Lakemaid Beer began using drones for delivering beer to fishermen out on the ice this winter, and everyone loved the concept. Everyone except for the FAA. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) found out about Lakemaid’s practices, and cited its disapproval, deeming the deliveries illegal.
The Minnesota-based company is receiving a flood of support and condolences after the FAA ruled that its beer delivery drone, which had only recently taken flight, had to be shut down according to NPR
“We were a little surprised at the FAA interest in this since we thought we were operating under the 400-foot limit,” Supple says via email. He adds that the beer-makers “figured a vast frozen lake was a lot safer place than [what] Amazon was showing on 60 Minutes.”.
If you’re interested in supporting Lakemaid Beer, or seeing the latest on their battle with the FAA, visit their Facebook page. No matter what happens, we’ll pop a cold one in honor of their unique creativity!