Kansas Department of Transportation deploys first statewide UTM initiative in the United States
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is partnering with AirMap, Inc. to deploy the first statewide Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) initiative in the United States.
Kansas will implement an “airport notification and awareness system for drones,” using AirMap’s UTM technology, providing airports across the state with access to the airspace management system.
Airports that participate in the initiative will be able to accept digital flight notices, communicate with UAS operators, and prepare for UTM milestones that are coming down the pipeline, such as authorization for commercial UAS flights and automating airspace notification.
For Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, this initiative shows how committed the state of Kansas is to the UAS industry.
“Strong leaders set the pace, and we’re proud to see the rapid growth of Kansas UAS advance to a national level,” Colyer says.
“This initiative continues a proud tradition of leadership and excellence in aviation.”
Richard Carlson, Secretary of Transportation, adds, “this partnership will support a strong foundation for air traffic safety in Kansas. Together, we will foster an environment that allows unmanned systems to contribute to the state economy.”
Airports in the state of Kansas won’t be the only entities who have access to this technology; state agencies and higher education institutions in Kansas will also have access to the AirMap platform as well. Training will be offered to support local UAS operations, as well as provide safety-critical information.
According to KDOT, aviation activity accounts for more than $20 billion in economic impact for the state of Kansas, and more than 73% of the world’s general aviation fleet is manufactured in the state as well.
Kansas is also home to more than 700 aerospace and aviation companies as well.