BEFA Renton approach

Renton Airport

How BEFA Supports Boeing and Community

  • Support of BCA Propulsion787 nacelle test paint through the operation of our C-182RG.
  • Boeing Fire Department personnel training, and its biannual international symposium on aircraft fire fighting, General Aviation standard type aircraft and ballistic parachute/TAA aircraft training. Over 80 fire fighters from around the world attended.
  • "Bailing" of one of our TAA aircraft and facility and logistical support to Boeing "Phantom Works" SAFE proprietary navigation software project.
  • Applicable training and coordination for FAA checkride for and conversion of Civilian FAA ATP pilot licenses for ex-Military pilots hired into Boeing Flight Test.
  • John Madden, past Manager of the T-33 chase plane program is but one notable recipiant.
  • Support of Boeing Customer Relations through educational demonstration of General Aviation operations in the United States to domestic and foreign customers/entities, such as the Moscow Design Bureau.
  • Providing instructors, course design/updating and general support oversight of Boeing LTP General Aviation classes.
  • Facility and meeting support for NW Society of Experimental Test Pilots
  • Support with informational booth for potential Boeing employee opportunities at Boeing Engineering New Hire Event at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
  • Flight Test's annual "Hot Wings and Wheels" event.
  • Boeing "Family Day's" plant exhibits.
  • Angel Flight Program

BEFA Paine field

Everett - Paine Field

Welcome to BEFA

The Boeing Employees Flying Association (BEFA) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Boeing Recreation Council. BEFA exists for the purpose of allowing eligible persons to have the use of small aircraft for personal flying or to learn to fly. The association has a large fleet of small aircraft available to its members at per-hour costs that are the lowest in the Puget Sound area. We have a large staff of flight instructors, most of whom are Boeing employees themselves.

How do I join BEFA?
Wes McKechnie - Welcome to BEFA
Wes McKechnie - Welcome to BEFA (3:00 minutes)

GET STARTED! Private Pilot Ground School

FALL Quarter 2015

BEFA Private Pilot Aviation Ground School:

Starts: September 15th, 2015 Ends: October 19th, 2015

Classes are available in the morning or evening. This will prepare you with the foundation of information to pass the FAA "written" Knowledge Private Pilot test and understand pilot/flight operation basics. Each course consists of 20 classes over 10 weeks (approx. 60 hours total), and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SOUTH or CENTRAL: Classes are offered in conjunction with and enrolling through Renton Technical College. Session starting times 10:30AM for morning class (RTC course #AVIA 101 S022), and evening class at 4:45PM (course #AVIA 101 S024). Contact Renton Technical College, (425) 235-2352, ext. 5522, to register or get more information: Class location: Renton Municipal Airport, BEFA facility classroom.

NORTH: Classes are offered in conjunction with and enrolling through Everett Community College. Morning class starts at 10:00AM, evening class 5:00PM, Morning class# 9392. Afternoon class# 9390. Call 425-267-0150 or North classes currently scheduled for the Paine Field/EvCC classrooms.

All classes are 2.5 to 3 hours in length. These are excellent comprehensive reviews for already rated pilots too. These programs are open to the public, as well as Boeing personnel.

BEFA Crew Video

Above and beyond!


Renton Flight Schedule Pro Users

Attention KRNT Flight Schedule Pro Users: At this time we are using FSP for schedules, Tach times and Checking planes IN/OUT. NOT Squawks. We will be getting used to the schedule format first and then at a later time bring in other features. Please continue using the Tach Sheets in the books for now.

Howard Wolvington - Flight Instructor of the Year


New Plane at Paine

N2164Z, a 2003 172SP, is now online at PAE. 180 HP engine, fuel injection, great paint, leather interior glass, the works! 2-axis autopilot and a multifunction display. An ideal IFR trainer.


Now available in Flight Schedule pro for scheduling and is parked by our other planes. Rental rate same as our other SPs. Note that a one-time checkout is required if you haven't flown an SP at BEFA before. See your CFI for more details.

BEFA article in AOPA

Boeing GA Aviation Ground School Information

The Boeing LTP or BEFA office no longer handles the ground school enrollment, though the class is still taught in the Renton Airport BEFA facility classroom. (See Renton Boeing facility map, grid B-52). Enrollment is now through Renton Technical College. 17 student maximum, $425 includes all 3 books and associated supplies. Class though is now open to the general public too. The Boeing LTP program does, at the time of this article, pay for the Boeing employee's course cost, with a passing grade of "C" or better.

BEFA Featured In Boeing Frontiers Magazine Article