March 25, 1998
(Works, Services and Transportation)
The following statement was issued today by
Lloyd Matthews, Minister of Works, Services and Transportation.
It was also read in the House of Assembly:
I rise today to inform Honourable Members of an
agreement reached between the Department of Works, Services and
Transportation and the State of North Carolina, for the use of
two CL 215 water bombers owned by the province.
The two provincial aircraft have been contracted
to North Carolina for a 60 day period. The aircraft will be used
on standby for fighting forest fires in the state. The province
will receive $2,200 U.S. per day, for each aircraft and an
additional $1,700 per hour in flying time. Even in the event no
flying time is required, the province will still generate gross
revenues of $264,000 US. The first aircraft was deployed on the
16th of March and the second arrived on the 22nd of March.
This is a period during the year when these
aircraft are not in use by the province, however, both aircraft
will be back in Newfoundland and Labrador by the end of May for
our use. This is the second time the province has entered into a
contract with the State of North Carolina for the use of our
water bombers, the first being in 1993 when we contracted one
aircraft to the state for revenues of $174,000.
This is a significant revenue generating practice
for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. We will continue
to find ways to utilize our equipment and our resources to the
full advantage of the people of the province.