“TAG” Tulsa Aviation Group has been recognized for its high standard of accomplishment in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association. The flight school has been awarded a spot on the 2018 Flight Training Experience Awards as a Distinguished Flight School, a title given to only the highest scoring flight schools from AOPA’s annual Flight Training Experience Survey.
AOPA’s Flight Training Experience Awards were created to highlight the best flight training the industry has to offer. “We were excited to see how many customers described our winners this year as including them as part of a family and helping them join a rich aviation community,” said Chris Moser, Senior Director, Flight Training Education of AOPA’s Flight Training Initiative. “Giving the personal touch, in addition to providing great flight training, is something we know helps create lifelong pilots.”
The 2018 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience last summer through an AOPA online customer satisfaction survey. The process yielded an evaluation of 954 different flight schools and 1,849 individual flight instructors.
ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI
Joe earned his Private Pilot Certificate while in College and completed USAF Pilot Training in Laredo, Texas after graduating from Tarleton State University with a degree in Business Administration.
Assigned to a B-52 Wing, he flew as a copilot out of Goldsboro, NC, (Seymore Johnson AFB) and Wursmith AFB, at Oscoda, MI. Joe volunteered for the 9th Air Commando's and flew 362 combat psychological warfare missions from Danang, Vietnam, in a Douglas C-47. Returning to the states, he again flew as a copilot on B-52's before separating from the Air Force. He flew Beech 18's and C-47's with Alpena Flying Service for a year and a half then with Dillard's Department Stores as pilot on Barons and copilot on the Hawker Siddley 125. During attempts to land an airline position, he was trained, at various times, by United Airlines as a 737 copilot, Piedmont Airlines with 737 Captain upgrade, TWA as a B-707 first officer for Saudi Arabian Airlines. Joe also completed Pan Am's training for B-707 First Officer for Independent Air, Smyrna, TN. As a Lear Captain, he attended Flight Safety Classroom and simulator training each 6 months. He has had formal, factory approved training in 14 different aircraft!
Along the way, he secured a rotor wing commercial as a pilot for Gipson Department Stores in Dallas. Using his Veteran's GI Bill assistance, Joe achieved a single engine Seaplane rating, a type rating in the Cessna Citation 500 series, and a Lear Jet rating. In addition, he holds a Boeing 737 type rating. Joe also flew the Mitsubishi MU-2 for Gibson's, and Intercontinental Jet of Tulsa.
The majority of his flying has been in the Lear 20 and 30 series aircraft as charter captain. He has over 6000 hours in these planes. He flew them for Flight International, New Port News, VA; Flight Proficiency, Dallas, TX; United States Aviation, Tulsa, OK; and most recently, Omni Air Transport, Tulsa, OK. Joe's total flying time is in excess of 17,000 hours!
ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, LR-JET, LR-45, Helicopter PPL
Darren is a CFI, CFII, MEI with approximately 6500 hours and 1000 hours of dual instruction given.
Darren began his flying career in 1993 in Louisville, Kentucky shortly after being honorably discharged from the United States Army.
“I learned to fly at a small flight school very similar to TAG where the emphasis was placed on safety and quality. The school and instructors took a vested interest in each students’ progress rather than feeling like a number or revenue.”
Darren is currently a Captain for Jet Linx Aviation located at Tulsa International Airport where he crews a Lear 45 to numerous destinations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
In his free time Darren enjoys spending time with his family or hanging out at TAG talking flying or working on another rating. He has recently received his Private Rotor craft Helicopter certificate and is continuing on to complete the Commercial.
CPL, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, CE-500
Randall is a commercial pilot and active instructor with a background in collegiate aviation. He is an alumni of Oklahoma State University with both a bachelor and masters degree in aerospace. Industry experience consists of corporate aviation, primary and advanced flight instruction, safety promotion, and organizing professional ground school courses.
He possesses a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi-engine Land, and Instrument Airplane, along with a CE-500 type rating. He has over 1675 hours total time!
Randall is currently First Officer for Jet Linx Aviation located at Tulsa International Airport where he flies a Citation Ultra to numerous destinations throughout North America!
In addition to flying, Randall enjoys running, baseball, reading and all outdoor activities!
CPL, AGI, IGI
Sean is a commercial pilot and active ground school instructor for private and instrument ground schools. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Science’s and a Bachelors in Technology. He is a full time Federal employee where he serves as a Contracting Officer with the Indian Health Services. In addition to ground school instructing, Sean true hobby is instrument flying in his Rockwell Commander 114. Sean is pursuing his Multi-Engine Rating and hopes to be a CFII in the near future.
Owner and PPL
Anyone that knows me can tell you that I am always on an adventure and constantly seeking ways to better myself as well as those around me. I have always had an interest in aviation, but was limited to Remote Control Airplanes and Helicopters, until August of 2013 when I was gifted an Introductory flight for my birthday.... By December of 2013 I had completed my Private Pilot training at R.L. Jones Jr. Airport. After observing traditional pilot training, I decided that combining old traditions and new business practices could save students time and money during their pilot training. Tulsa Aviation Group, LLC was opened in January of 2014 at the Tulsa International Airport.
We are now accepting Students for our Private Pilot Ground School Starting January 10, 2023.