Request for Bids/Quotes

Thank you for your interest in the North Central Regional Planning Commission. Find the latest request for quotes below.

Department of Transportation SMART Project Implementation – Request for Quotation (RFQ) as Updated

UAS Pilot Training & FAA Certification

RFQ Number: 2024-Q10

Issuance Date: May 6, 2024

Closing Date: May 24, 2024

Contact Person: Debra Ohlde


The North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), 109 N. Mill St., Beloit, Kansas 67420, as recipient of a Department of Transportation SMART (Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation) Grant entitled Smart Counties in Kansas (Grant), seeks to arrange UAS pilot training for a minimum of eight (8) people in accordance with FAA rules and regulations. Those involved will be county-level officials responsible for using the drones to inspect and monitor local transportation infrastructure.

This project is funded by Federal grants and is therefore subject to rules and regulations attached herein as well as others which govern the program and are pertinent to 2 CFR 200.

Written quotations are due by Friday, May 24, 2024, where they will be publicly announced at 109 N. Mill St, Beloit, Kansas, and initially reviewed. Contractor selection will take place no later than Friday, May 31, 2024. The selected contractor must be able to provide the training in June 2024. Preference will be given to those offering in-person training in one gathering, but not to the exclusion of any contractor who can show how an on-line course can achieve the desired certification of those enrolled.

Scope of Services Requested


The NCRPC is working with four (4) separate counties, each of which is interested in acquiring two (2) drone systems which require the counties to have licensed UAS pilots on staff. Each county is thus seeking to qualify at least two (2) of its employees as UAS pilots. Some, but not all, counties may ask that more of their employees to be trained.

View the full RFQ Number: 2024-Q10 (PDF, 260 KB) by clicking the button below.

Supporting Documents

Project Narrative for SMART Grant Application – Smart Counties in Kansas (PDF, 183 KB)

View the NCRPC procurement policies.


If there are any addenda or answers to questions about the RFP, they will be added here.

Asked Questions – SMART Grant NCRPC Drone Pilot Training Project (PDF, 42 KB)

The following information concerns questions asked by vendors as they have read through the RFQ.

May 15, 2024

Question 1: The RFQ is focused on pilot licensing. Is there a need for actual flight training?
Answer 1: While the RFQ focus is on pilot licensing, if service organizations have the ability to provide pilot flight training they are welcome to show that as an option.