I can’t remember how long I have been saying “I will start a new hobby this year” but it’s been, well, years!!
For fun, me and a couple of friends said we should get some little drones to learn to fly and fly together next time we meet up. So we jumped on Amazon, knowing flip all about drones and simply searched “drone”. The next day this tiny little drone turns up and I’m super excited to get going! I skimmed the instructions (not much point trying to read the terrible English…), plug it in, move the throttle up and down to bind, then flick the throttle straight up…launching it straight into the ceiling…Luckily the wife wasn’t around! It didn’t matter, I was hooked! Tiny, crappy toy but something I could get stuck into and try to master. It’s that challenge that appealed to me, particular as a programmer; human controlling a machine and to get a desired result.
But it’s so much more than that! A true art form. Being able to fly and command a device so powerful that could cause so much damage but taming it and creating insanely impressive footage at the end of it all.
Most importantly to me (and unexpectedly) is the community I’ve found myself part of. As anyone who is in this hobby or has looked into getting into the hobby knows, it’s expensive! I was looking for an AIO camera on my super cheap setup (that’s another story) when I came across Unmanned Tech shop. One of those chat windows popped up in the corner and I wanted to ask a question. I found I got really helpful feedback and discovered the Discord server. Now I’ve never met any of the people on there (fingers crossed for Sunday!) but they have been more helpful and happy to help than pretty much anyone I’ve met in my life. We all have the same end goal - great flight but there is no competition; everyone just wants to see each other be the best pilot they can be. That is a rare find and for that I am so grateful to be a part of this hobby.
Anyway, I’d love to open this thread up to hear how you got into the hobby and what you love about it?