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McCrory to sell state helicopter

Posted May 2, 2014 1:58 p.m. EDT
Updated May 2, 2014 3:28 p.m. EDT

Sikorsky helicopter owned by the state of North Carolina.

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he is putting the state’s helicopter for sale on eBay to trim government costs.

The decision to sell the Sikorsky helicopter was based on its infrequent use and high cost of operation. Jettisoning the chopper will save the state more than $250,000 a year, officials said.

The helicopter cost $265,000 to operate in Fiscal Year 2013. It logged about 417 hours of use from 2007 to 2013 at a cost of about $2.2 million. 

“This is one more example of how state government is operating more efficiently by taking a close look at resources and finding ways to cut costs,” McCrory said in a statement Friday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and other state agencies used the helicopter to monitor disaster recovery and take trips for economic development. The department is negotiating a contract with a private helicopter owner for use of the aircraft when needed.

NCDOT did not say how much the helicopter will be listed for on eBay.

The department is working to consolidate its air fleet, which also includes two twin turbo-prop planes and a Cessna Citation Bravo Jet.