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Chuck Ferrell of Pennsylvania Sky Ops launches a drone for a demonstration on the north lawn of the main campus of South Hills in State College.

South Hills Press Release

STATE COLLEGE -- South Hills School of Business & Technology has announced a new "Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School" Professional Development program to be offered evenings and weekends through the State College main campus this Fall.

"Commercial drone use is in its infancy," says Jeff Stachowski, South Hills Community Outreach Director and Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Coordinator. "As more businesses identify the need for drone support, pilots with commercial certification and skills in specialty areas like agriculture, engineering, surveying, emergency management, and videography will be in demand. We developed the program with the needs of both the experienced drone pilots and beginners in mind."

South Hills has planned two Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Information Sessions where interested individuals can:

  • Attend a presentation about the Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School & learn about the first course in the series, FAA Part 107 Certification Course.
  • Meet the Instructor and FAA Certified Drone Pilot, Chuck Ferrell. He is the Founder of Pennsylvania SkyOps, a federally-approved drone services company.
  • View a live flight demonstration (weather permitting).

Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School Instructor, Chuck Ferrell of Pennsylvania Sky Ops


The Information Sessions will be held at South Hills State College Campus located at 480 Waupelani Drive in State College and are scheduled for:

  • September 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • October 11th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The program’s first two-week course, FAA Part 107 Certification, is slated to start on September 18th and will help experienced drone pilots prepare for the FAA Part 107 Drone Commercial Pilot Certification Test. This class will also have a “hands-on” flying component which will stress safe piloting practices. Since class size is limited, the certification course will be repeated in October to accommodate demand. Course offerings will be expanded in the future and may include topics such as Advanced Flying Techniques, Agricultural Applications, Mapping & Surveying Techniques, Basic Drone Flying for Beginners, and Sports Flying.

To register to attend an Information Session to get more information about the Drone Pro-Pilot Flight School, please contact:

Jeff Stachowski, Drone Program Coordinator
Phone: 814-234-7755
Email: jstachowski@southhills.edu

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