FAA says no to drone beer delivery
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
A Minnesota beer maker wants drones to help anglers remotely replenish their stocks of beer, but the government is saying no.
The Federal Aviation Administration informed Lakemaid Beer that it currently prohibits small businesses from using drones shortly after the beer maker posted video of a test run on Lake Waconia last week.
Inspired by Amazon, Lakemaid had been testing a drone delivery system for 12-packs of beer on ice fishing lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin where the beer is produced, Lakemaid President Jack Supple said in a news release.
Another test was set for Lake Mille Lacs and the Twin Pines resort before the FAA stepped in. The beer maker’s video went viral and now has more than 100,000 views.
Amazon grabbed the country’s attention late last year after announcing it was exploring ways to deliver packages with drones, and wants to deliver some packages within minutes of the orders being placed.