About Us

Located at Bucyrus airport, Ballou Skies Aviation is operated by certified flight instructor Peg Ballou. We can meet you for flight instruction in your own plane at any nearby airport such as Upper Sandusky, Shelby, Galion, Marion or Mansfield.

N8938S is a Cessna 150, a very popular and economical two seat trainer, called “the plane that taught America to fly.” It is more weight and space sensitive than the 172, working well for smaller pilots under 200 pounds, although others have successfully done so.

Our other option is a Cessna 172 N20058, a roomier aircraft with great instrumentation. Either work well for Private Pilot or Instrument instruction. This isIn a great option for two-pilot family instruction in a Study Buddy approach. One pilot flies, one observes, cutting the time down for overall instruction and splitting costs.

Our hangar is conveniently located at Port Bucyrus- Crawford County Airport with easy access to both blacktop and grass runways. The required FAA written test can be taken in a nearby test centre.  Instructional hands-on flights  include trips to non-towered fields and nearby towered Mansfield (Class D) and Columbus or Toledo (Class C) airspace.  The Ballou Skies flight education program is well rounded with a good understanding of the “What- Why– Hows” of aeronautical principles, not just a rote performance of inputs. Aviation is a thinking sport, and we encourage you to consider the cost  in time, energy and effort, as well as financially.

Peg is a 2017 award winner of the Distinguished Instructor Award from AOPA, based on reviews and customer satisfaction from previous students. She is also an FAA Safety Team volunteer,  presenting safety seminars locally and at AirVenture in Oshkosh since 2010. She has been involved with EAA Young Eages giving Discovery Flights, and is an Airport Support Network volunteer with AOPA, as well as a member of professional trade organizations NAFI and SAFE, and women pilots organizations The Ninety-Nines and Women in Aviation.

Ballou Skies Women’s Aviation Retreat Center

Providing a SAFE place for women to come, study and experience flight, the Ballou Skies Aviation Retreat Centre offers a guest house with 3 bedroom, kitchen and laundry facilities. Stay in this quaint farm house and study with Peg and other women coming for instruction.

Bucyrus is near Mansfield with many medium city activities and shopping outlets, as well as theatres and restaurants. We are near Amish Country and Springfield/Dayton aviation attractions like the Air Force Museum for restful mental breaks from aviation study.

Fun in the Ballou Skies