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Kansas UAS IPP Disaster Response


Know Before You Buy


Thinking about buying a drone this holiday season? Although drones are fun to fly, that toy you’re considering for purchase is actually classified as an aircraft by the FAA. There are important safety rules and tips you’ll need to follow.

Sending drones into potentially hazardous areas for an aerial perspective of damage after a natural disaster helps assures the safety of authorities and victims.  Save time, save money, save lives!


Kansas UAS IPP Search and Rescue


We are Aviation

Drone technology opens new doors for search and rescue efforts, aiding first responders in rapidly locating individuals in emergency situations. Save time, save money, save lives!

The Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation is committed to expanding opportunities for the use of unmanned aircraft systems in an effort to Save Time, Save Money, Save Lives.


KS UAS IPP Phase One


Kansas Takes Flight with AirMap

KDOT is proud to announce that it is partnering with AirMap to deploy an air traffic safety platform across the state.

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.


Matador Cattle Company exploring new terrain with drone technology - Koch Industries

The idea to use drones for ranching might at first seem out of place, but it’s consistent with Koch’s efforts to integrate new technologies into all facets of company business, from manufacturing assembly lines all the way down to ranching.



November 8, 2019 | KDOT

KDOT conducts first UAS flight without visual observers

November 8, 2019 | KDOT


September 16, 2019 | KDOT

KDOT leads airport inspections utilizing UAS

August 14, 2019 | KDOT  

Kansas approved for first Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone flight in the nation using only onboard detect and avoid


May 28, 2019 | KDOT

KDOT Aviation Director chosen for national committee

May 8, 2019 | KDOT

KDOT Aviation wins national safety award

May 1, 2019 | Avionics International 

One Year Later, Will the FAA’s Drone IPP Pave the Way for New Regulation?


March 22, 2019 | KDOT

KDOT hosts webinar on agriculture and drones

January 31, 2019 | KDOT

Public encouraged to take survey on statewide drone usage

November 28, 2018 | KDOT

Public invited to Kansas drone program update/forum

October 30, 2018KDOT

KDOT, Iris Automation begin test flights for the Integration Pilot Program  

August 14, 2018KDOT

First flight of Kansas UAS program set for Aug. 14    


July 20, 2018 | FAA

FAA Statement–Federal vs. Local Drone Authority

May 9, 2018 | FAA

U.S.Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program Selectees

May 9, 2018 | KDOT

KDOT announces selection to drone test program

November 2, 2017 | FAA

UAS Integration Pilot Program

October 25, 2017 | FAA

UAS Integration Pilot Program