About TAC Air

About TAC Air

TAC Air is an aviation services provider focusing on traditional fixed base operation (FBO) services for all segments of aviation, including general aviation, military/government, and commercial air carriers. Our areas of expertise include ground handling, aircraft fueling, hangar development, cargo handling, and aircraft de-icing – all done with superior customer service.

What started with a single location in Texarkana, Arkansas, has grown into a national network of FBOs, serving customers in a variety of markets, both large and small. Setting the network of FBOs apart from its competitors is the TAC Air philosophy that success is based upon well trained, friendly employees with a passion for service.

TAC Air’s employees are dedicated to exceeding customers’ expectations each and every day. This way of doing business has always been – and will continue to be – an integral part of TAC Air’s day-to-day operations.

Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air company, is positioned as The Complete Solution for general aviation services. For nearly 20 years, Keystone Aviation has been an award-winning provider of aircraft charter, management, maintenance, and sales & brokerage services.

TAC Air began in 1986 by acquiring the FBO in Texarkana, Arkansas. At the time, TAC owned and operated more than 100 Road Runner convenience stores across the nation and needed reliable aviation support services for its own flight department. Since that time, Road Runner Aviation has evolved into TAC Air. A passion to provide quick turns, competitive prices and award-winning service to every customer, on every operation, has led the growth and success of our business.

TAC Air employs over 400 associates at 14 FBOs

  • AMA – Amarillo, TX
  • APA – Denver, CO
  • BDL – Hartford, CT
  • FSM – Fort Smith, AR
  • LEX – Lexington, KY
  • LIT – Little Rock, AR
  • OMA – Omaha, NE
  • PVU – Provo, UT
  • RDU – Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • SLC – Salt Lake City, UT
  • SHV – Shreveport, LA
  • SUS – St. Louis, MO
  • TXK – Texarkana, AR
  • TYS – Knoxville, TN

TAC Air’s parent company, Truman Arnold Companies, (TAC), began in 1964 as a Texarkana based Conoco distributor.

Consistent growth, positive financial results and a diverse industry base have led Forbes magazine to rank TAC as one of the top private companies in the United States.

In addition to TAC Air and Keystone Aviation, TAC’s divisions include TAC Energy, one of the nation’s largest independent wholesale distributors of petroleum products, and TAC Investments, which manages the company’s portfolio of capital assets.

With annual revenue of more than $3 billion and fuel volume of nearly a billion gallons, TAC’s reputation is to take what others are already doing then do it like no one else does. But ultimately, it’s A Passion for Service that sets TAC apart.

A Few TAC Air Milestones

An innovative industry leader, TAC Air has a rich history.


  • 1986 – Road Runner Aviation opens in Texarkana, AR
  • 1991 – After opening FBOs in Shreveport, LA and Fort Smith, AR, Road Runner Aviation is re-branded TAC Air
  • 1998 – TAC Air acquires an FBO in Omaha, NE
  • 1999 – The chain expands to nine locations by adding Denver, CO and Hartford, CT
  • 2000 – TAC Air markets its brand nationally with the giveaway of a new car at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention
  • DenverFBO2001 – Expansion continues as the Denver, CO operation relocates to a 60,000 square feet facility
  • 2005 – TAC Air opens its 11th FBO in Knoxville, TN
  • 1FBO2006 – TAC Air is named #1 Large FBO Chain by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine.
  • 2007 – TAC Air reaches a dozen locations with a move into Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • 2009 – St. Louis, MO opening brings TAC Air to 13 locations
  • LEX2010 – TAC Air develops a world-class, ground-up executive terminal Lexington, KY and adds more than 40,000 square feet of new hangar space
  • NumberOne2011 – TAC Air is once again honored by the readers of Professional Pilot by being named #1 Large FBO Chain
  • 2011 – The National Safety Council awards the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award to TAC Air for multiple years running
  • KEYSTONE-FINAL2012 – TAC Air expands west of the Rockies by acquiring Keystone Aviation in Salt Lake City, UT and Provo, UT
  • 2013 – TAC Air is recognized again by the readers of Professional Pilot for providing Best Line Service and Best Value of any FBO chain
  • 2014 – Southwest Airlines recognizes TAC Air’s Salt Lake City FBO for providing 99.99998% on-time service for its more than 11,000 flights
  • 2014 – TAC Air lands its 14th location, LIT, at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, AR
  • 2015 – An $11 million capital improvement campaign is launched at TAC Air LIT, including a new, world-class executive terminal