January 14, 2021

34 (Tied) | Alaska

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

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: Alaska gets partial points because it had a temporary drone task force. In 2014, the state legislature established a legislative drone task force, which met periodically. For a full score, the state needs an active drone task force or a program office within the state transportation department.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Alaska scores well on drone jobs, leading the country with 44 per 100,000 people.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Alaska 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.
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Alaska 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: Alaska 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 p people on the ground.

These factors make Alaska tied for the 34th most drone-friendly state in the country.