January 14, 2021

26 (Tied) | Hawaii

Score: 35/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 0/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 25/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 0/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 0/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Hawaii 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: Hawaii 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

  • Airspace Lease Law: Hawaii law does not allow public authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above public roads and public property. Such a law would allow state or local authorities to create drone highways above roadways.
  • 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: Hawaii has zero drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Hawaii tied for the 26th most drone-friendly state in the country.