CCAC to hold drone demonstration and press conference at Allegheny Campus on June 13

CCAC Drone Demonstration
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a drone demonstration and press conference on Allegheny Campus in advance of a new course being offered at the college—Introduction to small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). The event will include a demonstration of a small training drone that will be used during the class, as well as a display of a variety of drones.

Members of the media and the public will have the opportunity to ask wide-ranging questions about drone operation, drone safety and the use of recreational and commercial drones from expert Brian Pitre, co-founder of SkyOp, a small unmanned aerial systems education company. Pitre is a 40-year veteran of the computer and information technology industry. He has held positions with Data General, Prime, and Wang, as well as senior management positions at Scientific Calculations and Microlytics/Selectronics.

The course, which begins June 20 and runs for three weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings, is designed for individuals interested in flying drones for fun or as a new career. Students will get indoor hands-on flight practice using a small model quadcopter, receive computer simulator training, learn about the different types of flight systems and emerging job opportunities and gain an understanding of safe and legal flying practices. Each student will receive their own small quadcopter and flight simulator software.

                   What:           CCAC will hold a drone demonstration and press conference.

                   When:          1:30 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 13

                   Who:            Brian Pitre, co-founder of SkyOp
                                        Dr. Quintin Bullock, president, CCAC
                                        Debra Killmeyer, vice president, Workforce Development, CCAC
                                        Brian Hannon, director, Center for Professional Development, CCAC     

                   Where:        CCAC Allegheny Campus gymnasium, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15212


The event is open to the media, including still/video cameras.

For more information about SkyOp, visit

Learn more about the training course.

View the program flyer.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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