TOPEKA — A Pittsburg native has been named interim director of aviation for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Robert Brock is no stranger to flying objects. Originally from Pittsburg, Brock served 22 years in the United States Air Force where he served as an instructor pilot and flight safety officer. Brock also gained experience working with unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, which led him to working with KDOT.

In July 2016, Brock was named KDOT’s first UAS director. Under his direction he division introduced the first statewide unmanned traffic management to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. He also serves as chairman of the Kansas UAS Joint Task Force.

As interim director of aviation, Brock will represent Kansas on the Transportation Research Board and the Federal Aviation Administration Drone Advisory Committee-Task Group Three. He will also oversee the Kansas Airport Improvement Program, Unmanned Systems Program, and Science, Technology and Aviation Resource program.

“I look forward to my continued service to KDOT and the State of Kansas,” Brock said in a release. “We will continue to work with legislators, stakeholders and communities to increase aviation safety and promote the growth of the aviation industry in Kansas.”

Robert Brock is the son of Names and Numbers Founder Ken Brock.