Minnesota brewery Lakemaid got shutdown by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after it published a video on YouTube showing the company delivering cases of beer to ice fisherman. According to the FAA, using a drone for “commercial” purposes (like selling and delivering beer) is against the rules, unless the company has the FAA’s permission.
“The problem of ice anglers is they’re way, way out on the lake and they’re there for the whole weekend so we needed a way to keep them in beer,” Jack Supple, president of Lakemaid told NBC News.
FAA authorization to use drones for commercial purposes is almost impossible to get. Only one commercial company currently has a permit and that is to monitor rural Alaska.