When the owner of an aircraft defaults on their loan, their lender can send repo men to take the aircraft back, often against the owner’s will. However, unlike cars, which can be driven by anyone with a license, there are so many expensive type ratings for aircraft.
Do they specifically hire a pilot with the needed rating for each given job, or are there dedicate aviation repo men with scores of type ratings to cover any eventuality? It seems like the skill set to fly the plane doesn’t necessarily qualify you to slip in quietly and take it back from a belligerent owner.
Also, my friend Bianfable got me thinking of another issue. Who repossesses aircraft when the owner has fled with it to a foreign country?