Kansas DOT Using Drones for Airport Inspections

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test flights at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT).

Planned inspection missions include obstruction analysis, foreign object detection, wildlife hazard management and airfield emergency response. KDOT received its FAA authorization through a partnership with the Wichita Airport Authority, Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and George Butler Associates (GBA). The...

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