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Industry and business leaders gathered in Wichita Thursday for a summit on unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones.

Kansas hopes to be an industry leader in the emerging field of drones, building on its reputation as home to the air capital of the world and the state's technology-driven agricultural sector.

Civic leaders in Wichita are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community's linchpin aviation companies to a competitor.