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

'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

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