FAA Shuts Down Beer-Delivery Drone

Timothy Hill
By Timothy Hill | February 5, 2014 | 10:53 AM EST

In an age of governments shutting down lemonade stands, the men at Lakemaid Brewery should have seen this coming.

Instead of little girls being targeted, though, grown adults are the target.

According to the story, the FAA found out that the Lakemaid Brewery was having ice fishermen order beer from their little sheds. Then, upon receipt of payment and proper coordinates, a remote controlled robotic quadcopter would deliver the goods moments later. No word on whether the drone checks the customers' IDs, though.

The Federal Aviation Administration found out about this beer-delivery drone program and shut it down because its rules forbid drones to be flown either for commercial purposes or above 400 feet.

Now, Lakemaid has a new strategy brewing. It decided to draft and post a petition to "Force the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Certificate for Beer Drones (BUAV's)." The FAA, it says, has no standing to "choke economic growth."

So, even when grounded, the brewery is remaining stout.

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