Skylarc organised a local Hiab operator for recovery of the airframes, a furniture moving company for wrapping and recovery of the parts and security services in the event former staff were hostile. All assets were relocated to Skylarc’s Christchurch facility for storage and cataloguing. In order to gauge interest in the assets, an international tender was trialed with potential buyers able to place bids on individual parts or airframes as well as placing a single tender for the whole lot. This was run through Skylarcs own custom tender website. Once closed, the tenders were submitted to the liquidators for consideration. No tenders were initially accepted, the lack of appropriate paperwork severely limited the desirability of the assets to the industry with most of them being only suitable for static display. The decision was made to sell the parts within the New Zealand market, New Zealand is one of the largest MD500 operators in the world and the benefits of a competitive process outweighed the costs of potentially losing some international bidders. All assets were photographed and described in preparation for listing on Trade Me. The auction was listed for consisted of approximately 400 lots ranging from complete airframes to boxes of bolts and nuts.