Drone Racing at South Hills | South Hills School of Business & Technology

Drone Racing in State College

South Hills School of Business & Technology has affiliated with Central PA Quad Racers (CPAQR) to bring sanctioned drone racing to State College.

CPAQR is headquartered out of Buzzard RC Field in Lock Haven, PA. They are Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned and a chapter of MultiGP Drone Racing, the world's largest drone racing league. The State College Branch of CPAQR is based out of South Hills.

Racers must be AMA members and must register with CPAQR prior to the race. All questions can be directed to Jeff Stachowski, Director of Outreach at jstachowski@southhills.edu or 1-814-234-7755.

Central PA Quad Racers Sanctioned Events in State College

Click here for complete information about all CPAQR racing events.

Location Information

All racing events will be held at the State College Assembly of God, 2201 University Drive Ext., State College, PA 16801.

Race Day Schedule

10:00AM – Setup
11:00AM – Registration & Practice
1:00PM – Race Begins


What is FPV Drone Racing?

Drone Racing is a sport in which small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) remote pilots build extremely fast, agile, multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that are used to fly competitively around various set courses.

First Person View (FPV) racing is a type of drone flying where pilots use cameras to fly drones as if they were sitting in the cockpit. Drone racers fly using FPV monitor screens, while others use specialized, virtual-reality style FPV goggles for an immersive experience.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.