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Source: Bill Gross, 785-532-2970, bgross@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009

K-STATE AT SALINA, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SPONSORING FREE SAFETY PRESENTATION OCT. 1

SALINA -- Kansas State University is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team, known as FAASTeam, to sponsor a presentation about the aviation safety program at K-State at Salina.

The program, which is free and open to all pilots, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the College Center's conference room. Seating for the event is limited. Those wishing to participate can register by going to http://www.faasafety.gov and then click on the "Events" link in the upper right corner.

"Aviation Safety Program at K-State: How the Marshall Field ground-controlled approach radar service at Fort Riley and direct user access terminal system can help you" will include discussion of the new Marshall Field ground-controlled approach radar services, how to use the new direct user access terminal system, and the operation of K-State at Salina's unmanned aerial system in national air space around the Kansas National Guard's Great Plains Joint Training Center's Crisis City near Salina.

Speakers include Ralph Millard, tower chief at Fort Riley's Marshall Field; David Chaffee, U.S. Army developmental test command direct user access terminal system marketing director; Kurt Barnhart, head of the department of aviation at K-State at Salina; and Eric Shapee, assistant professor of aviation at K-State at Salina.

The following course credits are available for the FAA's pilot proficiency/ aviation maintenance technology programs, or WINGS/AMT: Knowledge Elective Basic 0.50, Knowledge Elective Master 0.50, and Knowledge Elective Advanced 0.50.

All pilots are welcome to attend the free event.

Participants can fly into the Salina Municipal Airport; pilots should contact Bill Gross at 785-826-2970 or bgross@k-state.edu if they wish to park on the K-State ramp at the airport.