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Kansas State Polytechnic

Professional Education and Outreach
2310 Centennial Road
Outreach Center
Salina, KS 67401-8196

855-552-0079 toll free
785-826-2633 phone
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UAS Multi Rotor Hobby Course

This course will cover the basics of unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) flight, UAS flight safety, and FAA rules and regulations for the everyday hobbyist pilot. Attendees will receive instruction and active flight training during the course. Designed for new and current UAS hobbyist pilots, attendees will learn from experts at Kansas State Polytechnic to safely pilot their UAS. All experience levels are welcome. Attendees 14 and younger must have a parent or guardian attend with them.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of UAV flight
  • Adhere to FAA rules and regulations pertinent to hobby UASs
  • Apply safety practices during flight of hobby UASs

Flight instruction will take place in the newly constructed UAS Flight Pavilion at Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina, Kansas. Measuring 300-feet-long by 200-feet-wide and 50-feet-tall, the structure is one of the largest enclosed unmanned flight facilities in the nation. Learn more about the UAS Flight Pavilion here.

To learn more about Kansas State Polytechnic's Unmanned Aircraft Systems' program, including academics and research, please visit the department's website.


Date: The May 21 first course will not be held. Please check back soon for a fall date. 

Time: Classroom instruction will begin at 8:00 am and at 10:30 am with flight instruction to follow. Registrants will be assigned to a classroom instruction group and flight time upon registration. Total course instruction and flight time will be 3 hours.

Location: College Center and UAS Flight Pavilion, Kansas State Polytechnic campus, Salina, Kansas

Cost: $200

Registration fee includes course instruction and materials. Attendees will bring their personal UAV to use during the course. For a limited number of attendees, a Kansas State Polytechnic aircraft may be rented for use during the course. Additional fees apply. Please indicate your interest on renting an aircraft on the registration form.

Registration deadline: Friday, May 13 2016

Attendees should complete a Participation Waiver and bring with them during check-in.

For questions, please contact Professional Education and Outreach at profed@k-state.edu or call our toll free number at 855-552-0079.


If you are traveling east or west on I-70, stay on I-70 until the I-70/I135 interchange. Travel south on I-135 to the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the K-State Polytechnic campus. 

If you are traveling north or south on I-135, take the Magnolia St. exit (No. 90). Go west on Magnolia to Centennial Rd. Turn right and proceed to the K-State Polytechnic campus.

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If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, please contact the K-State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach office at 855-552-0079 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or email profed@k-state.edu.

About the Instructors

Kurt Carraway
Acting Executive Director


After serving 25 years with the United States Air Force, retired Col. Kurt Carraway is Kansas State Polytechnic's UAS flight operations manager. Carraway was previously stationed at Camp Smith in Oahu, Hawaii where he served first as joint operations director and then division chief of current operations, both for the U.S. Pacific Command. Carraway has worked with the Global Hawk, an unmanned vehicle, as a pilot and instructor, and later became commander of the Global Hawk squadron. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, a Master of Science in systems engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Travis Balthazor
UAS Pilot


Travis Balthazor, a Kansas State Polytechnic alumnus, joined the unmanned aircraft systems program in 2014 as a UAS pilot for the Applied Aviation Research Center. Previously, Balthazor was an advanced flight instructor for the university and worked on projects in the UAS lab during his free time. Balthazor holds a bachelor’s degree in airway science - professional pilot as well as a minor in aviation safety and an unmanned aircraft systems certificate.​