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Wisconsin brewer has drone delivery system grounded by FAA

Lakemaid beer delivery by drone (Photo from YouTube).
Lakemaid beer delivery by drone (Photo from YouTube).

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - The idea of using drones to help deliver beer to ice fishing shanties has been shot down by the federal government.  

Lakemaid Beer of Stevens Point came up with the idea of letting thirsty anglers order 12-packs to an unmanned aircraft using GPS coordinates. The company would have then used its GPS receiver to identify the customers' locations, and deliver the beer.  

Lakemaid president Jack Supple tested the idea on Lake Waconia in Minnesota. He then posted a video on his company's Facebook page.

That's where the FAA caught wind of the idea and shot it down. The government says the commercial use of unmanned drones is not permitted.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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