KDOT Seeks Input on Drone Use in Kansas Airspace


The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation is seeking public opinion on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Kansas airspace.

Individuals of all ages, occupations and backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the 10-question online survey, available here until Feb. 28.

Through the survey, KDOT hopes to gain a better understanding of the public’s familiarity and opinion on drone-use scenarios to drive operations for Kansas’ role in the federal UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The Kansas team is focused on efforts in linear infrastructure inspection (e.g., highways, railroads and energy distribution lines) and precision agriculture.

KDOT is currently conducting UAS test flights in the airspace north of Gypsum and over partner right-of-way infrastructure and partner-owned land. These operations will support a phase-two safety case that will include operations beyond the visual line of sight.

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