Flight School Theft

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

An Omaha Flight School which closed its doors may take some of the former students down with them. Student loans taken out for flight instruction are gone.

One former student finds herself between a business that no longer exists and creditors who want to be repaid. Nicole Boettger still remembers the first flight recorded in her logbook.

Nicole was hooked on flying long before that first time behind the controls of the trainer. It is a dream her family supports, grandpa was the first passenger Nicole ever had, but now that dream has run into a financial nightmare.

Nicole Boettger says, "I work three jobs just to pay for my flight dream, yeah kind of crazy and legal aid suggested I file bankruptcy on it but why do that and ruin my credit?"

Nicole's troubles began when she started training for her commercial license at the Omaha Flight Academy.

Nicole Boettger says, "I thought they were the best of the best."

The Omaha Flight Academy is gone now, replaced by a reputable school but Nicole says before they left the owners of The Omaha Flight Academy took everything, including her student loan.

That leaves Nicole on the hook with the loan agency for $4,000. Unless the academy returns the money as promised, or the owners are caught.

Nicole Boettger says, "I've contacted the Attorney General, the Attorney General is looking into it. They've had their private investigators look into it and they can't find the owners of the school."

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office tells Channel 6 News it tried to mediate between the flight school and Boettger, but could not locate the school's owners. He also stated the Attorney General's office does not employ private investigators.

Nicole knows she is $4,000 and a couple years away from realizing her dream of being a commercial air pilot but she says she's not giving up hope, that's why she continues to work three jobs to keep her head above water while she says, she waits for the owners of the Omaha Flight Academy to be caught and repay the money they stole from her.

While Nicole waits for word on the status of her student loan and the former Omaha Flight Academy she is also taking part in an air race to benefit Make-A-Wish.

To help fund both Make-A-Wish and the race there is a hanger dance on May 15th from 6PM to 9PM at the Council Bluffs Airport.

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