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Pilot Certificates and Ratings

Pick the Pilot Certificate you need and the airplane you want to fly. Keep it Simple, choose fewer restrictions or go for the Gold. You can even Fly a Classic Taildragger or a WARBIRD. You make the choice!

You can earn your Sport Pilot, Receational Pilot, Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, whatever suits your needs and ambition. Wild Blue Aviation's fleet of aircraft changes periodically, but here's a sample of what's available, ranging from Classic WWII military liaison aircraft, postwar Classics and the latest glass panel IFR GPS equipped airplanes.

Here's the WBA fleet:

1941 Aeronca L-3F military liaison aircraft, a real thing WARBIRD, that qualifies for both Light Sport and Standard Category aircraft training: $100/hr 

1969 Cessna 150--cheap, fun flyin'! Save lotsa money in this sweetheart. Only $125/hr. Can't beat it!

​1979 Cessna 152 Aerobat--like a Cessna 150 but with more power and approved for aerobatics. $135/hr.

Classic 1948 Cessna 170--a real beauty--tailwheel and all except LSA: $150/hr

180hp Cessna 172 with an Aspen Glass Panel and Garmin 430W IFR GPS perfect for Instrument Rating, Private or Commercial Pilot training: $150/hr 

180hp Super Decathlon with a Constant Speed Propeller: Tailwheel Training, Unusual Attitudes, Emergency Maneuvers, Spins and Spin Entries and Recoveries, Aerobatics $200/hr.

Coming soon! Lots on the horizon: Piper Twin Comanche and Turbo Aztec for multi-engine training, a Cessna 182, Cessna 182RG and another Cessna 172. Stand by for news!


You can mix and match airplanes to suit the type of training you're looking for. Below are some typical costs:


Sport Pilot Certificate--Airplane, Single-engine Land

Learn to FLY for Fun in a Classic 1942 Aeronca L-3F, one of only 19 built, drafted into the Army Air Corps at the beginning of World War II--don't know how many are left--the military version of an Aeronca Super Chief. A Real Thing WARBIRD!

​20 hours Flight Time @ $100/hr                                                                                               $2000

22.5 hours flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                                     1575

TOTAL                                                                                                                                      $3675 

Wait a minute!  What about $80/hr?  Pay in advance and take a 20% discount-- fly for only $80/hr and save $400--for a total of only $3275!  

Recreational Pilot Certificate--Airplane, Single-engine Land    

All airplanes fly the same, but Recreational Pilots enjoy nearly all the privileges of Private Pilots, without the restrictions on Sport Pilots 

30 hours Flight Time in Aeronca Cessna 150 @ $125/hr                                                      $3750

30 hours Flight and Ground Instruction @ $70/hr                                                                    2100

TOTAL                                                                                                                                    $5850

Pay in advance and save 20%--$750--only $5100!


30 hours Flight time in a 180hp Cessna 172 with an Aspen Glass Panel PFD and IFR Garmin 430W GPS  @ $150/hr                                                                                                                       $4500
30 hrs flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                                            2100
Total                                                                                                                                          $6600


Fly a beautiful 1948 Cessna 170 taildragger--same cost as in our Cessna 172? She's a beauty and only $150/hr--same as our 180hp Cessna 172--find out what rudder pedal are for!

Of course you can pay in advance and take a 20% discount--fly for only $120/hr and save $900--for a total of only $5700!

Private Pilot Certificate—Airplane, Single-Engine, Land

None of the restrictions that apply to Sport or Recreational Pilots

40 hours Flight time in a 180hp Glass Panel IFR Cessna 172 @ $150/hr                $6000
30 hrs flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                             2100
Total                                                                                                                           $8100

Pay in advance and take a 20% discount--save $1200--for a total of only $6900!                                

Even better...

Got a buddy who wants to fly, too?  You can both learn to fly at the same time in my 180hp Cessna 172 (or 170)--the Buddy System.  While you  fly, your buddy observes from the back seat--no charge for the buddy in the back!  You and your buddy trade off flying and observing--and learn a lot from watching each other--plus it actually makes the airplane handle better with a little weight in the back.  Save some big buck$$, too.  Call for details. 

Instrument Rating in Cessna 172 w/180hp, Aspen Glass Panel and Garmin 430W GPS

40hrs flight time IFR Cessna 172 w/180hp @ $150/hr                                                $6000
60 hrs flight and ground instruction @ $75/hr                                                                4500
Total                                                                                                                           $10500

OR take a 20% discount--pay in advance and pay only $120/hr ($1200 savings) for a total of only $9300!

