake. Staged yes but I would like to believe it is loosely based on actual repos. I doubt they would be able to tape a live repo since someone would notice all the extra camera men running around. That plus I just watched the episode mentioned by Jim. If I watched it right then the repo guys truck was still parked in front of the office. I find the show entertaining but I am not an idiot so I know it is staged. Now you want to talk about a really dump repo show then watch operation repo on OLN. Worst show ever…..

    • Andrew October 15, 2013 at 01:17 #

      You want to watch an actual reality show unscripted then head down to your local court house. Most cases are boring but every now and again there is that special kind of moron that makes the trip worthwhile.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:36 #

      I agree. What DO they do with all the vehicles and camera men left behind?

  36. Phil October 24, 2013 at 01:39 #

    Was also watching due my love of a/c, but became obviously disillusioned rapidly. However, after reading some of these funny posts I will watch with renewed enthusiasm watching for massive flaws which in hind sight maybe there for entertainment purposes. I am beginning to think the whole show is done with tongue firmly in cheek. Mike the commentator, is back in my good books.

  37. Geoff October 28, 2013 at 20:50 #

    I love airplane repo because of all the suspense. But I suspect it is staged because of the reasons already stated. One episode had the repoed plane forced to land on a snowy mountain top because of engine problems. Once they finally got the engine working, the camera showed them taking off , and they only had “one chance” to get it right. The camera man must have had his own plane because the video showed them taking off from the ground. That’s when I realized it had to be staged.

  38. Geoff October 28, 2013 at 20:54 #

    News flash. All reality shows are scripted, period.

  39. Colin S November 4, 2013 at 23:24 #

    I love this…

    I’m part of a flight simulator community, and I am a developer. I have only ever flown a plane twice. I posted a rant about the show over there and people started attacking me, telling me it’s realistic and crap. Quite funny. I don’t see a point in watching this kind of crap.

    I would probably watch the heck out of it if it was filmed like an action movie, it would make a great story, think about the possibilities!

    • James November 12, 2013 at 04:21 #

      ya totally agree, and the kicker is they have Mike Rowe narrating the whole thing to try and pass it off as real. I loved your comment, very good point.

      • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:39 #

        PLEASE everyone stop bashing Mike Rowe. He is AWESOME and his new new show on CNN called “Somebody’s Gotta Do it” is really really GOOD. Let’s not forget his work on Deadliest Catch.

  40. John O. November 9, 2013 at 08:56 #

    Talking about all the fake I assume that you are not talking about the first two episodes, two episodes that aired followed by about a year hiatus before all this fake crap. Repo team shows up at the airport, contacts sheriffs office, presents paperwork to the airport manager, attaches notice to the aircraft (which I assume is removed before flight, pesky reg about attaching stuff, or does that apply to just flight surfaces and engine lead) full inspection before flight with full cooperation of the airport authorities. Fees that are legally due to the airport are paid and the repo team leaves with the plane. I suspect mechanics and companies that are owed for doing maintenance and/or “upgrades” have to pursue the debtor through the courts.

    Did some idiot see something on TV and decide that he can do repo? Is that why he was standing in the flats out near the taxiways in clear view of a runway with lights flashing for everyone on approach to see? I was shocked that the aircraft did a touch and go because I did not expect the aircraft to even touch. The aircraft has to identify itself to any controlled airport it’s going to land at, it needs fuel and any pilot who wishes to keep his/her license is not going to fly it without proper maintenance so locating it while in Nortn America should not be too difficult. I don’t really watch the show any more, but there is not much on.

    Discovery needs to be more upfront about the crap and not hide behind a dislaimer flashed on the screen.

    The TV show “Mayday” seems to be an excellent quality show. They try to show the actual parts and I wish they were a bit clearer on that because I feel that sometimes they are presenting a mockup of the part as the part in question.

  41. James November 12, 2013 at 04:18 #

    Just watched an episode where they were trying to repo a farrari and the guy happens to go to a place where there is valet parking, how convienient, also even more convienient the valet leaves the box with all the car keys in it unsecured and unlocked. Come on! this is so fake, I have used valet parking before they just don’t leave keys for a car that’s worth over a 100k unsecured like that. I think the whole show is fake.

