Kansas is the Air Capitol of the World and a center for aerospace excellence where over 67% of the world’s general aviation fleet was manufactured. The state is a leader in aircraft design and manufacturing of general aviation aircraft and is now at the forefront of UAS being chosen as 1 of 10 lead participants in the Federal Integration Pilot Program. KDOT Division of Aviation is working directly with the UAS Joint Task Force which includes experts on aviation, agriculture, and disaster relief to build new capabilities to serve the nation and to develop economic opportunities through safe UAS operating practices.
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is a leader in unmanned aircraft systems as demonstrated through nationally recognized education and research, commercial and governmental partnerships, and commitment to delivering high quality training, outreach, and advocacy for the UAS industry. Visit http://ksu-uas.com to learn more about collaboration opportunities.
The Salina Airport Authority oversees the Salina Regional Airport and Salina Airport Industrial Center. The thriving airport industrial area was converted to civilian use in 1965 after the closing of Schilling Air Force Base. Over 100 Airport and Airport Industrial Center businesses and organizations generate over 6,450 total jobs. Salina Regional Airport offers commercial air service provided by United Airlines with jet service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Denver International Airport.
Saline County, Kansas, is a municipal corporation governed by an elected five-member commission. It was established in 1860 and has an approximate population of 55,691. The County is 721 square miles and is at the crossroads of I-70 and I-135.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems provides software for automatic detect-and-avoid for unmanned aircraft and for airspace safety and management. Based on exclusively-licensed NASA technology, the system integrates with multiple sensors to monitor air traffic and provides airspace managers and remote pilots with alerts, warnings and avoidance maneuvers. The company is currently a member of two of the FAA's Integration Pilot Program teams, supports multiple NASA flight test campaigns and participates in multiple BVLOS flight programs.
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