KDOT granted authorization to run drone airport inspections

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 9:55 AM CDT
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The Kansas Dept. of Transportation has a new way to inspect airports efficiently.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave KDOT authorization to conduct test airport inspections with unmanned drones. Their tests will begin Monday at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita.

“This FAA approval will significantly improve airport efficiency and safety,” said KDOT Director of Aviation Bob Brock. “We look forward to expanding Kansas airport inspection capabilities across the state and developing new capabilities to drive industry growth.”

KDOT plans to run missions for obstruction analysis, foreign object detection, wildlife hazard management, and airfield emergency response. They are also allowed to run night operations.

Along with improving airport safety and security, KDOT's tests will provide data to the FAA that will help in making rules that will give the country access to new technology.

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