Alaska Aerial Media flies state’s first commercial drones

Drones are flying commercially for the first time in Alaska after with the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent approval.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Alaska Aerial Media is joining about 150 other companies to gain FAA approval in April.

Commercial drones were prohibited under federal law until reforms were passed in 2012.

Founder Ryan Marlow says drones can make an impact on education, public safety and recreation.