Arkansas Drone Laws
State Rules and Regulations
Federal airspace laws take precedence over state drone laws. If a state or local law directly conflicts with FAA regulations, the state or local law is likely to be invalidated.
Arkansas defines “drones” as “unmanned aircraft systems.” Arkansas’ definition of an “unmanned aircraft system” is very broad, covering any “unmanned, powered aircraft that:
“Unmanned aircraft system” does not include:
“Critical infrastructure” means:
(A) An electrical power generation or delivery system;
(B) A petroleum refinery;
(C) A chemical or rubber manufacturing facility; or
(D) A petroleum or chemical storage facility;
(E) A railroad operating facility; or
(F) A communication tower or facility;
(G) A food processing or manufacturing facility; or
(H) A correctional or detention facility
A person commits the offense of unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft system if he or she knowingly uses an unmanned aircraft system to conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record critical infrastructure without the prior written consent of the owner of the critical infrastructure.
Unlawful use of an unmanned aircraft system is a class B misdemeanor. Second or subsequent offenses are a Class A misdemeanor.
5-16-102. - Voyeurism
5-16-101. - Crime of video voyeurism
Using a drone to spy or video someone without their consent is a punishable crime.