Cristi and Casey Trammell
Owner's and Pilot
Randall Grier, Jr. CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Randall Grier, Jr. 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 ratings. He has over 1230 hours total time!
In addition to flying, Randall enjoys running, baseball, reading and all outdoor activities!
Joe M. Bacon CFI ASMEL, CFII
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 attemps 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!
In addition to flying, Joe loves spending time with his dog, Bella Bacon (as seen in photo above) !
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.
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 Jetlinx 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 Rotorcraft Helicopter certificate and is continuing on to complete the Commercial.