Kansas eager to jump into the unmanned aircraft industry

By Molly McMillin The Wichita Eagle

Jimmy Prouty, owner of Hangar 18, designs and builds small, unmanned aircraft systems for the agricultural industry in his spare time from his basement in northwest Wichita.

And once the Federal Aviation Administration establishes regulations governing the small aircraft, Prouty is poised to grow quickly.

He may open a production facility and a store.

“This is going to explode once it finally happens,” Prouty said.

Roger Powers, president and CEO of sister companies Flint Hills Solutions and Fat Head Solutions, agrees.

The two Augusta-based companies offer unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) products, equipment and services.