January 14, 2021

4 | Nevada

Score: 63/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 0/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 25/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 20/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 8/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Nevada law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators because landowners know the extent of their property rights.
  • Avigation Easement Law: Nevada law creates an avigation easement, which means drone operators are protected from nuisance and trespass laws as long as their drones do not disturb people on the ground.
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: Within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the state created a drone program office—t he Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems—which leads the commercial drone industry through business relations and collaboration with research institutions and develops state drone policy.
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Nevada has 15.6 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the top half of states.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Nevada 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.

These factors make Nevada the 4th most drone-friendly state in the country.