  42. antfun December 30, 2013 at 10:11 #

    Guys, regardles all the crap in that show you have mentioned before, the most evident and not noticed is that, nobody can just take off without any clearence and flight plan in the most air trafficated country in the world which is US.
    I don’t know any pilot who would ever risk his career and life to do so.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:49 #

      antun……I agree. Had same thoughts on the first episode I ever saw, Ya gotta have clearance to take off for heavens sake and WHERE do they land?

  43. Marc January 8, 2014 at 20:49 #

    I can’t believe it’s real… In these days? I think you’re shot down by fighterjets within 10 minutes!!!

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 05:40 #

      Shot down unless Dick Cheney wants you to get through!

  44. David Trew January 9, 2014 at 09:10 #

    I’m sick of fake reality shows, and this is just another. I’m not a pilot, but common sense tells me that no one gets to walk into a hangar full of multi-million dollar aircraft with a film crew, switch on all the lights, have access to all the tools and maneuvering vehicles, then gets to hop on board and take off without permission from ATC. They’ve made it look like they’re repo’ing cars. Where’s the security? Where’s the alarm system in the hangar? Even on last night’s episode where one of the repo men was arrested, his crew get to film him taking a nap in a jail cell. All so totally fake and contrived entirely for television ratings. Cynical, misleading and offensive as a result.

  45. Marlo January 9, 2014 at 13:11 #

    How fake can it be? Can’t wait for the episode where they will repo an A380!

  46. John January 25, 2014 at 00:33 #

    Watching this now
    One fella sneaking into an airport at night to rob a plane, sneaking along with the lights of 2 video cameras pinpointing him, some joke!

  47. soesman February 15, 2014 at 15:27 #

    I think that its fake…because They’re straling million dollar jets way to easy.alarm bells ringen! Most parts of the show must be fake.

  48. Terry March 27, 2014 at 15:33 #

    You have to understand, many reality shows are fake. But Airplane Repo is good entertainment, which is really all it is intended to be. You get to see some beautiful aircraft fly and that is good enough for me.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:55 #

      True…that’s why I can’t quit watching! I can’t quit watching the Dugger’s on TLC and I know that is a ruse too! NO FAMILY is that perfect…..cripes…I know a family with 10 kids….and it’s total chaos. I love seeing the PLANES. on repo though…I truly do.

  49. Adam May 15, 2014 at 23:48 #

    Season 2 of the show definitely has dramatizations. Yes, season 2. There was a season 1 that was only 3 episodes and featured a guy who isn’t on Season 2. Season 1 didn’t see fake or staged at all. It was actually a little boring sometimes, which is probably why they changed up the show so much. I follow the guys from Season 2 on Twitter and they are always happy to let people believe season 2 is actually season 1. They need to bring back the guy from season 1 though.

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 05:49 #

      Hey Adam, you’ll be happy to know Nick Popovich {season 1] will be back in season 3. He’s going to specialize in repoing unicorns, and I promise you this, it will NOT be boring.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 07:56 #

      is that the Popovich guy?

  50. katie June 19, 2014 at 13:02 #

    The airplane repo is clearly fake, but here in Australia, everyone thinks its 100% legit show. I mean, everyday we hear of shootings, and mass murders in america, so watching a show full of violent idiots is completely believable

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 06:04 #

      Oi, thats funny katie and a little sad Ausie’s think that. Hey katie, did you ever get dingo’s to stop eating your babies? Throw another shrimp on the barbie and have another Fosters, because I’m pretty sure you dont know Christmas from Bourke Street. Oooroo katie, have a good one

  51. John July 3, 2014 at 15:22 #

    I think a much better version of this show would be a reality show based on the filming of THIS reality show.

    Filming Airplane Repo. That might be watchable.

  52. John M July 3, 2014 at 16:17 #

    I watched an episode where they repo’d a 1940/50-esque yellow bare-bones plane, and “ran out of gas” mid flight. Although they made an ‘emergency landing’ with the engine running, the prop was stopped as they rolled to a halt in a field. Fortunately his friend who was flying chase landed next to him and saved the day. (Right. He had no issue about landing his plane in a field instead of finding the nearest airport and bringing him fuel, whatever…)

    But the 2 things that caught my attention – an experienced pilot would ‘steal’ a plane without checking fuel beforehand?

