January 14, 2021

3 | Oklahoma

Score: 64/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 30/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 0/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 20/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 4/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Oklahoma law allows airspace leasing above local roads, state roads, and state property. This law allows state authorities to create drone highways above state and local roadways.
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Oklahoma law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights. Additionally, Oklahoma law also affirms the existence of “titles, estates, rights, and interests” in airspace and treats airspace as real property.
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: Oklahoma gets full points. In May 2020, a state law created a drone program office—t he Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program—within the Oklahoma DOT. Among other things, the program creates a 9-member advisory council that will make recommendations to the state transportation department about drone and electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Avigation Easement Law: Oklahoma 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 Jobs Estimate: Oklahoma has 7.3 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Oklahoma the 3rd most drone-friendly state in the country.