KDOT Partners with AirMap to Deploy Statewide Drone UTM Initiative

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently partnered with AirMap to deploy a statewide Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) initiative—the first of its kind in the U.S.

Using AirMap’s UTM technology, Kansas plans to implement an airport notification awareness system for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), according to a news release. The system will be available to airports throughout Kansas. The airports will be able to accept digital flight notices and to communicate with drone operators.

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“This partnership will support a strong foundation for air traffic safety in Kansas,” said Richard Carlson, Secretary of Transportation, according to the release. “Together, we will foster an environment that allows unmanned systems to contribute to the state economy.”

Kansas airports, state agencies, and higher education institutions will receive access to the AirMap platform. Training will be offered to local drone operators.