From DroneLife.com’s Andrew Amato:
If you are only going to read the first paragraph of this post, here is the tl;dr: If everyone went out tomorrow and flew their own drones, with the exception of broken drones littering the street, the world would look the same. The FAA’s policy (not law) for privately operated drones, which is essentially the equivalent of a toddler play whack-a-mole, could not be enforced on such a large scale.
The commercial drone industry is the Hydra to the FAA’s Hercules.
They can’t even enforce it today. Trying to shut down all UAS operations as they pop up is as futile as it is short-sighted. To truly regulate the commercial drone space the FAA should stop worrying about the heads and stab the beast in the heart. (I know thats not how Hercules defeated the Hydra, its a metaphor.)
The FAA is supposed to have regulations for the commercial drone space by 2015. Anyone who is even slightly related to the drone industry can tell you that is not going to happen, but its not unrealistic; Australia is making huge strides in their effort to regulation domestic drones.
Jim Williams of the FAA said recently it may be possible to expedite regulations for the use of drones within specific industries (ie agriculture or film). An expedited Notice for Proposed Rule Making, even if it were to apply to a fraction of the current domestic drone community, would be a step in the right direction and serve to de-villify the FAA in the eyes of Americans itching to fly. But, there is no real indication anything concrete is actually being done to that end.