Vernon Aviation was started in Farmington, NM by brothers George W. Riley III and Gary Riley. George and Gary are also owners of Riley Industrial Services, Inc., (an industrial contracting company) along with their father Sonny Riley and brother Glen Riley. Vernon Aviation was first started to fulfill the need of being able to travel to the other Riley Industrial satellite locations in Show Low, AZ, Lubbock, TX, Odessa, TX and return all in the same day. Previously by car, it was a two to three day trip. They purchased their first Cessna 414A. After seeing the benefits of having a private plane, the brothers saw the need for a charter air service in Farmington.
The brothers then purchased their second Cessna 414A and started applying to get an FAA 135 air charter certificate. It was a rigorous three year process to get the submittal paperwork approved. Once the certificate was approved, the requests for flights came flying in. Each Cessna can hold 4-5 passengers and can travel about 800 miles without refueling.
In March 2017, Gary and George decided to expand their fleet of planes and options to passengers by adding a larger, faster plane. They decided to purchase a Pilatus PC12. This aircraft is a single engine turboprop that can accommodate 9 passengers and can fly over double of the distance of the 414s without refueling. It can fly at 28,000 feet at 300 mph. In June of 2018, Vernon Aviation purchased a second Pilatus and we anticipate the purchase of a third in 2019.
Vernon Aviation’s motto is, “Where you need to go, when you need to be there.” Flying charter is convenient in many aspects. The first convenience is the amount of time a client saves. There is no need to be at the airport two hours early and there is more access to airports all over the country. No waiting, no removing shoes, no “only 3 ounces of liquids”, no digging in your luggage, and no pat downs or scans. Once a client arrives at Vernon’s Hangar, their luggage is loaded and the plane is off the ground in about fifteen minutes. Once the flight has landed at the destination, a rental car is waiting on the tarmac and the client leaves the airport. When it is time for the next flight, the rental car is driven back onto the tarmac and the flight is off the ground in minutes. Some more great aspects of flying charter are that clients can bring their pets inside the cabin for the flight, carry what they want or need, enjoy privacy, and don't have to worry about being removed from the aircraft due to overbooking. For business travelers, the cost of flying several people to a business trip and back in one day pales in comparison to the cost of extended days of travel and overnight expenses. Once you go Vernon, there will be no reversion to commercial flights.
Vernon Aviation is located at Hangar 11 in the Farmington, NM Airport but flies all over the country. As Vernon has grown, the need for charter flights out of Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs has increased. 50% of our charter flights originate in Colorado.
To learn more, please call (505) 564-9464.