The FAA shut down the beer delivering drone
Lakemaid, a Stevens Point, Wisconsin-based brewery, recently used a remote-controlled quadcopter drone to deliver a twelve-pack of their beer over the icy waters of Lake Waconia in Minnesota. The brewery was able to take the orders and deliver the beer to the fishermen. Unfortunately, the FAA wanted to stop this from happening.
The FAA has a rule that people cannot fly a drone for commercial purposes or above 400 feet in the United States. The brewery received a call from the FAA to shut down that operation. But that is not going to stop the brewery though.
“The model of UAV used for the video was a DJI F550,” stated Lakemaid president Jack Supple. “There was a little wind that day so it was laboring to lift the twelve pack. We had to lighten its load by some bottles to safely fly it. We were about to order a larger drone when the FAA called. So we’re waiting to see where this goes. Regulations come out in 2015 and we’ll be ready.”
Lakemaid also filed a petition on Whitehouse.gov to approve of the beer drones.