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hammerklavier
07-08-2008, 05:00 AM
Silly question, huh? So assuming you knew how to fly, and could get past security how much trouble would you have stealing a life flight helicopter or a commuter jet?

qwerty
07-08-2008, 02:28 PM
Nope, no keys. Easier than stealing a car. BUT before taking off you'd need to file a flight plan and wait for air traffic control to give you go ahead for take off.

JimmyB27
07-08-2008, 03:09 PM
Murdoch always managed it. ;)

Robert Toy
07-08-2008, 03:09 PM
Most small aircraft have a key for the enter door; larger commercial aircraft have a key for access to the cockpit, which admittedly is open most of the time.

ideagirl
07-09-2008, 08:21 PM
Nope, no keys. Easier than stealing a car. BUT before taking off you'd need to file a flight plan and wait for air traffic control to give you go ahead for take off.

I'm not sure why you'd need to do that, if you were flying in good (non-instrument) conditions--maybe the rules are different for jets, but if you're flying a small plane (Cessna etc.) you don't actually have to file a flight plan or interact with ATC before taking off. Also, you see a lot of... well, not commuter jets, but chartered jets like Gulfstreams, at small airports where no commercial flights go. That'd be the easiest place to steal such a plane.

Robert Toy
07-09-2008, 08:23 PM
Also, you see a lot of... well, not commuter jets, but chartered jets like Gulfstreams, at small airports where no commercial flights go. That'd be the easiest place to steal such a plane.
Dems the ones with locked doors and keys...:D

ETA: http://www.aircraftsecurityalert.com/gulfstream.html

hammerklavier
07-10-2008, 01:57 AM
Thanks everyone.