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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones 136

Posted by samzenpus
from the you're-grounded dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "Just as soon as the Minnesota-based Lakemaid Beer company excited everyone by delivering beer to ice fisherman with drones, the Federal Aviation Administration ruined their fun by demanding that they cease operations. But Lakemaid isn't the only company that's been harassed by the agency. Since 2012, the agency has sent official notices to 13 companies for the commercial use of drones."
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 06, 2014 @07:33PM (#46180795)

    Government tells YOU what you can do.

  • by Nightbrood (6060) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @07:46PM (#46180945)

    Sorry guys... your PR heavy "response" isn't going to cut it. We, the COMMUNITY, are the one's that provide you with content and allow you to earn a living from our debates all in exchange for simple access to a site that we can use and like. Your Beta site has broken the implicit contract you had between your community and the business. In the end you are responsible for all hell breaking loose and people rioting in the comment threads. We are trying to provide you the opportunity to correct this situation but you seem to have received crisis response training from the Apple people who came up with "you're holding it wrong." Only you can fix Slashdot. If the community has to fix it, then the solution will be a new home. The clock is ticking.


  • by FooAtWFU (699187) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @07:55PM (#46181063) Homepage
    You can't take the sky from me.
  • by Nutria (679911) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @09:30PM (#46181943)

    On average four or five ice fishing deaths occur in North America every winter, usually the result of a combination of thin ice, too much booze and not enough brains.

    Too many people expend too much effort saving such few people.

  • It's NOT a drone! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gavron (1300111) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @10:39PM (#46182497)

    The hexacopter is great, but it's a radio-controlled device. You can do first-person-view (FPV) stuff with it but it's still 100% controlled by a human. That's not a drone.

    WAIT, BEFORE YOU SAY "WHO CARES", RC helicopters up to 400ft are not regulated by the FAA. That means the FAA lacks authority to do so. The beer thing is a fun gag. HOAX if you prefer. The hexacopter can lift almost 4lbs, and a six-pack weighs 4.5lbs. It wasn't real. The GPS coordinates... also not real. It's a gag. A gimmick. An advertisement for some future product. Didn't happen.

    The point of this is.
    1. The FAA has no authority over RC stuff.
    2. Drone/UAS means there's nobody controlling it. That's not the case here.
    3. A six pack of beer is a great thing, but it's too heavy for even a hexacopter.

    helicopter pilot (the real kind, 1 R44, and about 7 electrical RC and 1 nitro methane RC :)

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