Region's aircraft sales expertise pays off in big way for FBI
By Drew Jack
At last bid on July 11, 2013, the Pacific Rim broke the record of the highest priced item sold by the region on GSA Auctions when a 1986 DeHavilland DCH-8 fixed wing aircraft, better known as a DASH 8, closed for a staggering $4,757,000. Seven interested bidders including two from Canada submitted bid deposits. Starhorn Corporation doing business as JETPRO Texas was the successful bidder.
The agency’s regional personal property team sold the aircraft for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI contacted the sales team after seeing a GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy presentation in Washington, DC, that positioned the San Francisco-based group as the national center of expertise for aircraft sales.
The plane's airworthiness, its being kept in pristine condition due to a short cycle time, and especially the GSA staff’s marketing and sales expertise all played major roles in the success and high rate of return for this sale.
The previous record holder was a Kaman-1200 helicopter that sold for $4.66 million in 2007.