Today June 21, 2016, the FAA announced an eagerly awaited set of operational rules for commercial drone operators. These new rules finally address some realities of drone operations, and hopefully pave the way for some commonsense regulations to follow. The official press release included a link to a summary of the regulations.
Overall these new regulations remove the barriers to entry, so anybody who hasn’t bought one yet will probably buy two of them by the end of the year. The new rules require a drone pilot license, which will be a new class of FAA certification. A second pair of eyes is no longer necessary but you must still maintain visual line of sight, although there is some gray language regarding “alternative methods” that will have to be worked out.