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FAA halts plans for drone beer deliveries to ice fishers

CHASKA, Minn., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A brewery said plans for aerial drone beer deliveries for Minnesota ice fishing houses are on hold after running afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Jack Supple, president of Lakemaid Beer, came up with the plan for using a six-bladed unmanned craft to deliver 12 pack of beer to ice fishing houses and created a YouTube video depicting a test run on Lake Waconia in Carver County, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday.

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The video quickly went viral.

"Our Facebook page went wild because our fans loved the idea," Supple said.

However, Supple said he soon received some bad news from the FAA, which sent him an email explaining commercial use of drones is not yet permitted.

"Our concern is the safety of people on the ground and the safety of people in the air," FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Coryn said.

Supple said he understands the safety concerns of drone use are still being studied by the government.

"I see what they're talking about. When you think of all of the people who are going to come up with ways to use these, the regulation of it is going to be important, so they're learning as fast as we are," Supple said.

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