Aircraft are designed to be in continuous use. For example, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner I fly will spend 70 percent of its time in the air. So removing a plane from service is unusual – and it takes a lot of work.
Procedures for storing an airplane vary according to length of stay – kind of like short-term and long-term parking. But it’s not like locking your car and walking away: The Air Canada maintenance team leaps into action to cover engines, disconnect batteries and protect instrument probes with conspicuous red “Remove Before Flight” covers. Landing gear pins and wheel chocks are installed for extra safety.