As a pilot, I really do not want to see a drone flying up where I am flying and potentially cause an emergency situation. The FAA just release a report of 25 near collision situations and 150 other sightings of drones from manner aircraft since June.
What I would like to see is a some sort of informational course that can explain to drone operators that, no, the air above them does not belong to them. They need to be cautious and safe when operating their craft. 400 feet is not a randomly chosen number. All manned planes must operate at or above 500 feet as prescribed by the FAA, so that rule is keeping a 100 foot separation. (Helicopters may operate lower if without hazard to persons or property on the surface) Around airports where the pilots attentions is already focused on the task of landing or taking off, a small DJI Phantom that is hard to spot is not something that a pilot should have to be worrying about.
I am all for drones and keeping the ability to use them open and easily available. But there must be some form of education in place to teach operators that the air above them is a shared environment and safe and knowledgeable operation is critical. It is probably silly for the FAA to make it a full certificate to operate a Phantom, but something as simple as a online information course that gives you a certificate for completion would make great strides in safety for all who operate in the sky. For your safety and the pilots who fly above you, keep those drones below 400 and for Gods sake keep them away from airports!
That's what I want to see. I just want drone operators to know what is going on above them. If there is simple a basic course to keep drones out of used air space that would be very beneficial.
Private will take 45-60 hours and about 10 grand. There are lesser licenses such as the sport pilot which take 20 hours.