Beer Drones: White House is Petitioned to Overturn FAA’s DecisionBy: Erika Watts - January 31, 2014
Forget about the petition to deport Justin Bieber–a petition has been started on the White House’s We the People website to force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow beer drones. Finally, an important petition.
In case you haven’t heard, Lakemaid Beer–an enterprising brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin–had the brilliant idea to use beer drones to deliver cases of beer to fishermen in ice shacks. Obviously this idea had a ton of potential (just think about the possibility of running out of beer during the game and having more delivered right to your doorstep), but the FAA shot it down. Lakemaid managing partner Jack Supple said that he was informed his beer drones broke four or five regulations, so the plan is a no-go.
“We were a little surprised at the FAA interest in this since we thought we were operating under the 400-foot limit,” Supple said. Even though the FAA’s decision to stop his beer drones must sting, Supple does say he understands the decision. “I understand their concern,” Supple said. “Drones whizzing around piloted by any knucklehead is probably not the Jetsons future we all imagined.”
Sadly, there isn’t a future in beer drones anytime soon unless some people that are petitioning the White House to reverse the FAA’s decision have their way. The creator of the petition says that the FAA is hurting economic growth by disallowing beer drones. Check out the full statement in the petition below.
The FAA has recently revoked authorization for a struggling small business to deliver its product via Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. This innovative product-to-market technique allowed a small business to grow its brand and take advantage of a government-supported initiative to embrace UAV technology. The FAA has no standing to restrict the delivery of products by small businesses and choke economic growth.
The White House’s We the People website sees thousands of petitions, and if the beer drone petition manages to get at least 100,000 signatures within a certain time frame, the White House is supposed to issue a response. Even though the beer drone petition is off to a slow start with under 300 signatures at the time this article was written, one can hope that this will gain as much traction as the Death Star petition, which the White House issued a hilarious response to.
Check out Lakemaid’s video of what could have been with the beer drones had the FAA not intervened.
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