FAA clears flights for UAVs operated by Kansas college students

07/24/2009 | FoxNews.com

Students at Kansas State-Salina University are one step closer to test using an unmanned aircraft to scan for survivors of natural disasters such as fires, floods and tornadoes. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a certificate of authorization so the students in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program can guide their video-equipped Aerosonde over Crisis City, an emergency response training area near the campus. Eric Shappee, associate professor of aviation, said K-State-Salina is the only school in the country to offer a program with this technology.

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