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December 2015
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Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT)

In November the Salina Airport Authority Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit conducted training for its staff as well as structural units from Salina, Great Bend and Hays Fire Departments.

Appearing much like an aircraft fuselage, the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer (MAFT) provides an opportunity for Airport Rescue Fire Fighters to "train as they'll fight" on their own turf and with their own equipment. The operation of the MAFT is coordinated by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

The trainer can simulate engine fires, flammable liquid spills, a fully engulfed interior cabin, and wheel brake fires realistically and safely, as the trainers have complete control over the flames during exercises.

"The FAA requires mandatory live fire training once a year," Salina Airport Authority's Manager of Operations David Sorell said. "Firefighters have to experience a real fire with real flames."
Training with the MAFT allows ARFF personnel to train with their equipment and standard operating procedures. By training at home, ARFF personnel can train with off-airport mutual aid fire departments and together learn the procedures and techniques needed to save lives when an aircraft accident/incident occurs. The firefighting will occur with specialized ARFF trucks as well as hoses and trucks used in structural fires.

The unit is designed and constructed to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Advisory Circular 150/5220-17, Design Standards for an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Facility. The Fire Fighter training is conducted as outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-17, Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139.319 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1003, Standard for Airport Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

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From the XD's Desk: K-State Polytechnic Leads in UAS Training

K-State's UAS program has achieved another historic milestone in becoming the nation's first, FAA approved UAS flight training program. For over 50 years K-State Polytechnic has been a national leader in training professional fixed wing and helicopter pilots. Now the college can offer students and industry a complete range of manned and unmanned aircraft training opportunities.

Congratulations to K-State Polytechnic staff, faculty and students for achieving the distinction of becoming the premier institution for manned and unmanned aircraft flight training.

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Salina Airport Authority
Salina Regional Airport & Airport Industrial Center

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Kansas State University's Polytechnic campus receives nation's first approval for unmanned commercial flight training

SALINA - Kansas State University's  polytechnic campus  has set a new precedent in the  unmanned aircraft systems  industry, becoming the first entity in the United States to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to provide UAS commercial flight training to both students and outside companies.

The authorization, which is referred to as a Section 333 exemption, allows Kansas State Polytechnic to create and conduct an extensive flight training program for unmanned aircraft operations. Previously, motion picture and television filming and aerial data collection have been given permission for commercial UAS operations; however, the approval has been limited to only training internally and in these two mission-specific areas alone. Kansas State Polytechnic's authorization is open to students both internal and external and is not restricted to any one particular application.

Candy Canes and Airplanes!
More than 1000 children of all ages were on hand to greet Santa as he flew into the Salina Regional Airport for his annual welcome party, Candy Canes and Airplanes.

K-State Polytechnic student organizations, SeaPort Airlines, The Salina Airport Authority and the Kansas National Guard acted as Santa's helpers providing crafts and aircraft tours for all those attending the event.

Available Properties

Feature Facility
The Salina Airport Authority has available for lease, a 12,000 sq. ft. office and shop facility located in the Salina Airport Industrial Center. Located near corporate neighbors that include the Schwan Food Company and easy access to several of Salina's larger employers including Salina Vortex, Eldorado National and GeoProbe Systems.

Commonly known as Bldg. 313, this well maintained facility features large windows providing natural daylight throughout and is move in ready.

Call the Salina Airport Authority at 785-827-3914 to schedule a tour or check it out online at

Flight instruction and aircraft rental
The Salina Airport Authority is excited to announce that Schilling Aviation Services, 2010 Rogers Ct. now offers flight instruction and aircraft rental.
For additional information, please contact Bob Pahls, Schilling Aviation Services (785) 404-6025.

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