September | 2021
Air tour makes stop at Salina
Fly KS Air Tour stops at Salina Regional Airport (Photo by Salina Airport Authority)
Tim Unruh
September 2021

An armada of small aircraft joined in the Fly Kansas Air Tour of nine airports Sept. 23 through 25, with overnight stops at Lawrence Municipal and Salina Regional Airport.
Jointly sponsored by the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education and the Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, the air tour aims to raise interest in aviation and celebrate Kansas as the “air capital of the world,” said Logan Falletti-Wright, program development manager for KDOT Aviation.
The first tour was in 1928, and was revived in 2008. It focuses on general aviation pilots who promote the industry to students and community members. A least 42 pilots and co-pilots registered this year, she said.
“We wouldn’t have pilots without general aviation,” Falletti-Wright said.
This year’s tour started Sept. 23 at Wellington Municipal Airport, then Fort Scott Municipal Airport, Allen County Airport in Iola and Lawrence Municipal.
First stop on Sept. 24 was Clay Center Municipal, followed by Phillipsburg Municipal and Salina Regional Airport.
Participants were given a tour at the Kansas State University Salina Aeronautical Technology Campus before dinner catered by Ya Ya’s Eurobistro at Homewood Suites by Hilton courtyard in downtown Salina.
On the morning of Sept. 25, following a pilot briefing in Hangar 600 at the airport, the tour left Salina.
The air excursion wrapped up with stops at Concordia Regional Airport and concluded at Beech Factory Airport in Wichita, with a tour of Textron Aviation.
State gains first aerospace and technology campus with rebranding of Salina campus
Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus will be rebranded to Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus to align with its mission of supporting the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. 
August 26, 2021

With a focus on national expansion, meeting the demands of the aerospace industry and a recognition of the niche mission of the campus, Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus is rebranding to be Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus.

"This change establishes the first aerospace and technology campus in Kansas and shows our Salina campus is ready to take on the accelerating needs of the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries," said Richard Myers, K-State president. "The Aerospace and Technology Campus will be a national leader in advanced aviation and aerospace training, education and engineering through research, innovation and instruction."

Since joining the Kansas State University system in 1991,the campus has housed the university's aviation and engineering technology programs. These are niche programs, separate from any programs offered on the other K-State campuses. The historical lineage of the campus — a two-year technical institution that merged with a public university — uniquely positions it to serve all career-entry points into the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

The Aerospace and Technology Campus will retain the College of Technology and Aviation, which includes three academic departments: aviation, integrated studies and unmanned aircraft systems. The campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as credit and non-credit technical and graduate-level certificates. It is also home to in-demand programs that assist employers with upskilling their current workforces.

Alysia Starkey, CEO and dean of the campus, says the new name better represents what the campus offers for prospective students, donors and community and industry partners, and is a better representation of the education received by alumni.

"We are very excited to influence the future of aerospace and technology," Starkey said. "We already offer world-renowned programs in the operational segment of aviation and look forward to expanding our offerings. Equally exciting is that the program expansions required to achieve this vision support the same business, engineering and technology workforce needs of the recent expansions in the advanced manufacturing sector in central Kansas."

"Since the closure of Schilling Air Force Base in 1967, the mission of the Kansas State University campus in Salina has been to maintain excellence in aviation and engineering," said state Sen. J.R. Claeys, Salina. "This rebranding enhances the campus's ability to support the growth of the Kansas economy. Some of the top employers in Kansas require highly skilled, educated professionals in the technologies that will drive innovation in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The median annual wage for these industry sectors is $104,312, benefiting economic development in Salina and across the state."

Aligning the campus brand and name has been a goal since 2017 when the campus, with help from community partners in Salina, launched its Global Aeronautics Initiative with the vision to establish an aerospace and technology campus.

Starkey said that the campus's focus on a hands-on and real-world approach to preparing students to be career-ready will remain the same.

"Our commitment to student success, personalized education and world-ready learning experiences is embedded in our institutional DNA," Starkey said. "Our students, alumni and industry partners have come to expect the quality experiences that the polytechnic teaching philosophy provides. This approach is at the heart of everything we do."

For more information, visit the Aerospace and Technology Campus website,
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