    Is it that easy to hand-start a plane that had just ‘run out of fuel’? Really – first crank. Nice.

    • everett August 23, 2014 at 06:13 #

      Sharp eye there John, good lookin out. The show is an insult! I just came up with a great reality show. “Crib Repo-Thats Justice Baby!!” Dont pay your Lord and Taylor bill they sneak in at night and repo all the baby stuff without waking the baby. It’ll be bigger than “Watch Me Eat a Worm” airing on the Food Network

  53. Charlene F August 24, 2014 at 03:46 #

    Total FAKE. My 17 year old daughter’s best friend’s dad was on the Aug 22nd show. He was the charter pilot in Mohave Desert. They were taking his bosses plane and implied it was confiscated by the government because of drug dealings. Well it was his plane, it wasn’t confiscated and the the scene was shot at the local airport and the gun shop owner and employees were the “police” or “FBI” that were confiscating the plane. My daughter even helped clean the hanger before the shoot. I always questioned why the police didn’t know about the repo ahead of time. Normally they are the first to be contacted. Also, you see them sneaking around but how do you hide the camera crew??? TAKE IT OFF THE AIR!!! Will never watch that show again.

  54. John August 30, 2014 at 05:53 #

    It’s called ENTERTAINMENT!!

  55. Eric B August 30, 2014 at 20:22 #

    THis is an easy question to answer, you don’t have to be a pilot or be well versed in these kind of shows to know that a large percent of the show from episode 4 and beyond is staged under the guise of protecting the bank, repo man and private property. We all know that is TV BS. The first 3 episodes featuring the single company that repossessed planes I can tell were 99% reality. That was obviously not appealing to the majority of americans. So instead of having a good show that shows real repossessions, we now have this hunk of crap that I’m sure has some reality to it. But it seems that every airport shoot is covered by multiple angels even with police in tow to capture the airplane thieves, wait I mean repo men. That appear to enjoy being arrested every time they repo a plane.

  56. Tre LaDormin September 2, 2014 at 12:41 #

    I live on a rural airport that was used in the show as a base of operations for one episode’s filming. Watched the crew for two days mid-summer 2014 set up and stage repo of jump school aircraft. A/C was actually owned by nearby jump school, and was loaned to the producers of the show for filming. From what I was able to observe, this is a low cost, high profit operation. For field work they borrow planes, use public space for filming, small crew, 2-3 rental minivans, low expenses. Most of the finished product is assembled from stock shots,and flying footage, spliced together in the cutting room with voice-over telling the tale. It’s a shame that the beauty of flying is getting the same media treatment as an informercial from Gary Trudeau. BTW there is some justice in the world of aviation…when the A/R team first flew into the airstrip, they had three landing attempts busted by errant ultralights buzzing around oblivious to the film crews. Noirmally I get P/O’d at the antics of the U/L’s but that day I was cheering them on.

    • Bill October 14, 2014 at 03:02 #

      Was that Cushing field????
      I like how they land on the cross runway and say it was two miles away……

      And use skydive Chicagos own 208 to repo the twin otters..

      Even the repos aren’t real on airplane repo

  57. MJ September 6, 2014 at 16:54 #

    First how is it that they always have the keys? Or do airplanes not need keys to turn them on? Or do banks somehow have universal keys just in case?

    The episode that told me it was fake was the one where a pilot flies a helicopter for the very first time. At first they show him struggling to fly it. Then after only a few minutes he seems totally competent with flying it. Is it really that easy for fixed winged pilots to transition to a whirly-bird?

    • richard September 13, 2014 at 19:19 #

      Fixed wing flying and helicopter flying are completely different. Licenses are different, ratings are different,training is different. If you can fly an airplane and have never trained in a heli… It would be an accident waiting to happen…not to mention impossible to figure out what does what. Show is fake, we all know it. Nobody in their right mind would threaten someone with a go pro camera or large discovery world camera on someone’s shoulder , pointing at them. Being a pilot myself, I’m insulted at how stupid discovery must think viewers are to believe that bs. By the way..if this show was real( which its not)..the FAA would be all over those guys! Not to mention they; trespass, break and enter,violate FAA regulations, etc… ALL ON CAMERA. Any other normal pilot or even person would be in jail or lose their license.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 08:04 #

      Amen MJ !!!! Created drama….thats all. But we have to admit that the Copter really DID appear in danger. Musta had a Hollywood stunt pilot to pull it off?

