Nebraska governor calls for new state airplane
By Tyler King
OMAHA, Nebraska: Governor Dave Heineman is making his case for a new state airplane which would allow him to visit rural Nebraska. The plane in question is a 12-year-old Beechcraft Super King Air B200 turboprop which the state currently leases from the University of Nebraska Foundation. The Appropriations Committee has labeled the $2.2 million plane as a purchase that does not make the most sense for the state.
Nebraska owns a 1982 Piper Cheyenne which finds itself routinely grounded for maintenance and repair. State officials said they would be able to sell the Piper Cheyenne if they were able to purchase the Beechcraft. Heineman said the issue was about, "having access to the governor for every citizen of the state of Nebraska."