Kansas Department of Transportation will announce the new Kansas Aviation Portal at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kansas State University Salina Welcome Center, Room 122.
The portal aims to educate about all facets of aviation, including economic effects, system plans and pavement conditions of runways, taxiways and aprons at every Kansas airport, said Jesse Romo, KDOT aviation director.
The new portal was being tested Wednesday, he said. It’s hailed as an improvement to the nation’s first Airspace Awareness Tool, released by KDOT in 2011, to increase the awareness of airspace around Kansas airports.
“With the click of a mouse, you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know about airports in Kansas,” Romo said.
Airspace, for example, reaches out beyond an airport, he said.
Someone wanting to put a wind turbine or some other tower on their farm, for example, will be able to go to the portal to see if their plans impede airspace.
Until now, all of the date was available, but in multiple locations, Romo said, and it’s “difficult to navigate.”
“How important is the airport to my community?” he said. “This portal will show you.”