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Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
2310 Centennial Rd.
Salina, KS 67401

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight and Operations

As the unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones, industry continues to break new ground, Kansas State Polytechnic is at the forefront of this revolution. We understand the importance of providing students with research opportunities, cutting edge technology and equipment, and an exclusive education. That's why we built one of the largest enclosed UAS flight facilities in the nation and are continually recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why our program?

To become a proficient, responsible and highly sought after drone pilot, your flight training cannot occur online or come solely from a textbook. In our UAS program, students log flight hours by piloting a diverse fleet of unmanned aircraft through our structured multirotor and fixed-wing training courses. After completion, students act as instructors in entry-level flight classes.

Our UAS program has been selected to contribute to numerous research projects that set the standard for rules and regulations in the industry. As a student, you have the opportunity to work side-by-side with and learn from professors and professionals with industry experience. These projects will also put you in connection with representatives from industry employers, helping you develop your network for internships and jobs.

We have a reputation as a leader and innovator in the UAS industry, evidenced by a series of firsts with the FAA: the first university to offer beyond visual line of sight training to students, the first entity in the nation to receive statewide flying access, a member of the first FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and the first entity in the country approved for commercial flight training.

When you enroll in UAS flight and operations at K-State Polytechnic, you're aligning yourself with an elite program of innovative education and industry-recognized experts. Become an unmanned pilot and make your mark on the drone industry.

Why K-State Polytechnic?

More than 87% of K-State Polytechnic students receive financial aid. Last year, we distributed more than $3.6 million in scholarships to K-State Polytechnic students alone.

K-State Polytechnic is centered around the student experience emphasizing innovative learning, real-world experiences and industry connections. Our student to faculty ratio is 14:1 – meaning our faculty are focused on each individual student. We are a tight-knit family with a small college feel and the resources of a Big 12 university.

Annual Assessment Reports

The following annual assessment reports are an intentional and targeted look at student learning each academic year. 

2018-19 Annual Report

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Find information on K-State's policy for UAS activity on campus.