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Kansas State University Selected to Test UAS........

KStateLogoAs part of an effort to begin creating industry standards for certifying unmanned systems for commercial applications within the National Airspace System (NAS), the FAA has selected FSP client, Kansas State University, Salina,, to test certification stands for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).  K-State will use its own unmanned aircraft, those weighing 55 lbs. or less, to begin testing.  Test results will help establish standards to ascertain the airworthiness of small UAS.

This Agreement, the first of its kind between the FAA and a University, should help both the FAA and the unmanned systems industry to determine how standsards for small UAS should be developed.

Kurt Barnhart, Professor and Head of the Department of Aviation and Executive Director of K-State's Applied Aviation Research Center, says "This project is of national important in that this could well be the first small UAS to obtain an FAA airworthiness certificate for routine opertions in our national airspace system here in the lower 48".  Further, Barnhart said, "the airworthiness certificate will be most likely be developed as a "restricted" certification similar to those issued for agricultural aircraft, meaning that these vehicles would be restricted for operating above certain locations".

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager at K-State, Mark Blanks, commented "Successful certification of a small unmanned aircraft system using the F38 standards as a certification basis would be a giant step toward commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace system".

Flight Schedule Pro congratulates Kansas State University, Salina!




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