BROOKSVILLE — Three years ago, Ross Neyedly launched Airdyne Aerospace Inc., in a leased, 6,000-square-foot hangar at the Hernando County Airport. His aim was to complete research and development of a strut system for military cargo planes that lets them to be fitted with cameras, sensors and other monitoring devices.
Airdyne headquarters is in California, but the company received incentives from Hernando County and Florida to quickly build momentum here and add trained employees to develop and manufacture what it calls a Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response System.
On Friday, Neyedly and company marketing manager Michael Hillestad were honored with a visit from Gov. Rick Scott at its research facility on Premiere Drive in Brooksville. Scott toured the facility and later presented the men with Florida Business Achievement Awards.
Scott praised the company as "another great example of what people do to make the American dream come true."
Neyedly, Scott said, "took a risk and put his own money into a dream he hoped would flourish. Each job we bring to Florida means more opportunities for Florida families."
The company was one of about 30 Tampa Bay area businesses chosen last year to receive nearly $26 million in tax breaks and other incentives in an effort to spur job creation. Airdyne, which currently employs about a dozen people, got $119,000 with the promise of creating 17 new jobs at its Brooksville facility.
The majority of the products Airdyne creates are used on C-130 military aircraft, including a door engineered with a special bubble window that provides more visibility.
According to Hillestad, the company's most popular product is the SABIR, a strut mounting system on which aircraft crews can quickly attach can attach cameras and scanning equipment that can be used for surveillance, rescue and radar systems by the Air Force, the Marines, Special Operations Command, the Coast Guard as well as Canadian Department of National Defense.
"Systems are being developed all the time as we try to meet the demand of what various agencies need," Hillestad said.
The expanded workload has prompted Airdyne officials to begin looking for a larger facility within the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park in which to house its operations.
"We're quite happy with what Hernando County has provided for us," Hillestad said. "We intend to remain here for a very long time."
Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.