Days after the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) announced that it will be moving to sell an unserviceable Bell Helicopter as part of its aircraft fleet upgrade, there have been some interests shown by private individuals. This is according to the Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.
Harmon said that the aircraft has been unserviceable for close to a decade and that there appears to be no chance of the GDF being able to make it serviceable again to fly in a “commercial way”.
“The expense is so much, that it might be easier for the GDF to sell that helicopter and purchase newer equipment. There are private entities that have similar types of aircraft, and might be in a better position to take what is there and rehabilitate it and get it going,” he said.
Harmon noted that the decision to sell the aircraft was made at the Guyana Defence Board. He expressed optimism that the aircraft will be sold soon.
The Bell 412, registration – 8RGFP, Year – 1982, serial no. 33040 has the capacity to accommodate two crew members and 13 passengers.