Hopefully you'll catch the low-life and if you do, take care of it yourself because he'll get slapped on the wrist and cut loose by those that are supposed to be protecting US. Consequences.Ditto that on the Cherokee locks. I had to move my son's Cherokee from Springfield to Portland so I could put it in my hangar to pull the engine. When I got to Springfield I was shocked to find my airplane key was not in my flight bag anywhere.
On a hunch I took my BOAT key (2005 Rinker 312 Fiesta Vee) and it worked perfectly. Like it was made for it. Including the mag/starter switch. In many cases if it's even close you can jiggle/bounce it and it'll turn. If you have even the most basic of lock pick sets you can pick it in about 5 seconds flat with a rake and a tensioner.
Locks are made for honest people - at least the ones on these older planes.
Thanks Squito. At least at Gallatin there's a low fence with a picnic table to encourage the kids. I'm looking forward to using the repaired Cherokee to do Discovery Flights for any of my son's ROTC or other school friends who are interested.
Jeff was out there with us today and I don't really want to burn that bridge, although at this point he has no control over the hangar situation and honestly until Nashville Jet goes out of business or another FBO comes on property to lower gas prices, I won't be moving back down from Portland (or if I do I'll still gas up in Portland like a lot of other people do when gas is $2 a gallon cheaper).
Several people have mentioned a certain someone out there who showed interest in the planes I have back there (yes I pay for the storage monthly) so there's a lead or two. We shall see. I'll be pleasantly surprised if it turns up anything.
Good luck and keep us posted.