NICK WINGFIELD and SOMINI SENGUPTA of the New York Times just posted an article summarizing the current state of the commercial drone operation. It also summarizes another drone operator in the LA area shutdown by the LAPD.
"Daniel Gárate’s career came crashing to earth a few weeks ago. That’s when the Los Angeles Police Department warned local real estate agents not to hire photographers like Mr. Gárate, who was helping sell luxury property by using a drone to shoot sumptuous aerial movies. Flying drones for commercial purposes, the police said, violated federal aviation rules."