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Feds plan to deny application from airline chosen to provide subsidized service to Pierre


PIERRE, South Dakota — The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to deny an application submitted by the airline that Pierre officials selected as the preferred carrier to provide subsidized service to the city.

KCCR-AM reports the federal agency's decision stems from actions by the CEO of Aerodynamics, Inc. Officials say Scott Beale doesn't have the "managerial competence" necessary to oversee its current charter and "proposed scheduled passenger operations."

Pierre officials in November recommended Aerodynamics Inc. to provide flights through the Essential Air Service federal subsidy program.

The agency says its decision comes after Beale was found guilty of making false statements to an aerospace company representative. Aerodynamics can appeal the decision.

Pierre officials would be asked to recommend another airline if the agency's decision becomes final.

Beale hasn't responded to a request for comment.

Information from: KCCR-AM,

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