Oklahoma | 2023 State Drone Scorecard

Oklahoma ranks second in its readiness for commercial drone services

Rank: 2

Oklahoma ranked in second place in the 2023 State Drone Commerce Scorecard rankings. The state scored 74 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
Oklahoma law allows public authorities to lease low-altitude airspace above local roads, state roads, and state property,  which allows state or local officials to create drone highways above these areas.

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Avigation Easement Law
Oklahoma 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.

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Task Force or Program Office
State lawmakers created a drone program office—the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program—within the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in May 2020. The program office makes recommendations about drone and electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft. 

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Oklahoma’s Choctaw Nation has a program that offers airspace access to drone companies, is affiliated with the state transportation department, and has a prominent, open invitation to drone companies to test their services.

10 / 10

Law Vesting Landowners with Air Rights
Oklahoma law expressly provides air rights to landowners, which reduces litigation risk for drone operators.  The law also affirms the existence of “titles, estates, rights and interests” in airspace independent of the connection to the property owner of the land. 

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

How Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma scored relative to its peers

Oklahoma scored 74 of out 100 possible points. The top ranked state in 2023 was Arkansas, which scored 90 points.

Chart showing how Oklahoma scored relative to its peers

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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.