January 14, 2021

6 (Tied) | Georgia

Score: 59/100
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  • Airspace Lease Law: 10/30
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: 10/10
  • Avigation Easement Law: 25/25
  • Drone Task Force or Program Office: 10/20
  • Drone Jobs Estimate: 4/15

Factors Helping the State Score

  • Airspace Lease Law: Georgia law allows state authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above limited-access highways. Such a law allows state authorities to create drone highways above these roadways. However, the state did not receive full points because the law is silent as to whether officials can lease airspace above local roadways and state highways that are not limited access.
  • Law Vesting Air Rights with Landowners: Georgia 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: Georgia 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: Georgia gets partial points because the legislature produced a drone policy report.

Factors Hindering the State Score

  • Drone Jobs Estimate: Georgia has 7.4 drone-related jobs per 100,000 people, ranking it in the bottom half of states.

These factors make Georgia tied for the 6th most drone-friendly state in the country.