January 14, 2021

32 | Connecticut

Score: 28/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 10/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 0/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 0/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 10/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 8/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Connecticut law allows local authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above local roads. Such a law allows authorities to create drone highways above local roadways. However, the state did not receive full points because the law is silent as to whether state officials can lease airspace above state roads and state property.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Connecticut has 16.8 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the top half of states.
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: Connecticut gets partial points because the legislature produced a drone policy report.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Connecticut 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: Connecticut 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.

These factors make Connecticut the 32nd most drone-friendly state in the country.