Mark Blanks, U.A.S. program manager at KSU-Salina, says, “For our students it’s a huge potential if you’re now talking about package delivery. That’s a huge potential for operators, for jobs to go out and fly packages for different people. It’s like being a cargo pilot. You might be sitting in one room doing it.”
SALINA, KS (KCTV) -As Amazon reveals that they are looking to deliver packages via drones, company officials can look to K-State’s Salina campus for inspiration.
The drones, or octocopters, can carry up to five pounds over 10 miles and drop a package at your front door. Amazon will have to work with the Federal Aviation Authority, which K-State Salina is already doing.
“K-State Salina is probably the leading edge institution at looking at the application for this,” said Mark Blanks, the university’s unmanned aircraft systems program manager. “We work with the FAA to determine airworthiness.”
Kansas’ rolling plains in rural areas provides great testing sites. Read more
Tom Karcz, assistant aviation professor at Kansas State University Salina, recreates the landing of the Dream Lifter jumbo jet that accidentally landed at the wrong airport.
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In recent months, articles on “drones,” properly termed as unmanned aircraft, are popping up in the media everywhere as a “revolutionary” new tool for producers, agronomists, seed distributors and others to use in their daily operations.
The stereotypical view of unmanned aircraft systems as weapons of war in foreign theaters is rapidly evolving into a new image of these systems as civilian tools for facilitating everything from improving yield estimation to locating lost hikers.
However, many in the agricultural community are still skeptical of the true utility of these aircraft in routine operations – and perhaps rightfully so.
One difficulty in explaining the utility of unmanned aircraft is that they can range from the size of a baseball to a commercial airliner.
Brooke Roman, senior in professional pilot at Kansas State University Salina, is currently serving an internship with Southwest Airlines. Roman is shown at K-State Salina
An internship with Southwest Airlines is helping a Kansas State University aviation student put what she learned in the classroom to good use.
Brooke Roman, senior in professional pilot from Nixa, Mo., has been serving a four-month internship with Southwest Airlines at its headquarters in Dallas since Sept. 9. Her duties include working with the airline’s electronic flight bag — or EFB — team in its trial phase of transitioning pilots from using paper charts to electronic charts on iPads. Roman’s job is reviewing the surveys the pilots participating in the trial complete after each flight. She then passes on their feedback to her managers, who use the information to make any adjustments needed before the airline proceeds with full electronic flight bag deployment.
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SALINA – Kansas State University Salina’s 2013-2014 Flight Team has become the first in university history to win the SAFECON VI regional. This year’s event was Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Stillwater, Okla.
At the event, student teams participated in flight and ground events that tested their abilities in all aspects of flight. Overall, K-State Salina’s Flight Team members earned 26 top-20 finishes, 13 top-five finishes and two first-place finishes. A team member earned the Top Pilot Award and the team placed first overall in ground events and second in flight events.
Team captain is Bert Hutchinson, senior in professional pilot, Wichita. Trevor Henson, junior in airport management, Dunlap, Ill., is the team coach. Tom Karcz, assistant professor of aviation, is the team’s faculty adviser.
“I am very proud of what the team was able to accomplish at regionals this year,” Karcz said. “We, as a team, have taken third and second places within the past years, so to place first is great for the students. We hope to build on this momentum for nationals.”
The K-State Salina Flight Team now will compete at the national SAFECON competition, My 12-16, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Read more
SALINA — A public meeting at Kansas State University Salina will address the status of the environmental contamination cleanup at the former Schilling Air Force Base.
The meeting will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at College Center. The campus is at 2310 Centennial Road. Parking is available south of College Center.
The meeting will include representatives from the city of Salina, Salina Airport Authority, USD 305, K-State Salina, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Dragun Corp. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will discuss its role in this investigation, and Dragun Corp. will provide details on the upcoming environmental investigation work and the long-term objectives of the investigation and remediation efforts.
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Associated Press created an article that highlights the demand for professional helicopter pilots.
Kansas State University Salina takes pride in being one of the few university flight training programs to offer rotary wing flight training through a partnership with industry leader, Universal Helicopters.
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SALINA — Hydraulic fracturing in Kansas will be the topic of Kansas State University Salina’s Civic Luncheon Lecture at noon Thursday, Nov. 14, in the College Center Conference Room.
Rex Buchman, interim director of Kansas Geological Survey, will present “Hydraulic Fracturing in Kansas: The Process and the Challenges.” The lecture will be an informative, fact-filled presentation on an important current energy topic, explaining the current oil activity in Kansas and talking about the hydraulic fracturing process and challenges raised. Read more.
SALINA – With the fall semester in full swing, the pressures of mid-term exams and the cost of flight hours can be overwhelming. But with the support of the Connor Burton Aviation fund, selected students can worry less about financial concerns and focus more on their academic success.
The Connor Burton Aviation Foundation awarded three scholarships to students in Kansas State University Salina’s professional pilot program, making them the fifth group of students to receive this valuable award.
The students were awarded $10,000 scholarships, which are split between their junior and senior years, to help pay for flying time or books and tuition and enabling them to earn their flight certificates more quickly. The recipients are Patrick McElligott, Junction City; Benjamin Taylor, Wichita; and Shane Richardson, Albuquerque, N.M. Read more