SALINA, Kan. - The director of Kansas State-Salina's unmanned aircraft program says the school can't graduate students fast enough to fill demand for their skills.
Josh Brungardt, director of the program, said Thursday that students learning to work with unmanned technology are getting hired before they graduate. They often are promised six-figure incomes by companies that contract with the U.S. military. Brungardt says the predator drones have uses outside of the military, such as in search and rescue or emergency response after a disaster.
In Kansas, the most likely use would be for emergency response following a tornado. And the Salina Journal reports the school was asked to use the drones to search for leaks in a levee system near Leavenworth after a recent flood, but the FAA denied the request.