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Access to aircraft limited at K-State at Salina

By Roger Steinbrock


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A card-access system limits who has access to the ramp area where planes are stored and parked.


Long before the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on America, Kansas State University at Salina's aviation department had implemented a number of measures to improve security and access to the college's 40 aircraft used in flight training.

"We constantly try to improve the process," said Dennis Kuhlman, dean of the College of Technology and Aviation. "As the college's enrollment continues to grow, it is important to address and modify procedures to ensure our operation is secure and creates a safe environment."

One measure added last spring, a card-access system, further limits access to the ramp area where planes are parked and stored.

Along with other security measures and plane checkout procedures, Kuhlman sees no changes to the system in the near future.

"It is important to stay ahead of the curve," Kuhlman said. "While the attack on America has brought attention and scrutiny to flight schools, it is important to realize procedures have been in place for a long time."

But it's also important to review procedures to make sure they are doing what they were intended to do, Kuhlman added.

"At K-State Salina, we strive to create an academic environment that not only allows students to succeed but excel, which includes operating in a safe environment. We will continue to adjust our system as needed, but at the present time our checkpoints and requirements are working well."

Winter 2002