Police helicopters head for auction block in Costa Mesa
Private brokers have been retained to sell off what remains of the former police helicopter program, which once patrolled the streets of Costa Mesa and neighboring Newport from the sky, the Daily Pilot reported.
The Airborne Law Enforcement agency, which served the neighboring Orange County cities, was grounded in July after a 30-year run.
Jack Schafer Aircraft Sales will probably be the first to get a crack at selling the agency’s three police choppers while Alabama-based GovDeals Inc., an auction firm that deals mostly online, will try to sell off what equipment isn't being absorbed back into the two police departments.
Like Schafer's contract, GovDeals has a month-long agreement. Its contract charges the prospective buyer a 5% premium on top of the purchase price, giving the cities full value of its equipment.
Photo: Police helicopter patrols Costa Mesa in 2005. Credit: L.A. Times