  58. fake September 13, 2014 at 02:51 #

    Proof the show is fake: S3,E4, the girl hiding behind the tree when the security guard was “washing his truck”, when she ran into the hangar, you could see the plastic covering her mic kit tucked into the back of her shorts.

    This was completely staged, or else she was psychic and knew she was gonna get sprayed with water.

    Same B/S with the guy firing a rifle at the plane taking off…this show belongs on tru-tv.

  59. Michael J September 13, 2014 at 21:43 #

    I’m not to shire about it. I meen the airplanes look reel and it woodnt be on TV if it was totaly fake that would be false advertise right. And the episode where they shoot at the waterplane and have to gas her up from the open baral of gas was pretty scarey I think. I’ve flowed a few times and the flyen parts seem pretty real looking out the windows and stuff.

  60. Golfpro September 14, 2014 at 00:44 #

    It has to be fake. They go in darkness to hide thefact they are about to repo an aircraft but theyhave a camera crew with lights on so they can film it. Thus there goes the cover of darkness!

  61. GolfPro September 14, 2014 at 00:54 #

    IT IS FAKE! They go in under darkness so as not to be seen and yet the camera crew has lights onso they can film. R u telling me that those lights are invisible so as not to be seen by security, owners or airport personnel?

    HAS TO BE FAKE!

  62. Jonathan September 14, 2014 at 03:51 #

    Ummmmm Mike?……YOU FORGOT REMOVE THE PITOT TUBE COVER!!!!!
    Look, we all know this show is completely fake. I work at an airport and I can’t so much as fart without proper badging. And for these guys to have complete freedom to roam around the AOA seriously boggles my mind! That being said, harmless and mindless entertainment is all this is. That and my love of airplanes tells me to ‘let go and enjoy’! Just enjoy it, people, for what it is…harmless.

  63. Bob September 14, 2014 at 05:49 #

    I enjoyed watching this show a bit, but I had to call BS at the guy sent to repo a helicopter. He jumps in, starts it, and begins rotating and crabbing about wildly while saying “great…the first time I take a chopper ride, and I’m piloting it. It’s like learning how to fly all over again.”

    I’m pretty sure it’s very illegal for someone to pilot an aircraft with which they have no experience or rating, and for which they are not licensed.

  64. Carlos Murphy September 14, 2014 at 14:50 #

    WHAT, not real?
    The shows is laughingly staged and insultingly fake.
    I owned a Cherokee 180 for 10 years, I know how a FBO and the FAA work.
    In the episode where he repoed a twin from a sky diving business and had all the jumpers and pilot out looking for him (a missing jumper) he’d would be in jail for that “prank”!

    The producers of these kind of shows have their heads up their you know what’s….

  65. Dan September 14, 2014 at 18:18 #

    I am a pilot (C-SEL/MEL IA CFII/MEI) and loved the show at first. I realize much of the content has to be re-enacted and dramatized or it would be boring as hell, but as the show progressed the technical accuracy and, hence, credibility has declined to the point that it has become unwatchable. I especially love the repo flights into heavy IMC. NO pilot is going into heavy IMC in a plane he never flew before. Then after building the drama about how difficult the landing is going to be due to the horrific weather, they miraculously break out around 2,000′ AGL with a million miles visibility. Like I said, I can tolerate some technical accuracy sacrifice for entertainment purposes but the show has become a comedy.

  66. Dave September 17, 2014 at 18:35 #

    As a rule I will watch anything related to aviation, but as so many others have pointed out, this is just so phoney it insults the intelligence. Just another step in Discovery Channel’s descent (plummet?) into trash television.

  67. FivePops September 21, 2014 at 01:03 #

    Did you see the episode where the guy got in a fight with the owner of the plane who here used to fly for. The repo guy suddenly has “blood” on his face and shirt. No video of any punches thrown. Pan to the shot of him flying the plane and not a single scratch on his face.

    Definitely fake!

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 08:12 #

      Good point! Just like they show up wearing different cameras and different clothes.

  68. Michael September 21, 2014 at 02:17 #

    Fake as fuck. All of it. Only the. Commercials are real.

