In what could easily go down as the most unpatriotic move of 2014, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has effectively ruined the greatest possible use for drone aircrafts - beer delivery. Jack Supple, president of Lakemaid Beer and all around saint of a man, was put on the FAA’s black list this week for distributing beer to lonely, cold, sober ice fishermen in Minnesota via drone aircraft. Supple filmed a short, declarative commercial for his new service, which quickly gained popularity on YouTube. Unfortunately, the feds also saw this advertisement and felt the need to literally be as much of a buzz kill as possible.
Use of drones for commercial purposes is currently prohibited in the U.S. This seems like a reasonable stance for the FAA to take, seeing as how this technology is largely untested in areas with large buildings and crowds of people in metropolitan areas. But come on, we're talking about beer delivery here. BEER DELIVERY! And it’s being delivered in a frozen tundra to ice fishermen! It’s the most American thing we’ve ever heard of! Supple should be given awards for his genius, not persecuted by our government.
The real losers here, of course, are the ice fishermen. How else are they going to get their beer? Have you ever been ice fishing? It’s exhilarating and all, but they could be out there for a very long time. On the bright side, at least the federal government is consistent in its decision making on the topic of drone technology. After all, we wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt.