June | 2020
Aviation Devotion Runs Deep to K-State's Dreiling
Tim Unruh
June 22, 2020

Flight means a lot to Lindsey Dreiling, whether it’s in the cockpit, or pushing industry advancements.

“That’s where my heart is. Aviation education is what I’ve always been passionate about,” she said.

As executive director of aviation strategy at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina, Dreiling, 35, is on the front lines of making things better in an more inclusive way.

“Lindsey is uniquely qualified to lead the implementation of the K-State Global Aeronautics Initiative,” said Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority.

“Achieving the goals of ‘The Initiative’ will keep K-State Aviation at the forefront of innovation in all aspects of manned and unmanned flight,” he said.

In her seventh year at K-State, and eight months into a second stint, Dreiling has served as a certified flight instructor, instrument and multi-engine instructor, and holds a small remote pilot certificate for Unmanned Aerial Systems.

She also has served as a ground school instructor, worked in administration, in the library and an aviation academic adviser.

K-State announced in May that Dreiling was appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, to serve on the DOT’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The 29-member board’s mission is strengthening the presence of women and girls in aviation.

Joining Dreiling on the board is Kate Fraser, a member of the K-State Poly class of 2009.

A native of Nemaha County north of Topeka near Wetmore, Dreiling grew up on a farm and still has some acreage there.

“It’s where all my family lives,” she said. “Crop-dusters, aerial applicators, are how I got interested in aviation. I always dreamt of being up in the sky.”

In between her time at K-State Poly, she worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation as deputy director for aviation and UAS and is still president of the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education.

“In all my career positions, through the transportation industry, I see (UAS) as a future,” Dreiling said. “I have a futuristic mindset and that all starts with education.”

Those involved are watching another evolution of aviation, she said, “how much it’s grown over the past few years and where it’s headed as well.”

Dreiling mentioned urban air mobility, or UAM.

“I call it the ecosystem of aviation, and how education and industry feed off of each other,” Dreiling said. “We focus on aviation education, workforce development and training.”
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We are all glad that the traffic has bounced back. For the month, we are averaging about 200 operations per day, and a few of those days we recorded over 400 ops. Most can be accredited to the return of K-State, but we are starting to see more general aviation and corporate traffic as well.

It has been nice being fully staffed over the last few months, but I expect to lose one controller very soon to a DOD position and another controller has requested a transfer to be closer to home.

On July 10 th , the FAA, AAAE and USCTA will be hosting a webinar to discuss procedures and future plans for FAA contract towers, ongoing federal budget challenges for contract towers, FCT staffing and hours of operation, and many more issues of critical importance. If anyone is interested, the link is available on the AAAE website.

Reminder, the RSAT meeting is July 27 th at 10:00am. Look forward to seeing everyone. 

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