NCDOT says aircraft changes will save $500K

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Submitted: Mon, 03/25/2013 - 7:23pm
Updated: Tue, 03/26/2013 - 4:25pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Department of Transportation says its plans to switch out two North Carolina government-owned planes and one helicopter with newer and more efficient aircraft will save $500,000 annually.

DOT announced Monday it will sell initially a Cessna jet and Sikorsky helicopter and replace them with a turbo propeller aircraft and Bell helicopter. The new plane can be used for aerial photography and ferrying state officials. The Bell helicopter will be shared with the Highway Patrol.

A 2012 report by the legislature’s fiscal watchdog agency recommended the state get rid of the Sikorsky because it flew less than six hours a month for $560,000 in 2011. The report said the Bell could be operated at 40 percent lower costs.

DOT also plans to sell another airplane and obtain a smaller aircraft.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    think how much the state would have saved had she chosen a Trailblazer as her means for transport.

  • Guest 10101 says:

    If ya can’t keep up, don’t feel bad about just dropping out. :-)

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I did not mention him as I thought it was common knowledge he always found an excuse to chopper to Southport just about every week-end.

    Big difference between the cost of operating a chopper over a 200 mile course and her former Majesty’s practice of journeying by state jet where no other Governor had gone before.

  • Vog46 says:

    Certainly was a trailblazer wasn’t she?


  • Guest Reply says:

    What was really weird though…her helicopter flew upside down :-(

  • Greg Parsons says:

    Where can I find the specifications for the new replacement helicopter so that I can submit a bid to provide the new helicopter?

    Why did the NC DOT choose the BELL helicopter when there may be other helicopters that are locally supported by businesses inside NC where Bell has no service presence?

    Why did the NC DOT choose Bell and the Forestry Choose Eurocopter which is locally supported by an instate service provider and the engines and parts are manufactured inside NC (Monroe)

  • SurfCityTom says:

    why not do your own homework? Go to Raleigh and learn how the procurement system works.

  • Greg Parsons says:

    Tom… My questions were rhetorical… My point is the “procurement system” is not being followed or adhered to.

  • Greg Parsons says:

    Tom.. I’m aware of how the procurement system works…we are a certified vendor for the State of NC and provide services for the forestry department…. Now if you mean the alternate procurement system like when the DOT and highway patrol sold their helicopters on eBay I’m not sure how NC businesses participate in that process.. There were no posted bid solicitations for this current procurement… Only an announcement that the deal was being done…

  • SurfCityTom says:

    when you have a Governor who is focused on remaining in state rather then a Governor who never met a travel Junket she and the First Gentleman could not pass up.

  • Vog46 says:

    Sleasley only used the chopper to go from Raleigh to Southport.


  • Brian says:

    Travel by ground or in coach class with the rest of us on commercial aircraft. Or buy a fractional ownership through NetJets. MUCH more cost effective.

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