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Skytrekker Aviation

Learn to Fly with Skytrekker Aviation at Palo Alto and San Carlos Airports with an Award Winning Female Flight Instructor for the person with a passion to Fly

John J


"One of the best flight instructors that you might find. Not only will she help you accomplish your dreams but you will be disciplined, organized and able to fly safely after getting through her training."

Glenn O


"Sue is a fantastic flight instructor. I was specifically looking for a female flight instructor with deep experience as both a pilot and instructor. She definitely fit the bill. She helps to make complex issues clear, welcomes questions, helped to find answers to some of my questions that took me deeper into understanding the "why" of some topics." 

Have you always dreamed of learning to fly?  If you've found your way to this website, you've made the first step to becoming a Pilot! 

Every Pilot I know grew up dreaming of flying like a bird - high in the sky, through the clouds and trees, or above buildings and mountains, like Superman.  

​My name is Sue Ballew.  After flying for the airlines as a professional pilot, I became a full-time Certified Flight Instructor. I've been teaching pilots to learn to fly in complex airspace, like the Bay Area, since 1999, and have accumulated over 16,000 flight hours.  I offer flying lessons in the Bay Area mostly from Palo Alto Airport and occasionally San Carlos Airport, and other airports upon request.. 

I utilize a structured teaching syllabus for your flight training, but also tailor your flying lessons and my teaching style to you based on your background, temperament, and your unique ways of learning and absorbing material.

Finding the right flight instructor is extremely important.  You want a Certified Flight Instructor whose teaching style and personality click with you and make you feel safe and comfortable.

Why not schedule an 
"Introductory Flying Lesson" to see if we click?  It's easy.  Go to the "Contact" page and send me an email or purchase your Flight on the "Intro Flight" page.

The top 5 questions you may have about flying lessons:

  •    What can I expect when I learn to fly?  
  •    How much do flying lessons cost? 
  •    What is required to get my pilot's license?
  •    How long does it take to get my pilot's license?
  •    Should I learn to fly at a Flight School or a Flying Club?  

If you are interested in advancing your piloting skills and knowledge, please "contact" me to begin your  Instrument and/or Commercial Training.

Get answers to your questions about Flying Lessons in the Bay Area with Skytrekker Aviation on the 
"Flight Training" page.

And, learn why many choose a Female Flight Instructor on the 
"Female Instructor" page.  

Take Flying Lessons at Palo Alto and San Carlos Airports

"​Contact" me today to find out how you can Learn to Fly

Learning to Fly is Fun and Exciting!!  

Your Gold Seal Flight Instructor

Sue Ballew

AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructor 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013

Professional Pilot of the Year

SCV 99s 2017

​NAFI Master Flight Instructor

Certified Flight Instructor of the Year 2012 - West Valley Flying Club

Professional Pilot of the Year 2012

Southwest Section

The Ninety-Nines, Inc.

Flying Lessons Learn To Fly in Palo Alto