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Is there a product or some other way to track an aircraft's use, even if the pilot doesn't file an IFR flight plan, to let the owner know if it's used without authorization?

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Is there a site that tracks all flights? $\endgroup$ – fooot Jun 1 '16 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, its called a Hobbs meter or tach timer. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Jun 1 '16 at 17:07
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    $\begingroup$ There are security devices like Securaplane which can keep track of airplanes, and set off alarms under certain conditions. $\endgroup$ – Lnafziger Jun 1 '16 at 17:33
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how this is off topic, we already have a question about keeping planes from being stolen. $\endgroup$ – fooot Jun 1 '16 at 18:03
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    $\begingroup$ I hate it when the kids sneak the Cherokee out of the garage at night for a joy ride... ;) $\endgroup$ – FreeMan Jun 2 '16 at 13:11
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The owner could do regular checks of the aircraft's Hobbs meter, and if the times don't match what the log is saying, then there could be some red flags being thrown.

If someone it out to deceive, I'm sure they could get around this, but maybe then, the problem is giving access of expensive equipment to people who aren't trustworthy.

There are GPS tracking systems that could keep a movement log in memory.

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