Multiple aircraft to be sold to increase
RALEIGH – As part of ongoing efforts to operate more
efficiently under Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata,
the N.C. Department of Transportation plans
modifications to its fleet of aircraft to save an estimated $500,000 annually.
The plan includes
selling two fixed wing aircraft and one helicopter. Proceeds from the sale of
the three aircraft will then be used to purchase newer, more cost-effective
aircraft. The capability of the current fleet is more than the state needs for
routine travel, while the revised fleet will have significantly lower operational
costs without compromising safety or performance. The changes will be completed
without any appropriations from the General Assembly and with no cost to our citizens.
“Consistent with the Governor’s focus on efficiency, we are
always looking for better ways to use resources and collaborate to improve our
operations,” Secretary Tata said. “Selling our aircraft to build a more
efficient fleet will ensure we continue the important work of the NCDOT in a
more cost-effective way.”
The state’s air fleet
is used to survey disaster recovery efforts, facilitate economic development
activities and conduct air surveying/photogrammetry for building new roads and
bridges. The state fleet also is used to transport leadership for official
Phase I of the fleet
transition will consist of selling the Cessna Citation Bravo Jet and Sikorsky
helicopter. The proceeds of
these aircraft sales will be used to purchase a new turbo prop aircraft that
can be used as a passenger and photogrammetry aircraft, as well as a Bell helicopter. The new helicopter will be shared with
the State Highway Patrol to help reduce the overall cost to the state.
Phase II of the fleet transition would include the sale of
one additional fixed wing aircraft and procurement of one smaller turbo prop
EDITOR'S NOTE: The state helicopter is shown in the state hangar at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
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