Bob Brock, a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran, has been selected to be Kansas’ first Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Brock will oversee the establishment of policy and procedures for the operation of UAS, or drones, in Kansas. A news release from KDOT said Brock gained experience in UAS operations and training during his Air Force career.
In the news release, Brock said among his priorities will be protecting the privacy and public safety of Kansans as drones become part of our world.
“Our team will work very closely with the FAA, universities and aviation leaders to deliver systems that make Kansas safer, provide economic growth and also save time and money,” Brock said in the news release.
Brock will have offices at the KDOT headquarters in Topeka and at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina, which has a national ranked UAS program, according to the news release.