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Sometimes it's good to just turn off your brain and enjoy. If you love
aviation and enjoy some good cinematography then this scripted show is
a good escape from reality.
The characters and situations the writers come up with are outlandish but it's still entertaining. I like to watch it with my 9 and 13 year-olds and let them figure out the clues that questions the shows 'Reality' veracity.
There is good edutainment value provided by the shows narrator, Mike Rowe of Deadliest Catch fame. He provides some solid facts about aircraft and the aviation world.
Jason Bush Air Traffic Controller/Pilot
These shows are so fake and set up. It's amazing anyone could possibly
believe it's real. If these guys are in such a rush to get planes out
quickly. When did they have time to mount cameras all over the plane
for aerial shots. And how did they happen to get elevated shots from a
high point at airports where they land. Where supposedly cops were also
waiting?? Show is total BS!!!!! There are clues all over the shows that
indicate they are really scripted and set up. I would even go so far as
saying the planes were probably already secured and they filmed after
they had already been repossessed!
And the 3 reviews that give it rave reviews is absolutely FAKE!!!
This whole plot is a joke... They bring camera men in on secret
missions really? Don't be fooled by this scripted terrible story. Once
they found an alligator in the desert... Even if you ignore the
scripted sides of things, this thing still has a terrible story. Make a
real documentary about how it is in real life or make an interesting
show. You have failed to do both here. This needs some work ...
This whole plot is a joke... They bring camera men in on secret missions really? Don't be fooled by this scripted terrible story. Once they found an alligator in the desert... Even if you ignore the scripted sides of things, this thing still has a terrible story. Make a real documentary about how it is in real life or make an interesting show. You have failed to do both here. This needs some work ...
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I watched part of an episode the other night. The repo man went to pick up a plane and some of the electronics were missing. He takes the plane at night, uses a automotive GPS device to fly to a neighboring airfield and has to call using a cell phone to get the new airfield to turn on the lights. WTF. With the thousands of dollars these guys claim to make off of these repos, they could afford a hand-held com and a Garmin 396 in their repo bag. This is full of manufactured drama. They are in a hurry to remove the plane from the airfield but they apparently have time to install 10 GoPro cameras on and around the airplane. ( even in the wheel wells ) Real repos are boring. You show up with a sheriff and a bunch of legal documents and if the plane is flyable but incomplete, you must obtain a ferry permit from the FAA otherwise the pilot could lose his/her license. Far from real. I wouldn't hire these jokers to WASH an airplane of mine, let alone fly it.
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I guess 'Bus Repo' isn't as sexy as 'Airplane Repo'. The white haired
guy and the guy that did too many steroids repossessed a tour bus. This
duo, unlike the other two repo guys, doesn't just repossess airplanes,
they repo buses and boats.
Like one of the other comments I watch the show because of the airplanes - I enjoy seeing a different plane each time and the cinematography of the flying. I am interested in seeing the value of the plane and the little animation they do with the range, size, passenger quantities etc. The producers should know these are the only reasons people really continue to watch. They should show more activity in the air rather than in a bar, casino, etc. And get the pilots to talk more about the plus and minuses and unique qualities of each individual plane. That is to say do less of the incredulous, contrived 'reality' and focus more on the core of the show.
In real life, I doubt EVERY repo has the owner show up JUST as the repo pilot is getting into the plane. Some of the episodes are so bleeping stupid. Examples:
>>somehow, the repo man discovers the owner of the plane is 'in town for a card game'. He needs to befriend the owner to find out where the plane is. Cut to, pilot in a tuxedo going to a private high stakes poker game at a hotel with his girlfriend all dressed up as well so she can get intel from the other girlfriends. First of all, how the hell did he find out where the game was? ( in a hotel room ) 2nd, how the hell did he get in? 3rd, how did he secretly place 3 cameras in the room on the ceiling to film him while he played poker - oh, and he got great audio too. All staged and staged badly.
