Unmanned aircraft system demonstration to take place at the Salina Military Affairs Council luncheon

Salina, Kan., (July 11, 2012) - Kansas State University Salina is hosting the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council Quarterly Luncheon, Thursday, July 19, and plans to provide the public with a demonstration of their unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).


K-State Salina is one of the first two universities in the U.S. to offer a bachelor's degree in unmanned aircraft systems. Their program uses a hands-on approach for learning and attaining the skills needed to safely operate and manage a variety of UAS platforms. With close proximity to accessible restricted airspace, they have an ideal setting for learning to fly unmanned aircraft. In addition K-State Salina is also one of only a few universities with authorization to fly UAVs in the National Airspace System.


The mission of the K-State Salina Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (UASPO) is to facilitate and promote the safe incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System above Kansas and beyond. They use their experience operating within the National Airspace System and performing maintenance to establish operational guidelines, policies, and procedures and provide for operator training. They also work closely with private contractors, government, and government-affiliated agencies to ensure the safe realization of UAS operations in Kansas and beyond.


The Quarterly Luncheon is a public event and will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room in College Center on the K-Sate Salina campus, 2310 Centennial Rd. Cost to attend the luncheon is $10.00 per person, cash or check only at the door. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, to Rachel Hinde at rhinde@salinakansas.org or by calling 785-827-9310, ext. 129.