K-State Offers Scholarships for First Responder sUAS Training


Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is offering $500 scholarships to first responders interested in attending the school’s small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) Part 107 training course in 2019.

According to K-State, the available scholarships reduce the overall course cost by 50% and still cover the fee for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written exam at the completion of the course. The sUAS Commercial Remote Pilot Training includes three days of instruction and the FAA exam, with course topics including airspace, meteorology, weather, UAS performance, loading and center of gravity, and Part 107 instruction. The scholarships are available to law enforcement, fire and emergency management organizations.

“Approximately 35 percent of the attendees of this training come from the public safety arena. We do not want cost to become a barrier to providing access of this lifesaving technology into the hands of our first responders and emergency managers,” says Kurt J. Carraway, UAS research executive director of Kansas State Polytechnic’s Applied Aviation Research Center. “K-State has offered this training since the inception of the FAA regulations for commercial UAS operations. We will continue to develop new courses, with an eye on further development of public safety relationships to help promote safe operations in our airspace.”

Kansas State Polytechnic launched its initial first responder-specific programming this year with a UAS Law Enforcement Training course, a four-day flight training program that was developed in conjunction with law enforcement officials. A fire equivalent is planned to launch in 2019. Kansas State Polytechnic also hosted the drone-focused First Responder Symposium in 2018 to provide networking and learning opportunities for the first responder community. The second symposium will be in mid-2019.

More information on the scholarships can be found here.

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