New Florida Governor Auctioning State Aircraft Fleet

 - February 1, 2011, 10:45 AM

Fulfilling a campaign promise, newly installed Florida governor Rick Scott directed the state to sell the state’s two business airplanesa 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350 and a 2003 Cessna Citation Bravo. His predecessor, Charlie Crist, made frequent use of these aircraft, as the airlines offer few intrastate nonstop flights and Florida’s geographical shape can make for lengthy drives. Scott, who called the state-owned aircraft “an unnecessary burden,” plans to use his personal Beechjet 400A for official travel; reports have said he will not bill the state for its use. The Florida Aviation Trades Association criticized the move, saying, “A good businessman should realize the potential in keeping these assets. Your time is valuable and so is the time of your trusted staff.” According to JetNet, average asking prices for the King Air and Bravo are both about $2.75 million. The aircraft will be sold at auction to the highest bidders on February 9.