Arkansas | 2023 State Drone Commerce Scorecard

Arkansas ranks first in its readiness for commercial drone services

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Arkansas placed first in the 2023 State Drone Commerce Scorecard rankings. The state scored 90 out of 100 possible points in how prepared it is for commercial drone services.

The Six Factors Contributing to the Overall Score

A Score in Gray Indicates a Score Below the Median of All States

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Airspace Lease Law
Arkansas law allows public authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above state and local roads, which allows state or local officials to create drone highways above these roadways.

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Avigation Easement Law
Arkansas 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.

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Task Force or Program Office
Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Council on Future Mobility in 2022. The council advises the governor and state officials on drones and other issues related to emerging technologies in transportation.

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Arkansas does not have a drone sandbox. State officials should consider dedicating state facilities and airspace to commercial drone testing.

10 / 10

Law Vesting Landowners with Air Rights
Arkansas law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators.

5 / 5

Jobs Estimate
Arkansas is in the top quintile when it comes to the number of drone-related jobs per 100,000 people..

How Arkansas Scored Relative to Its Peers

Commercial drone readiness scores vary across the nation. To give state leaders and residents insight into how their state compares, we have provided the scores of four state peers. In this case, these peers are selected because of their geographic and political similarities.

Chart showing how Arkansas scored relative to its peers

Arkansas scored 90 of out 100 possible points, the most of any state.

Chart showing how Arkansas scored relative to its peers

Get in Touch With the Author

Brent Skorup regularly briefs policymakers on his research and has appeared as a guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia.

Dive Deeper

Access the full 2023 report to learn more about the methodology, download the data, and see how the scorecard has changed since last year.