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Kansas is the first state in the nation to have a statewide, unmanned traffic management system (UTM) to help keep our skies safe! The UTM system will help you: file flight plans, stay up to date with current weather conditions, fly in legal airspace, and more! In addition to being available statewide to 138 airports and educational institutes across Kansas, Airmap also provides the service to all Kansas residents to promote safer skies for everyone.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program

The Kansas Department of Transportation has been selected as one of 10 participants to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at shaping the future of drones in America. The UAS Integration Pilot Program is an opportunity for state, local and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities, such as UAS operators or manufacturers, to accelerate safe UAS integration.

PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION: The proposal deploys UAS to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in rural communities. It seeks to leverage a statewide unmanned traffic management system to facilitate precision agriculture operations.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS: Operations will use a range of technologies, such as detect and avoid, ADS-B, satellite communications and geo-fencing. The program will use existing in-state resources such as fiber optic networks and UAS Traffic Management (UTM). The awardee has a robust community involvement plan that supports the diverse operations that are planned.

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KDOT Aviation in partnership with the UAS Joint Task Force will be exhibiting at the AUVSI Xponential 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado. Wichita State University, Kansas State University, Commerce, Agriculture, SCEDO and other JTF and economic development partners will help highlight national leadership in the industry and showcase Kansas UAS opportunities at the KDOT Aviation Anchor Booth. Please stop by Booth #4219 to learn more!

Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC)

Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC) will rollout to nearly 300 air traffic control facilities, representing 500 airports nationwide. Kansas was selected, in partnership with Airmap, to field the initial launch of the new technology that will allow UAS operators safer, and easier access to controlled Airspace. The rollout will affect several Kansas airports that include locations in Independence, Lawrence, Chanute, Liberal, Dodge City, and Hays. The division is currently working with Airmap to conduct outreach and education seminars with local airport stakeholders to promote awareness of the new FAA program.

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KDOT announces Kansas airport improvement projects

Topeka – Twenty-six airports have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program funding to repair or improve facilities and enhance air ambulance access.

The projects selected for this Kansas Department of Transportation program will receive a combined total of just over $4 million in fiscal year 2018. KAIP requires airport sponsors to share in the project costs by paying a minimum of five percent of the total project costs up to a maximum of 50 percent, depending on project category (such as modernization, equipment, design, and preservation). The combined total value of the approved projects is estimated at $4.45 million.

Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson selected the new KAIP projects to improve airports in the State of Kansas. "These projects will help us make critical air services available to more Kansans all across the state," said Secretary Carlson. "Improvements currently underway at rural airports will help ensure that 93 percent of our population has air ambulance access."

KAIP receives $5 million annually through the T-WORKS transportation program. KDOT's Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 123 applications for projects totaling $31.7 million.

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Kansas airport improvement projects