Risky business: Being an airplane repo man

If you or a loved one has ever thought that flying was a risky line of work or hobby, how about being a pilot and flying around the world to repossess multimillion dollar aircraft – including ones owned by dictators in Haiti or the Congo?

ABC News’ Nightline recently aired a segment profiling an airplane repo man named Nick Popovich (we also mentioned a New York Times story about an airplane repo man back in March) who has been in the airplane repossession business for 30 years and has done more than 1,340 repossessions. Nick has seen and experienced just about everything the business has to throw at him, from being thrown in jail for a week in Haiti during the fall of Baby Doc’s regime to having guns pointed at him (“The first time scares the hell out of you…”)

Nick says he is “scared every time he goes” given that he never knows if he will meet “crazy people” or if the “airplane could be bad.” However as he states: “Its what I do for a living!”

In other words, its just another day job for him!

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7 Responses to Risky business: Being an airplane repo man

  1. J Bales October 21, 2009 at 21:33 #

    This story was over dramatized. The airport and hangar operator in the story had been notified of the situation and knew why he was there and what he was doing at the time. The Airport Police also had been notified and this is the reason he was not stopped.

  2. Fan July 7, 2012 at 02:55 #

    What a great show! I cannot believe it was cancelled so quickly because I found it so much better than many shows out there. Hope Discovery or another network reconsiders. I'd definitely watch it each week!

  3. Guillermo October 3, 2012 at 01:16 #

    When is your show airing again? I and a lot of my freinds think it just GREAT!!

  4. Sunny March 2, 2013 at 04:45 #

    I love the Airplane Repo show. Is it available on dvd for sale in the US? The only ones I could find for sale online were from Australian websites, and the dvds wouldn’t play on US players.

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