Ignite Flight Academy

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About Ignite Flight

Ignite Flight is a premier flight school in Lincoln, Nebraska, driven by a passion for aviation and a love for helping people achieve their aviation dreams. Our professional Pilot Academy offers pilot career training for airline, charter, corporate aviation, and more. We also provide recreational flight training. We are truly honored to inspire and enable your aviation dreams.

Our Conviction

We were created with a love for people and a passion to serve.

Our Mission


We follow four simple core values:

Do everything with integrity

Innovate & improve

Invest in others

Apply truth & grace

Meet Our Team


Bill Heckathorn


Bill got his start in the aviation industry working at a flight school while working on his certificates and ratings. In 2000, he earned his CFI and worked for a university flight training program. After that, he managed an FBO and sold new/used aircraft. Bill has always had an entrepreneurial spirit to him, which led him to start Ignite Flight Academy in 2004.

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Eric Hartwell
admissions / project manager


Eric’s journey with Ignite Flight began as a customer back in 2008. He started flight training in a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk during his senior year of high school at Lincoln East and completed his private pilot certificate that July. In February 2011, Eric started an internship at Ignite Flight Academy, which grew into a part time position. In 2012 Eric became the flight training manager.

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Jacob Wilson
Chief Flight Instructor


In 1974, attending Oklahoma State University, Jacob’s interest in aviation took off. Now after 45 years in industry and counting, Jacob has been a Flight Instructor, Charter Pilot, Corporate Pilot, worked for over 5 different airlines, and so much more. Finally Jacob spent 23 years as an aviation safety inspector. Flew everything from small pistons to a Boeing 737.

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Molly heckathorn
Admissions Coordinator


Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Molly has grown up to love the charm and culture of the Midwest. From a young age she has been immersed in the world of aviation, experiencing the thrill of flight through countless adventures with her dad. After a year of studying in Kansas City, she returned to Lincoln, where she joined the Ignite Flight family.

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sarah heckathorn


Sarah has been part of the Ignite Flight family since its founding in 2004. She is an integral part of the team as she is equipped with an extensive understanding of how the company operates behind the scenes. She handles all of Ignite’s accounting and manages various other administrative tasks. 

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alix beatty
Flight Training Manager


Alix joined Ignite Flight as an administrative assistant in 2018 to help us better serve our customers. She loves human interaction and customer service, and she exhibits impressive skills when it comes to scheduling flights and ensuring our customers stay on track to achieve their goals. Alix enjoys spending time with family and friends, 

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jason schindler
Director of Operations


A second-generation aviator, Jason started his flying career in Norfolk Nebraska in 1992. He has been a CFI since 2002 and has 25 years of flying fixed wing and helicopter in the aerial application industry. He has instructed tailwheel, aerobatic, unusual attitude. Jason has a passion for aviation education and finds joy in giving back to the future of flying.

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Tony Bobbett
Maintenance Manager


Tony was born in Lincoln, NE and raised in the southeast corner of the state, Humboldt, Nebraska. He received his Airframe & Powerplant certificate from Western Nebraska Community College in 1982, graduating with an associate degree in aviation maintenance. A year later, he earned his Private Pilot certificate. In 1993 he added an Inspection Authorization endorsement to his A&P.

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Chloe Powers
Admissions Rep / Marketing


Chloe became part of the Ignite Flight family in 2024, bringing her passion for connecting aspiring pilots with our academy. In her role, Chloe focuses on helping prospective students find their perfect fit at Ignite Flight Academy. She utilizes her strategic mindset to create engaging digital marketing campaigns on social media and through email, and she ensures that every inquiry is met with a friendly and informative response.

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Flight Instructors

Greg love
Certified Flight Instructor

Hunter Hoscheit
Certified Flight Instructor

Talon Ramsey
Certified Flight Instructor

sam simoneau
Certified Flight Instructor

Kyle Goodwin
Certified Flight Instructor

Torrey Wilson
Certified Flight Instructor

Madison Parde
Certified Flight Instructor

Kate Farneth
Certified Flight Instructor

Corbin oppegard Certified Flight Instructor

Certified Flight Instructor

Dustin hoffman
Certified Flight Instructor

Elijah Bohlmeyer
Certified Flight Instructor

Flight Support

Grant Bowden
Flight Training Support

Brian Althouse
Flight Training Support

Josie Marchetti
Flight Training Administrative Assistant

About Lincoln, Nebraska

Home to the Nebraska State Capitol and the University of Nebraska, the city of Lincoln is a Midwestern community that appeals to young professionals because of its trendy shopping, nightlife, affordable housing options, trails and recreational opportunities, and highly rated restaurants.

What more could you want, right?

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