January 14, 2021

26 (Tied) | New Hampshire

Score: 35/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 30/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 0/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 0/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 0/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 5/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: New Hampshire law allows state and local authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above state and local roads. Such a law allows state and local authorities to create drone highways above state and local roadways.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: New Hampshire has 10.8 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the top half of states.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: New Hampshire law does not expressly provide air rights to landowners, which raises litigation risk for drone operators because landowners do not know the extent of their property rights and may sue to protect their interests.
  • Avigation Easement Law: New Hampshire law does not create an avigation easement, which means drone operators may be subject to nuisance and trespass laws, even if their drones do not disturb people on the ground.
  • 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.

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