UAS - Flight Ops
A Program of Firsts
Kansas State Polytechnic has a reputation in the UAS industry as a leader and innovator. In the past year alone, our drone program was awarded a series of firsts with the FAA: the first entity in the nation to receive statewide flying access; a member of the first FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems; and the first entity in the country approved for commercial flight training.
Hands-on Flight Training
To become a proficient, responsible and highly sought after UAS pilot, your flight training cannot occur online or come from a textbook. In our UAS program, students log flight hours by piloting a diverse fleet of unmanned aircraft through our structured multirotor and fixed-wing training courses. After completion, students act as an instructor in the entry-level flight classes.
Setting the Industry Standard
Kansas State Polytechnic’s UAS program has been selected to contribute to numerous research projects that set the standard in rules and regulations, applications and technology within the industry. As a student, you have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professors for entities like the Bureau of Land Management, the FAA and Westar Energy in which your input will influence the future of UAS integration into the National Airspace.
One-of-a-kind Flight Facility
Kansas State Polytechnic has pioneered how a flight facility should function for unmanned aircraft. Roughly the size of a football field, the UAS Pavilion, as it is called, is contained but not completely closed off to outdoor elements. Constructed of fabricated netting panels on all sides and across the top, the facility does not block GPS signals and allows flight missions to be conducted in various weather conditions.