The state of Kansas has named its very first director of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): Bob Brock, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Brock, who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel, will oversee the establishment of policy and procedures for the operation of UAS in the state. He will maintain offices at the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) headquarters in Topeka and at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina (which has a UAS program).
“Our team will work very closely with the FAA, universities and aviation leaders to deliver systems that make Kansas safer, provide economic growth, and also save time and money,” comments Brock.
“Bob has extraordinary experience with UAS and will play a pivotal role in helping develop our program in Kansas,” says Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King. “Under his guidance, the state will become a national leader in the industry.”
According to Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research and executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center on the Polytechnic Campus, Brock’s having an office at the university will allow both Kansas State and KDOT to “work together more easily to help advance the industry statewide and bring lasting economic benefit to Kansas.”