>>following a 'rich media type guy' and his entourage to a club because they need to get the plane keys off the guy's car key chain. Rich guy gets out of his Lincoln Navigator with three girls and goes arm and arm into a club. Repo man steals keys from the valet, grabs the jet key, returns the car keys to the valet. Then, of course, JUST as he is walking from the valet, the rich guy exits the club in less time than it takes to order a drink. Then, of course, they both arrive at the airport at about the same time.
>>during a bus repo ( not a typo, they repossessed a bus on airplane repo - tour bus of a band ) the white haired repo guy and the bouncer looking repo guy infiltrate a tour bus then, of course, just as they get inside, the lead singer comes in to start making out with a girl and the repo guys quickly hide in the bunks. But I guess the repo guys weren't that nervous about being caught because they still got good audio and video of the singer and his girlfriend.
The most worrisome thing I discovered is how easy it still is for ANYONE to get access to an airfield and airplanes in post Sept 11 America.
Stay tuned, Ice Road Hookers is probably next for the Discovery Channel.
An odd, but interesting show. Suspense, reality, wry humor, pathos,
people with colorful pasts, most importantly flying and airplanes.
Also what a range of airplanes and locales.
Has it all. A show that doesn't need anything added to quicken the pulse rate.
It's real. It has a number of personalities who have differing MOs for dealing with difficult situations.
What an interesting career path.
Nick Popovich has quite a knack for assembling teams of people who are specialists in their fields.
Go Nick, keep collecting from the deadbeats and dreamers.
I've watched every season up to now. I used to like this show but this season has gotten so fake (much worse than prior seasons) that this is the last one I will watch. I think the producers think up every conceivable thing that could possibly happen on any given repo and then write it into each episode. Every episode this season I've went, "jeez give me a break" with all the stuff I'm seeing. It's just gotten really really bad to the point of not being the least bit believable anymore or even entertaining. It's really a slap in the face to the viewer to think he/she is actually buying into this stuff. Later Airplane Repo, you guys have lost a viewer.
Like many others, I can see through each scenario as very likely being staged, yet I cannot change the channel - because it is very entertaining. There has to be a lot of hum drum repossessions out there, but the imagination leads to an infinitesimal number of dramatic situations. With improbable scenarios, you can keep our interest. I don't mind if you put bird's nests in the carburetor intakes to force an abort on takeoff. I don't mind if the plane sitting in the hangar is surrounded by cargo containing live cobras, etc. I don't mind if a colossal combine with the plane's owner is coming down the runway to try to prevent a takeoff. All of these scenarios are just a script writer's "genius". Think about the gator shows: search for alligators, find them hooked with the bait, pull them alongside small boat, try to shoot them in their small skull, and then pull them inside the boat. The script genius in these episodes are more dramas about the relationships between the gator hunters. But they never surpass even the soap opera level here. I have to make sure I don't find Airplane Repo on the channel or it's like eating popcorn.
This was the best TV I've seen in... ever. I was up late night and bam! This reality TV show pops up, two shows in a row. Lucky me I was locked into watching both. You may remember when Mission Impossible was a TV show about cool operatives who seamlessly pulled off the impossible every week? Before the movies when everything gets all screwed up and emotional everything is about just trying to stay ahead of the last screwup? This lear-jet repo crew is like the first Mission Impossible crew. They are well funded, cool, prepared and successful. The only show that has reality looking better than fiction. Now I can't find it on the guide and I don't think it's showing anywhere. Figures this bunch was way too cool to be allowed to run long as reality TV, they had all their teeth and were sober.
Very well produced series details the enormity of what one may
mistakenly take for granted; aircraft repos. The problems and solutions
faced by the crew are unimaginable; except to perhaps a pilot and a
The international, multi-million dollar repos of TWO Airbus aircraft was captivating. Customs, trans oceanic flights, logistics, customs, defaulter's bankruptcy efforts, part failures, master mechanics' international parts delivery; EVERYTHING!
Quite well done and extremely educational. No personality battles or ego tripping. Just serious professionals who know their jobs and work in a very high stakes business.
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