The Boeing Employees Flying Association (BEFA) is a different kind of aviation organization. As a non-profit affiliated with Boeing, our mission is to create a community for our members and to make general aviation affordable and accessible—whether you’re just learning to fly, an experienced pilot building time to qualify for an airline job or using general aviation for fun or to travel.
We have a well-maintained fleet of capable airplanes—most of which are equipped with Garmin touchscreen GPSs and ADS-B traffic and weather—available at very competitive hourly rates (billed as tach time rather than Hobbs time). Our aircraft range from trusty Cessna 172s to complex aircraft like a Beech Sierra and our two Cessna 182 RGs. We also have a Cirrus SR20 and a Cessna T210 (complete with deice boots!). We even have a float plane that members can rent.
To provide training on all these aircraft, BEFA has a cadre of top-notch flight instructors—from test pilots and airline captains to engineers—who are passionate about aviation and teaching. Our instructors are key to helping members stay proficient and our many hours of safe, trouble-free operation.
In addition to flying, BEFA offers the opportunity for members to join the crew and perform maintenance on our aircraft under the supervision of an authorized maintenance lead. Crew members are volunteers who develop the skill set to work on small aircraft, which helps us keep flying costs low! Should you care to join, the crew meets Thursday evenings from 4 – 7 PM at BEFA in Renton.
BEFA facilities are located at Renton Municipal Airport, and at Paine Field, Everett. Members have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to the facilities for their flying convenience. The Renton office is staffed 6 days a week to assist members in their flying needs, and to carry out the business of BEFA. In addition, a phone/computer based scheduling system is in use, with 24-hour/day access, from any location.
BEFA owns many aircraft, and uses leased equipment as well, to provide a well-equipped, large, and diverse fleet to suit the flying needs of the members. Flight instruction is provided for all ratings through ATP by a well-qualified, experienced group of member instructors who enjoy assisting other members in reaching their goals. BEFA also offers SES (float) training, and solo use of the float plane outside the local area. * A privilege generally no longer available from area FBO’s.
Our members have enjoyed many hours of safe, trouble-free flying at reasonable rates over thepast years. BEFA’s goal is to continue providing this service while encouraging safety under the”best insurance protection” for its pilots and passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Boeing Employees and retirees,
- Boeing interns,
- Customer, Vendor and Government representatives stationed at Boeing who hold a Boeing identification badge, and
- Certificated Flight Instructors approved by the Board to instruct at BEFA.
Participating Members own an interest in BEFA property holdings through a share purchase. There are six different categories of membership, each with its own privileges and limitations:
- PARTICIPATING MEMBERS
- FAMILY MEMBERS
- AFFILIATE MEMBERS
- ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
- GUEST MEMBERS
- SERVICE MEMBERS
Each category provides a different set of membership options. For example, Guest Membership is open to non-dependent children, stepchildren, grandchildren, parents and siblings of individuals who qualify as participating membership and spouses of children of those qualifying for participating membership. Refer to page 12 of the Procedures Manual & Rules of Operation for details.
Participating and Guest Members are required to purchase a Share in the Association. This provides owing an interest in BEFA property and voting rights (Participating Members only). The shares are available in three classes and have differing prices:
- Class I: Student pilot: $550.00 C-150/C-172 or equivalent
- Class II: Rated Pilot: $650.00 all except Cirrus, Float, Complex/High performance privilege
- Class III: Unrestricted: $750.00 all airplanes A minimum down payment is required as defined in the Procedures Manual & Rules of Operation Section 15. Shares are non-refundable and non-transferable. A member may upgrade a share to a higher class at any time by paying the difference in share price.
In addition to purchasing a share, members must pay monthly dues for the operation of the association and to cover the insurance costs of flying, which is an actual “owners” policy, not just a “renters” type policy. In addition, this fee covers the various business taxes, facility operation/upkeep, and required support costs and miscellaneous charges associated with operating BEFA. These dues are in addition to any flying fees. Dues are currently $110/month. This amount gives you continued active membership in the association with the flying privileges.
Yes, you can, but with considerations. Members who will not be flying for an extended period, such as several months, for certain valid and verified reasons outlined in BEFA Rules of Operation Section 4.1 may apply for Leave-Of-Absence (LOA) status. If LOA status is approved by the Board of Trustees for any reason other than those listed in Section 4.1, the minimum period of LOA is 12 months, there is no maximum. During LOA, flight insurance, flying and scheduling privileges are suspended, but use of and participation and access of ground facilities, Pilots Club Lounge, events and the BEFA Flight Simulator are still allowed. The LOA status reduces dues & insurance to $20.00 per month.
Return to “active” flying status from LOA requires the member to send a written request to the BEFA Board of Trustees. The BEFA Board of Trustees must approve the member’s request to return to “active status” before the status is changed. Members should turn in their written request a few weeks before the intended return date. If the period of LOA is less than 12 months, and the Board finds the request not consistent with reasons outlined in Section 18 of the Procedures Manual & Rules of Operation, full back dues for the time on LOA would need to be paid before release to “Active” status.