Beer-delivering drone grounded by FAA after viral YouTube video

If you’re out on the ice, staring down at a hole and waiting for a nibble, a cold one could really hit the spot.

Knowing the marriage of fishing and beer is simply spot-on (and understanding the problem ice fishermen face of having to go on long walks for beer runs), Wisconsin-based brewer Lakemaid had the perfect solution – beer drones.

According to CNN on Friday, the company was testing a new drone delivery system on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, airlifting frosty cases of beer to fishermen holed up in shacks. The delivery system was a great success, until the Federal Aviation Agency caught eye of a viral YouTube video advertising the service.

According to Lakemaid – whose motto is “Great Fishermen Need Great Beer” – the FAA contacted them after seeing the video and advised Lakemaid that it is illegal to operate a drone for commercial use, and will be until at least 2015, when the FAA is expected to roll out a set of rules governing the commercial use of drones. … (Read more)




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