Drone beer delivery hopes rise – then crash
By Joseph Lindberg
jlindberg@pioneerpress.com

For a brief moment Friday, the skies over the United States appeared to be clear for online retailers, beer makers and journalists to fly drones.

Then they weren’t.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration’s only fine against a commercial drone user was dismissed, a move that undermined the agency’s ability to keep commercially operated drones from the sky.

By midday Friday, the FAA issued a notice that it was appealing the decision to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The move, “which has the effect of staying the decision until the Board rules,” was made because the FAA “is concerned that this decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety of people and property on the ground,” the agency said in a statement.

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