After completing a flight, the pilot directs the aircraft to the garage or hangar, positions it at the indicated location, turns off all commands, disembarks and… locks the doors? And to turn off the plane, he had to turn the key on the dashboard? We are so used to how we do in our cars and we can even imagine that in executive aviation the process is the same but the way you lock a jet is different.
That is, in case he’s actually locked up. When we talk about medium-sized private aircraft onwards, such as the Embraer Phenom 100 or the Learjet 45, most of the time we talk about a scenario where, at most, there will be keys to lock the door. The departure on the aircraft, however, is made through the panel.
In general, the larger the plane, the less likely it is to have a key to lock it and the less likely it will need one to start. It is also possible that large aircraft, models such as the Gulfstream G450, simply will not be locked. Keys to lock and start will be more common for smaller aircraft, such as the single-enginePilatus PC-12.
You may be wondering if it is safe to keep aircraft, whose investment value is not small, unlocked. The truth is, it’s not always. Smaller planes are more targeted by criminals and their locking systems are simpler, possible to be attacked. It is common for them to be outdoors, in rural properties, or in small hangars. As just enter and start to put the plane in the air, the risk grows.
Therefore, to increase the safety levels of these aircraft, many owners choose to install other door and external compartment locking systems or even a locking device for the accelerator, making it impossible for someone to start the plane.
Regarding jets, the boot is much more complex, involving a series of commands and keys that need to be operated to get the engine up and running. Therefore, keys are used only to lock them, which will also depend on the model, the owner’s desire, and the security level of the place where it is stored.
The theft of these aircraft is less frequent because, in addition to the departure being time consuming, piloting is much more difficult. In general, those who handle a small plane can fly with similar types quietly. In the case of larger aircraft, even if you are an expert on a particular model, it is not simple to fly either. The height for entry into the aircraft also ensures some safety for the aircraft, demanding the use of stairs that will hardly be moved easily.
Other types of aircraft
Commercial aircraft are not locked at any time, as they are parked in locations with uninterrupted security teams present. The very size of the aircraft and the lack of stairs or platforms to access the door are already preventing those who think of accessing them improperly, including.
When planes stay on the runway longer or need to stay overnight on site, access via platform is removed and a security seal is inserted into the door. He doesn’t lock the aircraft, but if it’s removed, there’s going to be a record of the violation. In these cases, all employees who had contact with the plane while it was parked are documented, ensuring that any movement is monitored.
In military aviation, locking planes is also out of the question. Especially since it’s important for pilots to be able to get on theaircraft as soon as possible and take off with agility. In relation to security, military aircraft are even more complex and specific, demanding a lot of knowledge of who intends to fly it. Probably the only way someone can steal one of them is to be a highly trained military man to fly with the specific model in question.
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