Press Release - Local Flight School Operators Complete Training
(LSRM) Light Sport Repairmen Maintenance
Corning, CA. Long-time flight instructors and owner/operators of Cloud 9 Aerosports, Inc. in St. Marys, PA. Bob and Lori Keech recently completed a three week intensive course culminating in the issuance of their FAA LSRM-A (Light Sport Repairman Maintenance) rating. This certification allows them to do maintenance, repairs, 100-hour inspections and Annual Condition Inspections on all Light Sport Aircraft, including PPC (Powered Parachutes and WSC (Weight- Shift Control) aircrafts and Fixed Wing Aircraft.
In addition to this course, they have also
completed the Rotax Engine Maintenance Course in Hayward, Ca., making them the area's only factory-authorized Rotax Engine Mechanics. For Bob and Lori, the acquisition of these certifications brings them one step closer to being a one-stop shop for their customers and students.
Having the capability of being able to do in-house inspections and maintenance on our own aircraft will minimize downtime, maximize aircraft availability and will undoubtedly improve the operational safety of these aircraft by addressing minor maintenance issues before they become major problems, the Keeches said.
Rainbow aviation is the only FAA-Authorized facility in the United States to offer this course, which is held several times a year at their Corning facility and once a year at the EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh, WI.
They also offer an additonal week of accelerated training for the PPC (Powered Parachutes) and WSC (Weight-Shift Control) Aircraft, which Bob and Lori completed in October 2008. CPS (California Power Systems) of Hayward, CA. provided the supplemental Rotax engine training. The Austrian-made Rotax engine is being used on the majority of S-LSA (Special Light Aircraft) being manufactured around the world today. In the courses, students are exposed to a wide variety of aircraft repair work, including patching fiberglass and metal; evaluating problems with various types of corrosion;
troubleshooting the engines; and repairing wood, metal and composite props.
Bob and Lori Keech hold the distinction of being one of only two husband and wife teams in the United States to complete this training. Lori Keech holds the distinction of being only one of two women to complete both the Rotax Maintenance Course, and the LSRM-A. Also, she is currently the only woman in the United States who provides flight training in Weight-Shift Control Aircraft.