Aerodynamics Inc.

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Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI)
Aerodynamics Inc. Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1959
Fleet size 4
Destinations 3
Headquarters Kennesaw, Georgia, U.S.
Key people John and Janet Beardsley (owners)

Aerodynamics Inc., also known as ADI, is an American charter airline that began offering scheduled services subsidized by the Essential Air Service program in 2016 under a codeshare agreement with Great Lakes Airlines.

Corporate history[edit]

The airline is based in Kennesaw, Georgia and the airline's website claims it was founded in 1959.

The airline filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization in August 2013[1] The company had also owned a large contract maintenance operation at Oakland County International Airport which was shut down in 2012.[2]

Business Aircraft Group, Inc's . CEO M.L. (Mike) Hoyle provided the DIP financing along with establishing a new company who performed the "stalking horse" duties to bring ADI out of bankruptcy. Mr. Hoyle held the position of Chairman for 12 months following ADI's emergence from Bankruptcy before divesting his interest in ADI.

In 2015 the airline was purchased from its former owner Scott Beale by John and Janet Beardsley. The Beardsleys also owned SeaPort Airlines which filed for bankruptcy in February 2016.[3] Seaport was later shut down and liquidated that September.[4]

Scheduled air service[edit]

The airline first applied and was selected to operate subsidized Essential Air Service flights to Kearney, Nebraska, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Pierre, South Dakota in 2015, later to have the authority to operate these flights blocked by the United States Department of Transportation over concerns over owner-operator Scott Beale's fitness to operate the airline and his history of defrauding suppliers.[5] This ultimately triggered the purchase of the company by the Beardsleys and the DOT later restored the airline's operating authority.

The airline operated its first scheduled flight between Youngstown–Warren Regional Airport in Youngstown, Ohio and O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on July 1, 2016. The flights were operated under a codeshare with Great Lakes Airlines as Great Lakes Jet Express, with ADI expecting that this arrangement would allow them to take advantage of Great Lakes' interline agreement with United Airlines for connections in Chicago. However, United refused to honor that agreement as Great Lakes did not at that time offer any flights of their own to Chicago. The service ceased abruptly on August 17 of the same year, less than two months after it started.[6]

The airline began Essential Air Service flights from Denver International Airport to Pierre Regional Airport with onward continuing service to Watertown Regional Airport (in Watertown, South Dakota) on August 15, 2016.[7] These flights are also operated under the Great Lakes Jet Express branding, but in this case the interline agreement is honored by United as the flights are handled and dispatched like regular Great Lakes flights - Denver is Great Lakes' largest hub.

In 2017 the airline bid for EAS flying under the name "SkyValue Airlines."[8]

On March 26, 2018, Great Lakes Airlines announced that operations would be suspended effective at midnight. However, certain segments of the company continue to operate, including Great Lakes Jet Express flights to Pierre, South Dakota and Watertown, South Dakota.[9] Ground employees handling ADI's flights are now employees of ADI, although Great Lakes is still handling ADI's ticketing.


Aerodynamics, Inc. operates a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft with 50 seats.[10]

Elite Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
Embraer ERJ-145 4 Configured to seat 50 passengers
Total 4


ADI operates scheduled flights to the following destinations :

Operating Base
Focus city
Future destination
Terminated destination
Country (State/Province) City Airport Begin End Notes
United States (Colorado) Denver Denver International Airport 2014 Present
United States (South Dakota) Pierre Pierre Regional Airport 2014 Present Essential Air Service
United States (South Dakota) Watertown Watertown Regional Airport 2015 Present Essential Air Service
United States (Illinois) Chicago O'Hare International Airport 2016 2017
United States (Ohio) Youngstown Youngstown–Warren Regional Airport 2016 2017


  1. ^ AERODYNAMICS, INC. (“ADI”) CONFIRMS CHAPTER 11 PLAN OF REORGANIZATION, Konsortium Capital Partners, August 11, 2013, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  2. ^ Epstein, Curt. Aerodynamics Inc. Suspends Operations at PTK, AIN Online, November 28, 2012, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  3. ^ SeaPort, Owned by ADI’s Beardsley, Files Chapter 11, Business Journal Daily, February 8, 2016, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  4. ^ Mutzabaugh, Ben. SeaPort Airlines shuts down, faces liquidation, USA Today, September 21, 2016, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  5. ^ White, Ashley. DOT derails Aerodynamics' plans for scheduled air service, Kearney Hub, January 26, 2015, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  6. ^ Hall, Kalea. Youngstown to Chicago flights grounded, The Vindicator, August 25, 2016, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  7. ^ ADI To Begin Flying In And Out Of Pierre August 15th, KCCR-AM, July 6, 2016, Retrieved 2017-01-18
  8. ^ Carlock, Melvin. Six airlines bid for Tupelo Essential Air Service, WTVA-TV, September 20, 2017, Retrieved 2017-10-12
  9. ^ "Great Lakes Suspends Scheduled Flight Operations" (PDF). Great Lakes Airlines. Great Lakes Airlines. March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 

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