Jill Tallman

Happy news from Wasilla

September 9, 2009 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

I first learned about Wasilla, Alaska, a city of about 10,000, while researching an article about mentors and student pilots. That article profiled a student pilot named Chad Speer from Wasilla, and it appeared in the May 2008 AOPA Flight Training.  In September 2008, Wasilla became extremely well known for another of its inhabitants–then-Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the presidential election. Palin had been Wasilla’s mayor before she was elected governor. While all that was going on, Chad Speer and his dad, Rob, were plugging away at Chad’s training, flying Rob’s Super Cub in some of the most beautiful country imaginable, if the photos sent by his mom, Pamela, are any indication. (That’s Chad flying up the Knik Glacier.) On August 4, 17-year-old Chad passed his private pilot checkride. Congratulations to Chad!

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3 Responses to “Happy news from Wasilla”

  1. Patrick Flannigan Says:

    The scenery is just breathtaking up there. When (not if) I vacation up there, I really need to find somebody to take me on a scenic flight around the area.

    And congratulations to Chad!

  2. Pam Speer Says:

    I just saw this, didn’t know you wrote an article. I’m Chad’s mom, yes he passed his checkride and received his FAA Priviate Pilots license in May 2009. He is also a Civil Air Patrol Pilot! Thanks for the post.

  3. Edgar Hammett Says:

    way to go brother chad

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