January 14, 2021

13 (Tied) | Arizona

Score: 48/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 10/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 25/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 0/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 3/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Arizona law allows the director of the Arizona DOT to lease airspace and therefore create drone highways above state roads. However, the state did not receive full points because the law is silent as to whether local officials can lease airspace above local roads and property.
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Arizona law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights.
  • Avigation Easement Law: Arizona 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.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: State leaders should consider convening a statewide drone task force or creating a drone program office within the transportation department.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Arizona has 5.8 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Arizona tied for the 13th most drone-friendly state in the country.