The Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) is led by the Kansas Department of Transportation. It is one of ten regional efforts conducting advanced UAS operations to yield sufficient data for rule-making that will result in access to new technologies for the nation. The Kansas team is focused on efforts in Long Line Linear Infrastructure Inspection (i.e. highways, railroads, energy distribution lines, etc) and Precision Agriculture. Ultimately this means that Kansas will:
Advance FAA initiatives to safely integrate Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace System through continued partnership.
Grow Kansas aviation leadership by fostering statewide innovation and growth.
Establish safe, smart processes and necessary infrastructure for continued industry development.
The IPP program is the result of a 2017 Presidential Memorandum issued to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). More than 2,800 interested parties submitted 149 applications.