Unmanned Aircraft Task Force Now in Place in Kansas

A task force has been established in Kansas to identify ways in which state agencies can incorporate drones into their operations, according to an announcement from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

The unmanned aircraft systems task force will also examine what the state government needs to do to make the use of drones conducive to private-sector needs. The group plans to meet quarterly.

Named to the task force are Josh Roe, assistant secretary of agriculture; Billy Brown, agribusiness development coordinator for the department of agriculture; Matt Keith, director of research for the department of commerce; Chris Tymeson, chief counsel for the department of wildlife, parks and tourism; Frank Papish, assistant director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation; and Ron Seitz, chief of KDOT’s division of engineering and design.

“We want to explore the sharing of ideas utilizing commercial applications of drones to improve efficiencies of state operations, such as using drones for bridge inspections, and also private-sector applications,” says Richard Carlson, interim Kansas transportation secretary.


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