Beer buzz? FAA grounds plan to deliver 12-packs by drone

  • Article by: Pam Louwagie , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2014 - 1:27 PM

The idea seemed ingenious: Delivering 12-packs of beer to the cold, windswept surfaces of popular ice fishing lakes — using a drone.

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drfranktJan. 30, 14 6:44 PM

Once again, the federal government killing small business regulations blocking their progress and ideas! What a fantastic idea!!!!

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WaterBunkerJan. 30, 14 6:49 PM

The federal government has no ability to be logical. What problem could the FAA expect if the flight level was below 500 feet? The answer is none.

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pence14Jan. 30, 14 7:04 PM

Blowing a wedding party to smithereens in Pakistan no problemo. Delivering beer to dehydrated ice fisherman in Minnesota, absolutely not.

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ericgus55Jan. 30, 14 7:24 PM

Out of curiosity, how would they check ID on a drone-delivered 12-pack of beer?

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jarlmnJan. 30, 14 7:34 PM

The FAA being a kill-joy on this novel and inventive idea notwithstanding, there needs to be a LOT of debate and deliberation about drone technology before we go off willy-nilly. Not the least of the questions that need to be answered is over the question of spy drones of various types in domestic use.

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kevin514Jan. 30, 14 7:57 PM

Once again government regulations getting in the way of American business.

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minnexyzJan. 30, 14 8:10 PM

Just watched the video and it's obviously fake, there is no way that drone could lift a 12 pack of beer.

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greatxJan. 30, 14 8:10 PM

More hops and government regulation to jump through. I thought O'bama wanted to help small business owners?

The business should have just done it!

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IHATELOGINS0Jan. 30, 14 8:12 PM

As long as we can still shoot them down when they get too close, trespass, or fly out of control i have no problem with them.

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greatxJan. 30, 14 8:13 PM

"The FAA being a kill-joy on this novel and inventive idea notwithstanding, there needs to be a LOT of debate and deliberation about drone technology before we go off willy-nilly."

From what I have read, drones are legal, just need to stay under 400 ft (HAAT, height above average terrain) and line-of-sight w/ the aircraft.

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