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June 2, 2017



UAS data imaging, night flight training options offered in June at Kansas State Polytechnic

By Kirsten Zoller

Kansas State Polytechnic is offering several new UAS training options in June. A 50 percent reduced rate is available for K-State employees for all courses.

UAS Data and Image Processing, June 16-17, is an introductory data processing course focusing on collecting quality still imagery with a sUAS for precision mapping and vegetation analysis. Attendees will learn about sensors, cameras, and other related technology to capture the best data. They will participate in the planning, execution, and data collection and analysis of an actual mission during the course. Hands on instruction on Agisoft Photoscan, Pix4DMapper, and ArcGIS software also will be included.

Also launching on June 23 is a course add-on to the popular Part 107 course focused on UAS night operations. Kansas State Polytechnic's Applied Aviation Research Center, or AARC, which houses the unmanned aircraft systems research program, received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct UAS flights at night. It was granted a special waiver because flying unmanned aircraft after the sun goes down is currently not permitted under the FAA's Part 107 rule — the regulatory framework for civil and commercial small UAS operations.

Attendees in the UAS night operations course will receive two hours of classroom instruction, focusing on unique physiological effects associated with night flying, mission planning considerations and more. Information also will  be presented on the process commercial operators need to follow to successfully receive their own waivers to fly under Part 107 at night. Following classroom instruction, attendees will receive one hour of hands-on night flight instruction using an S-1000 multirotor aircraft out in the field. This course on June 23 may be added as a module to the sUAS Commercial Remote Pilot course being offered June 19-23.

Finally, a new course on June 24 will focus on setting up UAS operations in new or existing businesses. This one-day course covers all aspects of business start-up or integration and provides specific guidance on UAS insurance considerations.

Registration closes June 12 for all courses. Please contact Kansas State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach with questions at 785-826-2633.