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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72 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

  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.

  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.

    • 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?

  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 :)

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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]

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!!!

  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.

  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.

  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

  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.

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