2018 Flight Training Experience Award presented by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

“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. 

Based at Claremore Regional Airport

Pilot Training


Our Pilot Training Services are something that we take great pride in and go above and beyond FAA minimums to include real world training.  

Aircraft Rental

1980 Piper Warrior II/III, PA-28-161, N3568G
1972 Piper Cherokee 180 G, PA-28-180, N2189T

We pride ourselves in our aircraft, they are hangar kept at all times, not tied down outside exposed to the natural elements. This helps in preventing premature electronic wear due to temperature extremes. 


Joe Bacon

Joe Bacon



     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!  

Darren Rogers

Darren Rogers

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. 

Randall Grier. Jr.

Randall Grier, Jr.


     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! 

Sean Long

Sean Long

Ground Instructor


Sean is private 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 commercial pilot certificate and hopes to be a CFII in the near future. 

About Us

Casey and Cristi Trammell

Casey and Cristi Trammell

Cristi and Casey have been married since the winter of 2012.  Anyone that knows us can tell you that we are always on an adventure and constantly seeking ways to better ourselves as well as those around us.  Casey has always had an interest in aviation, but was limited to Remote Control Airplanes and Helicopters, until August of 2013 when Cristi surprised him with an Introductory flight for his birthday....  By December of 2013 Casey had completed his Private Pilot training at R.L. Jones Jr. Airport. After observing traditional pilot training, Cristi and Casey decided that they could combine old traditions and new business practices to save students time and money during their pilot training. Tulsa Aviation Group, LLC was opened in January of 2014 at the Tulsa International Airport. 

Casey Trammell

Casey Trammell

Owner/Private Pilot

Cristi Trammell

Cristi Trammell

Owner/Student Pilot