RALEIGH, NC -- What do you buy on online auctions? Got any interest in a helicopter?
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) wants to sell the state’s helicopter. He tweeted Friday "NC’s helicopter is too expensive, so we’re putting it on @eBay."
The 12-passenger, 1998 Sikorsky S-76 cost $265,000 to operate and maintain in 2013 and it was rarely used - spending fewer than 15 hours in the air. It runs about $5,200 an hour to operate.
Gov. McCrory hasn't used it at all, his office told WVEC.com.
“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,” said Governor McCrory in a news release Friday.
Proceeds from the sale would go to North Carolina’s general fund, according to the governor’s office.
Gov. McCrory's office says the administration is trying to work out a deal with a private helicopter provider when a chopper is needed.
There are two twin turbo-prop passenger planes and a Cessna Citation Bravo Jet in the fleet, which is managed by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
No word on when the auction will begin.
State helicopter use: (from NC DOT)
Year Cost Hours used
2013 $ 74,360.00 14.3
2012 $ 327,080.00 62.9
2011 $ 326,560.00 62.8
2010 $ 291,720.00 56.1
2009 $ 154,960.00 29.8
2008 $ 409,240.00 78.7
2007 $ 585,520.00 112.6