Kansas Selected for Drone Pilot Program

May 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington D.C.- Today Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao selected the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to participate in the Department’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. This program will pair the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), KDOT and private sector participants to collect invaluable data on how to safely integrate drones in the national airspace. 

“The state of Kansas has a rich history in the aviation industry and will be a strong asset to this pilot program. In the first three years of drone integration, it is predicted that more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the US with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion,” Rep. Marshall said.

Kansas was one of 10 participants that were chosen for this program.

“In my district, K-State Polytechnic is one of the first universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems, this exclusive cutting-edge education shows Kansas is leading in this industry, and with the DOT’s selection I am proud that we will continue to champion this technology,” Rep. Marshall said.

Kansas was the first state to have an operational Unmanned Traffic Management system in place for state agencies, all 138 airports and 37 institutions of higher education. Kansas has been leading the charge for UAS development and has been a proven leader in this sector. In January, the Kansas delegation led a letter to the DOT advocating for the state to be selected for this pilot program.

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