June 27, 2022

2 (Tied) | Arkansas

Score: 70/100
  • Brent Skorup

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  • Airspace Lease Law: 30/30 
  • Avigation Easement Law: 25/25 
  • Task Force or Program Office: 0/20 
  • Law Vesting Landowners with Air Rights: 10/10 
  • Sandbox: 0/10
  • Jobs Estimate: 5/5

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Arkansas law allows public authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above state and local roads. Such a law allows state or local officials to create drone highways above these roadways. 
  • Avigation Easement Law: Arkansas law creates an avigation easement, which means drone operators are protected from nuisance and trespass laws as long as their drones do not disturb people on the ground.
  • Law Vesting Landowners with Air Rights: Arkansas law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights.
  • Jobs Estimate: Arkansas is in the top quintile when it comes to the number of drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, receiving five out of five points.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Task Force or Program Office: State leaders should consider convening a statewide drone task force or creating a commercial drone program office within the transportation department.
  • Sandbox: Arkansas does not have a drone sandbox. State officials should consider dedicating state facilities and airspace to commercial drone testing and should have a prominent, open invitation for drone companies to test their hardware and services.

These factors make Arkansas tied (with North Dakota) for the 2nd most drone-friendly state in the country.