  69. DH September 21, 2014 at 06:32 #

    Reading through the comments I have 2 points to make: First, should the show be fake, what does it matter? The whole point of television is to entertain the viewer. If you’re going to complain about the lack of reality in these kind of shows you might as well challenge the possibility of a talking sponge who lives in a pineapple flipping burgers & serving them to other talking sea life. Second, if you do not like the show then simply do not watch it. Your hate & disdain is not needed & those who do enjoy it do not want to read over & over again how fake & terrible the show they like is. It’s not a big deal whether it’s fake or not. It’s for entertainment purposes so leave it at that.

    • lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 08:15 #

      all my previous comments aside….I really DO watch the show. Drama and intense.
      PLUS the McGuyer guy really keeps me on the show, Seems everyone wants it gone but I will miss it when it goes.

  70. Jeffery September 21, 2014 at 15:53 #

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

    Yes, they pick the most dramatic repos to air. It seems to me that many of these are deadbeats who have been hiding their planes at private fields where security is tight. You have to get to the plane to mark it repo’d, and the managers of these fields aren’t going to let you without calling the owner. Easier to sneak in and get to the plane first, then deal with any fall out by presenting the paperwork. And I’m positive they reflim things for effect later, otherwise they wouldn’t get the angles they have in many cases. Lots of guys running around with big cameras isn’t very stealthy, so you reshoot that stuff later.

    60% of all repo’s are easy, done openly, have the airports blessing, and half of those have the owner involved freely giving up the plane. The other 30%… those are the ones Discovery airs.

    Oh, and keys: airplanes don’t have keys. The assumption is airport security is enough to keep them safe.

  71. phil September 26, 2014 at 21:14 #

    Man, is this discussion packed with know-it-all blowhards, cranks and oddballs! The show admits that some scenes are re-enacted. Who cares? It’s ENTERTAINMENT. You dour self-styled “experts” are real boors.

  72. Phil September 27, 2014 at 07:19 #

    I’m interested in the planes. I’m not interested in the retarded fictitious “drama” they create that insults my intelligence.

    I just wanted an episode where they were chased by a combine in a corn field. I wanted to claw my eyes out.

  73. acepilot1 September 28, 2014 at 01:26 #

    Too bad its a B.S show…..Its funny the keys are in everything…..Think I will watch honey booboo…..B.S.

  74. Rick September 30, 2014 at 21:02 #

    OK, the show is totally fake and mostly a bad sitcom. But as commercial pilot I enjoy seeing the different types of aircraft. I just enjoy it for the entertainment and stupidity.

  75. Shawn October 2, 2014 at 22:26 #

    I think the footage we see is usually never the actual repossession but a remake of an uneventful job with lots of drama added in. Getting into and moving around an airport is easy if you look like you belong and that you know what you are doing. The easiest way in almost every case is to just fly another plane into the airport and bingo you really do belong there. Why always have to break into or sneak past security or the FBO in order to gain access? The biggest issue for me is that there is always a confrontation when they nab a plane. Most of the times I go preflight I’m the only person on the line and that is during the day. At night I am definitely the only person doing anything in the area.

  76. Spade October 3, 2014 at 20:02 #

    Show faker then Jerry Springer!

  77. Tim October 4, 2014 at 04:15 #

    It’s absolutly fake. I’m watching it right now. They claim to be in the Bahamas but they are in Key West Florida.

  78. I. P. Freeley October 10, 2014 at 01:32 #

    Next your going to tell me that the old tv show “Sky King” was scripted.

  79. lauri liptak October 10, 2014 at 08:21 #

    Cool to find this website/blog. Both sides of you all have valid points and I agree both ways. I like the “stars” of this show and LOVE the planes. One guy said it best though and that is I would love to see a show about the MAKING of this show.

  80. Ed October 10, 2014 at 11:44 #

    I was watching last night and Heather Sterzick was hiding behind a tree at night to avoid the debiter. Who, seemingly without warning started washing his pickup truck in the dead of night. She was caught of guard and apparently soaked while she hid. Clearly this was supposed to be a suprise to her.

    However, in a following scene Heather can be seen getting into a plane soaking wet BUT with her mike equipment completely covered in plastic as if it was being protected from water.

