January 14, 2021

30 (Tied) | Oregon

Score: 32/100
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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: 2/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Oregon 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.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Oregon 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: Oregon 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.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Oregon has 4.9 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Oregon tied for the 30th most drone-friendly state in the country.