The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took at look at who is flying in the state helicopters, thanks to Georgia’s open records laws, and found these numbers.
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Two agencies, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS), offer the flights. It can cost up to $450 an hour to use one.
Office of the Governor (DPS) — 56.4 hours*
Department of Economic Development (DNR) — 57.3 hours*
Department of Education (DNR) — 37.9 hours*
Office of the House Speaker (DPS) — 10.2 hours*
Office of the Lieutenant Governor (DPS) — 8.1 hours*
Office of Planning and Budget (DPS) — 4.1 hours
Aviation Authority (DNR) — 3.9 hours
Judicial Qualifications Commission (DPS) — 3.8 hours
Ports Authority (DNR) — 2.4 hours
Department of Public Safety board members (DPS) — 2.3 hours
Forestry Commission (DNR) — 2.2 hours
*Gov. Nathan Deal flew 53.4 hours; Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr flew 0.8 hours; Superintendent Richard Woods flew 37.6 hours (DoE had one 0.3-hour flight with no passengers listed); Speaker David Ralston flew 10.2 hours; and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle flew 8.1 hours.
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