January 14, 2021

34 (Tied) | Louisiana

Score: 25/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 10/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • 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: Louisiana law allows local authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above local roads. Such a law allows local authorities to create drone highways above these 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.
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Louisiana law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Avigation Easement Law: Louisiana 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: Louisiana has 9.2 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

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