About us

You can say that Jan Nerud, the founder and President of Ponderosa Air, always loved the exhilaration of going fast.  Whether  it was racing motorcycles in the European circuit or following in his father, John Nerud's, footsteps and training thoroughbred horses to win the Breeders Cup, Jan loved going fast.

It was during his time as a champion horse trainer when Jan's love for speed took him to the sky.  Tired of long drives and commercial flights to and from some of America's most iconic racetracks, Jan became a pilot and bought his first plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza.  It wasn't long before owners, trainers and jockies were sharing the cost of fuel for the convenience of flying private with Jan and thus, Ponderosa Air was born.

Now, more than twenty-five years later, that original Bonanza has been replaced with two 6 seat Cessna 421C aircraft.  If you were to ask Jan what sets Ponderosa Air apart from other private air charter companies he would tell you it's always about "putting the customer first" and "making them feel like part of the family".

So, the next time you need to fly, give Ponderosa Air a call and let us make you feel like part of the family too.