There is no way the FAA is ultimately going to require a pilot's license just to fly a Phantom-like quad in any established final regulations.
how did you get your exemption. Is it because you have a company, a pilots license, know how to fill out the paperwork... or all threeWe don't know what the FAA is going to require in the future. The new SUAS rules are just proposed rules right now. And, the FAA has not indicated when those rules will be approved.
There is no safety class in the proposed rules for SUAS. I realize you're just going through some thoughts in your head -- but, you really don't have to since the rules I'm talking about were publicly posted on the FAA's website. Head over there if you want the actual scoop.
Pilots who have a current airman certificate are at greater danger than those who are only going to have the proposed SUAS certificate. The FAA can revoke a manned aircraft airman certificate at anytime. Yep, even for doing something stupid with a little remote controlled Phantom.
(I'm speaking from experience. I have an exemption.)