CTD Posted May 13, 2003 Report Share Posted May 13, 2003 Yes, they do much more than fly Santa around, like maintaining the navigation and communications infrastructure for all marine traffic. I know how much it costs to run these 105s, 212s and the 61. More on that below, but I doubt that the private sector could do much better. A few years back, some very influential people did try to privatize the CG helicopter operations. We had a businessman who was best buddies with the Fisheries and Transportation ministers, and who used to go on fishing trips with the Prime Minister. They tried everything in the book to privatize, but even with their horsepower they failed. The Coast Guard could be much more efficient if our idiotic federal government would cut them some slack and allow selective fleet replacement and more flexible options like leasing, instead of handcuffing them into buying an entire fleet of ''whatevers'' because some company is the lowest bidder. Don''t forget, they''d carry the same "lowest price wins" logic into a bid to privatize, and "guess who" would bid with a fleet of 30-year-old Jet Ranger IIs on pop-outs and paint red stripes on a half-dozen UN 212s and ruin it forever. Just like they''ve done with every police contract they''ve had. Yes, it could be improved, but I don''t think privatization is the answer. Remember Air Canada? There are some very intelligent and dedicated folks at the helm of CCG Helicopter Operations now. Let them do their jobs, and watch them go. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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