"We're from the government and we want to take your fun away." That's the message from the FAA to the beer distributor in Minnesota that used a drone to deliver beer to an ice fishing house.
Those Minnesotans must be a hardy bunch, not just because they fish on an ice covered lake, but because they drink cold beer while doing it. And with beer comes innovation. A brewer there came up with a way to get a pack of beer from the store to the ice fishers without having to actually do it by hand. Drones!
Now that's American ingenuity. Watch a video of the drone doing its thing at this youtube site.
Unfortunately, the feds shut them down. Apparently, there's a rule against using drones for commercial purposes, although commercial usage seems rather innocuous compared with what drones are used for by the government. One has to wonder whether if such a bureaucracy had been around when the Wright brothers' plane took flight they would have put a stop to that, too. It could crash, you know.