Kansas State Polytechnic Offers Drone Training on Night Flying, Data Imaging

This month, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, Salina, is rolling out a few new training options for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots.

UAS Data and Image Processing, running June 16-17, is a course focusing on how to collect still imagery with a small UAS for mapping and vegetation analysis. Attendees will participate in the planning, execution, and data collection and analysis of an actual mission during the course, as well as receive hands-on experience with Agisoft Photoscan, Pix4DMapper and ArcGIS software.

Available June 23 is the UAS Night Operations course, in which participants will learn how to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver for Part 107. Course content will cover the physiological effects associated with night flying, mission planning other considerations and more. Attendees will also receive hands-on night flight instruction with an S-1000 multi-rotor drone. The course can be added as a module to the sUAS Commercial Remote Pilot course offered June 19-23, or for those already certified, the night operations course may be taken separately, as well. (The university’s Applied Aviation Research Center has already been granted a waiver from the FAA to conduct UAS flights at night.)

In addition, Kansas State Polytechnic is releasing a UAS Business Development course on June 24. The one-day class will cover all aspects of business start-up or integration and provide specific guidance on UAS insurance considerations.

“The courses offered this summer further our objective of introducing UAS technology to the commercial market,” states Kurt Carraway, executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center. “The trainings, coupled with instruction from industry experts and hands-on application experience, provide UAS pilots with unmatched experience and skills.”


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