In news that could only come out of Australia (okay, maybe Florida as well), a group of dedicated friends has together constructed a home-made drone with enough power to lift a deckchair with a full-grown male holding a fishing rod, for reasons unbeknownst to most (though which could get them into a legal pickle.)
The three friends noted a distinct lack of human-carrying drones on the market, and decided it was time to do something about that. Especially as there are so many yummy fish out there in the water that simply can’t be had without dropping a line in from above at a 90 degree to the waterline. The solution? Build a huge fan that’ll lift a bloke (and a beer) to fishing nirvana.
The man in question is Sam Foreman, a fisherman from Kyneton in Victoria, and, while Sam may be able to boast a delicious seafood dinner, it may turn out to be more expensive than he first bargained–the list of laws pertaining to the use of drones in Australia is exhaustive, and if getting a snag delivered to your backyard hot tub from Bunnings is a no-no, as one man found out last year, we would assume that any argument in defence of a flying chair would have Buckley’s of standing up in court.
Either way, it’s great to see such modern and technologically advanced evidence that that irreverent larrikin spirit that we Australians all hold so dear is still, quite literally, flying high.