Note that this assumes you have no previous instrument training.  Of course you got some training for your Private Pilot Certificate and you may be getting your Instrument Rating in conjunction with your Commercial Pilot Certificate, which requires some instrument training, too, so this kind of represents a worst case scenario. 

Commercial Pilot Certificate—Airplane, Single-Engine, Land

20 hrs flight time in Cessna 172 @ $150/hr                                                                $3000
10 hrs flight time in Bellanca 14-13-2/180 @ $180/hr                                                   1800
40 hrs flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                               2800
Total                                                                                                                            $7600

Pay in advance and get a 20% discount (a $960 savings) for a total cost of only $6320. This assumes you already have the minimum flight experience required to qualify for a Commercial Pilot Certificate. 

Flight Instructor Certificate—Airplane, Single Engine

20 hrs flight time C-172 $150/hr                                                                                  $3000
10 hrs flight time in Bellanca 14-13-2/180 @ $180/hr                                                   1800
40 hrs flight and ground instruction  @ $70/hr                                                              2800
Total                                                                                                                            $7600

Pay in advance and get a 20% discount--a savings of $960--for a total of $6740 

All you CFI's should take a look at the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators--SAFE, get it?--and their web site at
www.safepilots.org Also check out the National Association of Flight Instructors.  Their website is at www.nafinet.org.
Tailwheel Endorsement

10 hrs flight time in Cessna 170 @ $150/hr                                                                  $1500
15 hrs flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                                 1050  Total                                                                                                                              $2550
Discounts?  You bet.  Pay in advance and get a 20% discount (a $300 savings) for a total cost of only $2250

Precision Aircraft Control Training 

This is training every pilot should receive. Learn to handle your airplane in every situation and explore the edges of the flight envelope:  extremely slow flight maneuvering, falling leaf, aggravated stalls, slips, “normal” spin entries, spin entries from slips, skids etc. and precision recoveries with minimum altitude loss. 

5 hours in 180hp Super Decathlon @ $200/hr                                                               $1000 

7.5 hours flight and ground training @ $70/hr                                                                    525 

Total                                                                                                                                $1525                                                                                         

Basic Aerobatics--spins, loops and rolls

5 hours in a 180hp Super Decathlon @ $200/hr                                                           $1000

10 hours ground and flight training @ $75/hr                                                                    750

Total                                                                                                                               $1750

Competition Aerobatics--taught by Champion Aerobatic Instructors

10 hours 180hp Super Decathlon @$200/hr                                                                $2000

​20 hours flight and ground instruction @ $120/hr                                                           2400

Total                                                                                                                              $4400

These courses are customized for the training you need so the above is just a ballpark idea.


Basic Bush Flying

Approaching, Landing and Departing Short, Narrow, Confined runways, including paved, grass, gravel and Mountain airports—your airplane or mine.

5 hours 180hp Cessna 172 or Cessna 170 @ $150/hr                                                $750
10 hours flight and ground instruction @ $70/hr                                                             700   TOTAL                                                                                                                        $1450

SAVE 20% discount for payment in advance                                                              $1300

Want to FLY a Classic Aircraft?  You can!

1948 Cessna 170 tailwheel beauty

1941 Aeronca L-3F Light Sport Warbird

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Fly some of the world's truly Great Airplanes--Get the Right Stuff at Wild Blue Aviation!  

Wild Blue Aviation
Hangar 28

Arlington Municipal Airport
18228 59th Dr. NE, Arlington, WA, 98223 USA
phone 425-876-0865

Learn to Fly and get your Instrument Rating in this 180hp Cessna 172 with an Aspen Glass Panel PFD and Garmin 430W IFR GPS

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$80/hr!  If you are in top mental and physical condition and are outstanding in character, you can Learn to Fly at Wild Blue Aviation. Must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, brave, clean, adventurous, fun loving, kind to animals, small children and lesser mortals. Your airplane, my airplane, Taildraggers, Classics, Experimentals, Warbirds. YOU CAN DO IT! Call your Recruitment Officer today--Capt. Jerry Painter, CFI/Chief Pilot/A&P/Airport Bum. Ain't no spam spoken here!


Pilot Training

Pilot and Tailwheel training in a Classic 1948 Cessna 170

Hangar 28 

18228 59th Dr. NE 

Arlington Municipal Airport 

Telephone: 425-876-0865

Email FlyWBA@GMail.com