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KDOT Aviation staff (center) accept an EXCELLENCE Award at the recent Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International XPONENTIAL awards ceremony in Chicago. Pictured from KDOT are Lindsey Dreiling, Trever Linn and Bob Brock. Also pictured (left) are Kansas State University Polytechnic unmanned aircraft systems program faculty and staff. Kansas State Polytechnic was named the second-place winner in the Training and Education category.


May 8, 2019


For more information:
Lindsey Dreiling, 785-296-2553

KDOT Aviation wins national safety award

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation was named the second-place winner in the Operations & Safety Organization category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) for its UAS Safety Risk Management Program. Winners were announced at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL awards ceremony on April 30 in Chicago.

KDOT established an UAS safety risk management program to implement advanced UAS operations statewide for more than 25 industry partners as one of 10 national leaders of the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The program implements UAS Standard Operating Procedures, training and safety management system to promote aviation safety. KDOT’s program has been reviewed by the FAA and will continue to be used to meet complex UAS operation safety standards to further national UAS integration.

"We are honored to be recognized alongside national industry leaders in aviation safety and look forward to driving industry growth with fellow Xcellence award winners and IPP team members; Kansas State University, GBA, Fortem Technologies and the rest of the Kansas UAS Joint Task Force,” said Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation.

AUVSI’s XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry, including individuals and organizations with a commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations and developing programs.


About Kansas UAS IPP
KDOT is one of only 10 national leaders conducting advanced UAS operations to guide future rule-making that will result in access to new technologies for the nation. The IPP is the result of a 2017 Presidential Memorandum issued to the U.S. Department of Transportation.




This information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request.

For information about obtaining an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs,

700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Fl West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754 or phone 785-296-3585 (Voice)/Hearing Impaired – 711.

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