    Why would the mic and battery pack be covered unless they knew she was going to be getting wet?

    This is only one small observation that leeds me to believe that this show is heavily staged if not completely fake.

  81. Smokey October 10, 2014 at 20:35 #

    Okay, this is the most disappointed I have been since I learned pro wrestling was fake. Seriously, as a recreational pilot of single engine planes and gliders, I still get a kick out of the show. It strains credulity, however, when eac episode seems to have the drama of the owner just seconds away from catching the repo men. Sort of like on Undercover Boss, nobody ever seems to wonder why the new guy has his own camera crew. It is entertainment and I get to see some cool planes.

  82. Dan October 11, 2014 at 05:52 #

    This show disappoints me more and more every time i watch it…
    Sure I understand that things will be staged to make “drama” but honestly, it’s like the producers are trying to make the show bad.
    Everything always has to be “with your life on the line” to the last second. The last episode I saw when one of the repo guys “repo’d” a piper arrow, I got more pissed than sad for the show. When they were flying the “red warning light” suddenly appears and they have a complete power loss. First of all, the red warning light is for the gear, and you can clearly see the pilot moving the gear selector to get the red light to appear. And that fuc###g warning horn they use in every airplane in every god damn episode!? Also after a “complete power loss” the landing light is clearly still working, as well as the strobes . I mean come on, can’t they just try a tiny bit harder to actually make something look a little more legit?

    • Patrick October 17, 2014 at 22:51 #

      Also they say the flight is at 5000. You can clearly see the altimeter set right at 1000 feet and the artificial horizon appears that it has no vacuum.

  83. what? October 11, 2014 at 15:25 #

    Is it just me or am I the only one who has noticed that mike Rowe is not the narrator of this show?! I’m watching it now and that is def not him. He has a very distinct voice.

    • Matt October 19, 2014 at 02:47 #

      Mike Rowe is the narrator for sure. If you can’t tell from his voice, check out his bio on IMDB.

  84. Alex October 11, 2014 at 23:56 #

    Every show on any channel is fake. No matter what they about.

  85. Alex October 11, 2014 at 23:58 #

    it’s as fake as megalodon shark show

  86. Nakedrunr October 17, 2014 at 03:58 #

    I’ve evidence that anyone can see proving it is fake. In the October 3 2014 episode they claim they are on a dangerous island in the Bahamas. Yet, in the video you see repo man Mike Kennedy driving a vehicle. At one point he turns a corner and there is clearly legible a street name marker in the background. It is the corner of Petronia and Frances streets in Key West FL! Go to the Google Maps street view of that location and watch the episode and you will see the same fence, tree, street sign, Do Not Enter sign and house. All claimed to be in the Bahamas. This show is entertainment, but not reality.

  87. Mike October 18, 2014 at 23:58 #

    I live in the Bahamas and I have never seen that airport on any island , this show is totally fake

  88. kara October 19, 2014 at 22:05 #

    The show does not show all the work that Kevin, Mike, or Ken go through to find the plane, or boat. It just shows them finding it and taking it. I saw the episode were Ken Cage was in Maryland in Queen Anne County I do know those places were he was. To say the show is fake is like saying that Kevin, Mike and Ken are actors. Read there bio’s they are real repo men. It is ever educating too. I am glad they are reposing the rich people toys. It is about time. the people who’s planes and boats are reposed for sure are not fake, they are angry chasing them. And Kevin getting beat up, and in a fight with is former boss was not fake. The police are not fake, airport security is not.
    So I would say everyone has there opinions. Repossessing someone car, boat, and airplane is a dangerous business, there people are killed. Usually 3 a year.

  89. Bob October 22, 2014 at 03:06 #

    The thing that clinched that this show is fake is when they repo that big red speed boat with 3 800 hp engines and the matching truck and trailer all worth 1.3 mil. (Episode “Fly High or Die tryin'”) Note that when the repo man gets on the boat he vocally states he is taking off his shoes and leaves them on the dock. Then the biker dude calls him and tells him the owner is coming back. He and the camerman hide in the cabin and are bounced around and talking in a very loud voice “while hiding”. Seems to me if you owned a 1 mil $ boat and when you get back to it there are some strange shoes sitting by it, wouldn’t you tend to check it out before shoving off?

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