Talkeetna Air Taxi

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Team TAT

Paul Roderick - Director of Operations
Since 1996
  • If Denali National Park was a 3D chess game, Paul would be the Bobby Fischer of the Park.  He always knows where it's good to land, where all the climbers are and at what point they are in their climb.
  • Began flying when he was twelve and started with Talkeetna Air Taxi in 1992 before he took over in 1996.
  •  Paul loves to be outside, preferably skiing or climbing with his family.


Richard Olmstead - Chief Pilot
Since 2000
  • Richard has been flying Denali National Park since 1993.
  • When Richard talks, everyone listens...he leads the company in smilin'!
  • Stoicism and knowledge exude from Richard.


Annie Duquette- Office Manager
Since 1999
  • Annie began her career in Talkeetna working for all the Air Taxi's as the "Base Camp Manager", living on the glacier for 2 1/2 months per year and was featured on many television programs, magazines & newspapers.
  • After 10 years as Base Camp Manager, she decided to move to "Office manager" for Talkeetna Air Taxi. 
  • Annie ensures that Customer Service is never compromised.


Mary Vukson - Assistant Manager
Since 2005
  • You can usually find her womanning the aircraft radio or scheduling your next flight with ease.
  • Mary enjoys gardening, and sharing her giant vegetables in the summer. 


Yvonne Brunsting - Accounting
Since 1997
  • Yvonne is our Wonder Woman who saves the day twice a month writing our paychecks.
  • She has lived in Talkeetna since 1997 which has helped to inspire her creative artwork you may see in the Downtown Gallery.
  • She is the oil that keep Talkeetna Air Taxi running smoothly.


Todd Condon - Director of Maintenance
Since 2007
  • Todd is a family man (five kids!) and knows all about responsibility and caring for people & planes.
  • Has 15 years experience as Director of Maintenance
  • Todd is one of the best bakers in town!  Mmmm, cheesecake!


Will Boardman - Pilot
Since 2006
  • Flying Denali National Park since 2004
  • He often goes off gallivanting in the far stretches of the mountain ranges of Alaska to ski, climb and you can catch him paragliding too.... If you're real fast.
  • Will has become our R 44 expert finding new places for new adventures.


Jonathan Kincaid - Pilot
Since 2004
  • The Kincaid Kid returns...back by popular demand.
  • Jonathan took a hiatus from TAT to fly the West coast of Alaska based out of Kotzebue.
  • He is part of the pacer crew that spends his days off gallivanting in the mountains and exploring Alaska by air.


Dave Wiewel - Pilot
Since 2014
  • Dave has been flying for 51 years, receiving his pilot's license when he was 16 years old.
  • He spends his winters in Colorado where he enjoys skiing. Another top hobby of his is gardening.
  • Here he is pictured with one of our scenic passengers (he is on the right).


Tom Falley - Pilot
Since 2014
  • Tom came up from Washington to Alaska in 1974 and has been here since.
  • He has spent time as a rock/ice mountain guide, a hiking/hunting guide in the arctic, and an award-winning photographer in addition to his flying career.
  • Tom has a master's in Geology, giving him an intimate knowledge of the terrain in the Alaska Range.


Clay Dillard
Since 2015
  • Before joining the TAT Team, Clay spent a year and a half in Africa flying and working with Doctors without Borders.
  • Originally from South Carolina, Clay came to Alaska six years ago and has enjoyed exploring the outdoors from the air and on the ground since!


Kris Peterson - Pilot
Since 2015
  • Kris joins us from Kodiak Island, where he flew from 2008-2015. 
  • He was brought to our neck of the woods by his interest in fly-fishing, back-country skiing and, of course, aviation.
  • Kris is a "Hanger Ping-Pong" enthusiast on rainy days here at TAT. 


