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Ownership change may revive Youngstown to Chicago airline route

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Plans for an airline carrier to offer service between the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport may soon be revived.

According to a company letter, Aerodynamics Incorporated, the business planning to offer the route, was acquired by new owners John and Janet Beardsley. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beardsley are the primary owners of SeaPort Airlines.  Additionally, John Beardsley is a real estate investor and developer in Oregon.

ADI hopes the ownership change, in addition to other personnel changes, will alleviate problems they previously encountered with the Department of Transportation.

Earlier this year, ADI’s application to offer 10-weekly round trips between the two airports was denied due to concerns of managerial competency.   ADI was also deemed unfit to continue the charter flights it was offering elsewhere.

DOT issued the tentative decision because ADI’s then-CEO Scott Beale failed to notify the agency about the outcome of a civil fraud lawsuit where he was ordered to pay $600,000 in damages.

Beale resigned as ADI’s CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board soon after the DOT decision.  He was replaced in those positions by F. Darrell Richardson.

ADI says they were notified that the DOT were encouraged by the management moves and would like to see Beale complete his ownership sale as well.

The aforementioned ownership acquisition is expected to close later this month.

DOT has not announced if ADI’s application will be approved when this happens.

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