"Bob ... and ... Lori Keech are excellent flight instructors .....
They emphasize safe flying techniques ... and ... are very thorough in their approach ... as well as being a font of knowledge ... and ... experience ... which they love to share with their students ..... Bob is very hands on ... and ... direct in his approach ... and ... Lori is very nurturing ... together they are a great team .....
Bob ... and ... Lori teach power on ... as well as ... power off landings ... not common for most trike flight instructors ... and ... an example of how thorough ... and ... safety conscious they are ..... In addition ... they are ... just simply ... nice people ....."
I have complete faith in Bob and Lori as instructors. While they never forget that flying is meant to be fun, their focus is first and foremost on safety. They will teach you everything you need to know to be a safe and competent pilot. No matter what your style of learning or level of confidence, they will teach you at a pace that is comfortable. You don't need to be brave or savvy, just to pay attention.
It is great to work with two instructors. You may prefer one or the other, which will cause no offense, but it's a real benefit to be exposed to two voices, two personalities, and two teaching styles. If you can't seem to master a skill with one, you will succeed with the other. Whoever you are (I'm 64), Bob and Lori will make you feel comfortable. They each have a sense of humor and a joy of flying.
I drive four hours to get to St Marys, and many students come further. It's very do-able. You can stay in a motel or sleep in the Pilots' Lounge and hang around the airport, which is an interesting and friendly place. The countryside is beautiful, and I get a thrill every time I fly.
After being out of the aviation world for 7 years I was looking for an affordable, fun, way to "get back up in the air". I discovered trikes by accident and after some research, decided that this was the way to go for me. Google search led me to the closest training facility to my home, a three hours drive to St. Mary's Pennsylvania. Let me tell you, the drive was well worth it. After meeting Bob and Lori, it was decided that I would begin my training as soon as the weather cooperated. Six months, and a few trips, later I am the proud owner of a Northwing Apache Classic trike and am having a ball. Let me back track by saying that I am a very meticulous, thorough, individual who does not go into anything half way. Cloud 9 Aerosports was a perfect fit. Bob and Lori are very knowledgeable regarding everything trike related. They looked at my wants and needs, set me up with a buyer, and trained me until I became proficient. I already possessed my private pilot license, but Bob and Lori put me through the paces until both they, and I, felt confident in my abilities. The day I passed my check ride and soloed came with as much excitement as it had when I had done the same in a Cessna 7 years earlier. Having two CFI's in one location fulfilled the requirements of training with one and taking the check ride with another. Everything was done at their airport facility and the trips became an enjoyable diversion from my normal routine. My wife often accompanied me and we were able to turn the trips into mini vacations. The airport lounge, boarding facility, and restaurant made everything convenient and was very affordable I never felt "rushed" through their program nor felt I was made to repeat lessons for the sake of building up time (and expense). Bob and Lori trained me to their high standards until they felt confident that I was a safe, competent pilot. They even came to my home airport and helped me set the trike up. Through Bob and Lori's guidance, I now have a new hobby and enjoy taking up anyone I can find. I highly recommend Cloud 9 Aerosports for anyone looking into flying trikes and am thankful for my new friends and passion.
Ron Dixon WSCL CFI, DPE
Buffalo Ridge Airsports, Inc.
Hi Lori, I've been noticing your training program and talked with another DPE about it. We've been impressed with the program you and Bob have set up there at St. Mary's. You guys have put together a really comprehensive training program. I like your sensitivity to safety and your broad scope of coverage including maintenance, inspections, Part 103 pilot training, and your willingness to help with assembly, inspection, and test flying used trikes. That's a great asset for someone just getting started in this sport. I see you even have housing recommendations for out of town students. Given the few trike instructors in the country, that's an important issue for many who have to travel several hours and stay overnight to get lessons. On a related subject, I sent you my Plan of Action for the WSCL Practical Test last year. Since it is modified every year, I'll have to keep you updated with it so you can be in synch with the latest issues the FAA feels is important. If your training program can incorporate these changes, it will help your students be well prepared for the Practical Test. We have been moving toward scenario based testing as much as possible and will continue doing that. Hope you guys can visit again down here in Virginia some time soon.
Ron Dixon WSCL CFI, DPE
Lori: I was thinking of your resume yesterday: Great pilot, great instructor, Rotex mechanic, great flight school organizer, great community leader, great customer communications and service, honest work ethic, therefore, building a Web site was right in line with your many skills. Great Job!
I have known Bob and Lori Keech for years by way of our airport community. They are very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I have been a pilot for many years in larger (single engine) aircraft. However when I decided to purchase an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft with a Rotax engine I trusted their knowledge and training to perform the final pre-purchase inspection with me. Their assessment was thorough and unbiased. I subsequently purchased that aircraft confident in their evaluation and flew it home, though they did leave me with a laundry list of suggested minor corrective maintenance items. A few weeks later I made a follow-up visit to their hangar so I could receive additional training on Rotax engine care and operations. At that time they went so far as to furnish me with a various spare parts numbers, operational tips and contact information as well as photo copies of Rotax operating guidelines to help me get started off on the correct path. Their assistance to me has been invaluable.