Owner & Mechanic
Doug Keck was born and raised in Wadsworth, Ohio. He attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa Oklahoma, where he received his A&P license and his IA. While attending school, Doug worked at Tulsa Helicopters, Tusla Rotorblades and Tulsa Heliparts. After moving back to Ohio, he took a job at Aerodynamics at Skypark in Wadsworth and Skypark Flight Academy. Later, he purchased Aerodyamics and 1st Place Aviation opened in 2000, performing everything from oil changes to complete restorations. Doug's efforts at 1st Place were recognized in Cessna Flyers Magazine, American Bonanza Society and even Model Airplane News! After Skypark, Doug served as the Director of Maintenance for American Winds Avaition their FAA part 141 flight school and part 135 charter service until June of 2015. Doug started a new business venture, "Keck Aviation," as a mobile operation in May of 2014. He specialized in providing mobile maintenance services to multiple airports in Ohio. In July of 2016, Keck Aviation put down new roots at the Wayne County Airport in Smithville, Ohio and has welcomed three well qualified mechanics to help provide service in his new 10,000 maintenance facility! Of course, Doug is still able to travel to you, for the right price!