Leighan Falley - Pilot
Since 2015
  • Leighan is an Alaskan local, growing up in Fairbanks and spending the last decade here in Talkeetna. 
  • She was locally trained as a pilot right here in Talkeetna and has been flying around the Alaska Range for 11 years!
  • Previously she has worked as a mountaineering guide here in Talkeetna and is one of the few people to make it to the summit of Denali twice within six days. 


Andy Young - Pilot
Since 2015
  • Andy operates his own flight seeing business in the Rocky Mountains out of Boulder, Colorado in the winter.
  • Concurrent with his career in flying he spent 20 years working in the Antarctic and 15 years on the Juneau Icefield in support of scientific research.
  • Andy joins the list of TAT staff that have made it to the summit of Denali, climbing it himself in 1993! 


Vikki Wiewel - Director of Marketing
Since 2008
  • Vikki hung up her khaki pants and came to join team TAT, she is the "Om Central" at the office - the calm before the storm.
  • She'll give you motherly advice you'll like.
  • Spends time in Maine, Colorado and Alaska, and she is quite the ski bunny.


Havilah Corriera - Reservations
Since 2009
  • Havilah is a Talkeetna local and a seasoned veteran at TAT.
  • After traveling stretches of the world we are happy she has returned to the team.


Paris White - Reservations
Since 2006
  • Paris grew up in Talkeetna and spent her childhood looking up at mountains, but it wasn't until she took a mountaineering course that she gained a new appreciation for what climbers go through in order to summit Denali (you guys rock!) 
  • Paris studied philosophy and Mandarin at Whitman College and has spent time in Taiwan.


Ayla Loper - Reservations
Since 2013
  • Ayla is 100% Alaska grown and has lived her whole life in Talkeetna.
  •  She is a gifted athlete whose winged feet have carried her all the way to State sport competitions; she brings this tireless energy everyday to her labors at TAT
  • In the fall Ayla leaves the moutains of the Alaska Range for a new kind of horizon line down in Colorado where she attends college.


Danial Doty - Maintenance
Since 2003
  • Flew into Talkeetna in 2001 and so began her love for Denali National Park, skiing, climbing and adventuring. 
  • The former Chief of Maintenance for TAT became the Chief Pilot to get more sky time, and is now trained in the R-44 helicopter.
  • When she's not flying for TAT, you'll see her elbow-deep in her current RV-4 plane building project, prepping for a ski trip in a remote location, or flying pieces up to complete her ridge-top resort.
  • If Danial Can't do it, it probably can't be done!


Aaron Rohan - Maintenance
Since 2009
  • This Wisconsinite came to Talkeetna with his lovely family a couple years ago.
  • He's a great addition to the Maintenance Department.
  • A man of few words, because he's busy making sure your aircraft bolts are tight.


Dennis Hospodar - Ramper Extraordinaire
Since 2011
  • This PA native is always around to lend a hand getting climbers organized and shuttling them where they need to be.
  • Enjoying living in Alaska and the pure beauty of nature, Dennis has been tethered to Talkeetna enjoying the quaint small town.


Tom Surprenant - Ramper Extraordinaire
Since 2011
    • Tom came to Alaska from Minnesota so you can bet he is no stranger to the cold and snow.
    • After a career in the corporate lifestyle, Tom hung up his suit and tie for a job outdoors. 
    • He is always on the ball helping pilots and climbers get to where they need to go.


Beaver - The Hanger Cat
Since 2006
  • Beaver can be found catting around TAT, either mousing or lounging in the sun soaking up the rays. 
  • Watch out when he is in stalking mode - Seriously.


Ted Gannon and Fred Beckey
Since Huh?
  • Ted spends the off-season in Nepal and Seattle
  • If you need counseling re:  climbing or women, see Ted or Fred.
  • Ted "the Head" Gannon is the man behind the whole climbing operation situating tents and tarps over the vast TAT campus.
  • Though Fred Beckey does not work for us, he is usually here every year scouting for new ascents and new names for his little black book and chasing the women of TAT.