Members of law enforcement across the country were introduced to the practicality of unmanned aircraft systems by the team at the Center for Applied Aviation Research at the University’s Salina Aerospace and Technology campus. of Kansas State.
At the National Sheriffs’ Association annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, staff from the K-State Salina Applied Aviation Research Center were front and center, showcasing the latest in drone technology and explaining how the forces of order can better use technology in everyday situations.
“Being in front of hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country and being able to showcase the expertise of the K-State Salina UAS was a great opportunity,” said K-State Salina Air Operations Manager Spencer Schrader. UAS. “Leading discussions about safety, the latest technology, and information about our campus’ professional development program will lead to lifesaving measures that first responders can use in real-life emergencies.”
Schrader was one of the presenters for NSA Talks, an information session on “drones as a first responder” and special considerations for those in the public safety industry. Schrader has also participated in commercial small UAS remote pilot training exhibits, sponsored and judged the conference’s drone competition and exhibit, and provided the National Standards Institute’s “Bucket Challenge.” and technology for a drone contest where participants must maneuver a drone to be able to see and identify targets in each compartment.
While the conference was an opportunity for the Aviation Applied Research Center, K-State Salina’s Professional Training and Outreach team was able to showcase its professional development training program specific to public safety personnel during of the agreement.
“K-State Salina remains at the forefront of training in the public safety industry,” said Courtney Hoffman, associate director of K-State Salina Professional Education and Outreach. “Our year-round programs utilize the expertise of our Applied Aviation Research Center staff to provide ongoing training and education for law enforcement and public safety professionals. This is critical to provide safety and rescue techniques to law enforcement when using drones.”
Join other public safety professionals at the upcoming K-State Salina Campus Public Safety UAS Workshop, scheduled for October 5-6. Public safety officials will learn and train with UAS experts from K-State Salina during a day of UAS education, networking, and hands-on exploration. To register, go to salina.k-state.edu/research-training/applied-aviation-research-center/training/public-safety.