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#2139

A lot of people are going "HOW DID HE DO THIS EHRMAHGERD AREN’T THESE PLANES GUARDED?! And like, no. They’re not. Planes don’t have door locks. As long as you can physically access the door you can get on them. I’m guessing he went to a hard stand and rolled a ladder or powered stair up to a door and got on. If he was a ramp worker he knew how to do that, I used to do what he did. Planes on the hardstand don’t have people attending them, they’re just parked for maintenance or storage or if there’s no ramp available.


#2140

That’s not entirely true. Small planes tend to have door locks, and some have ignition locks. Larger planes, like private jets, some have door locks, some don’t, it varies even among private and commercial aircraft. Passenger jets and larger don’t - but you need special equipment to access them and actually get the doors open.

As for the perpetrator of the above grand theft aero, he wasn’t a ramp worker, he was an aircraft mechanic, so same difference really, he knew what was up.


#2141

Ah, the initial report I read said he was a ramp worker. Being a mechanic explains how he was familiar with the startup and taxiing, mechanics are allowed to taxi aircraft under engine power for testing or moving to a repair area. As for locks I worked on and around several kinds of jet and turboprop commercial airliners and none of them had locks of any kind, I ought to have specified that commercial aircraft generally don’t have locks.


#2142

As I understand it, for private aircraft of that size, it’s a purchase option. Commercial operations almost always go without, private owners often get them. And we both worked in Aviation, though I generally worked on larger aircraft, I did work on smaller private aircraft for a little while.


#2143

Ah gotcha. My experience was entirely with commercial aircraft and I never saw a lock on anything so I figured it was the norm for commercial. In any case, you or I could easily have done what this guy did, which was the point I was trying to make to people freaking out on twitter, that anyone with access and a little know-how could steal an aircraft without too much effort at least to the point of getting it turned on and moving.


#2144

Oh yeah, def. If you know enough to get it moving, you can almost certainly steal an aircraft. Both of us could have managed what he did. The biggest security feature on a commercial aircraft - apart from being parked in an airport, which are usually pretty secure locations - is the fact that the door is 12-15 feet off the ground.

In fact, I suspect he took a Dash-8 because you can operate the doors on those pretty trivially from the ground, rather than needing equipment - from what I remember, pop handle, wait ten, pull handle down, pull door down with the assist handle, done. Close it up, give the handrails a sharp pull, draw the door up by the rails, seat it in place, pull the locking handle down, and you’re pretty much good to go, no assist or equipment needed.


#2145

With all this talk about stealing planes it reminds me of this:


#2146

I don’t know how big a wimpy is on average, but It’s big enough to say - You’d have to practice a bunch even if you were already a pilot, you’d have to take the roof and at least one of the walls off, and you’d need an EXTREMELY specific type of plane, but I can say with some confidence that it is possible to land an plane within the footprint of a Wimpy’s.

Behold, STOL bush pilot competitions:


#2147

I’m just guessing here but I’m imagining another huge security feature is the fact that flying a multi engine commercial jet airliner is something not many can do. When I popped into my old teacher’s relatively realistic flight sim (maybe a few joysticks and levers and panels) I was decidedly unable to get the plane to do… literally anything. Couldn’t pull away from the gate, or get near a runway. Couldn’t crash into the airport. Couldn’t do a thing.


#2148

I am going to give this a whirl, not sure if I will stick to it for the long haul but willing to give it a shot.


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To the end.


#2152

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#2153

That’s rather well done.


#2154

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#2158

All about how a combine harvester works. Very interesting if you’ve never seen the guts of one before.


#2159