Newbie from Hawaii

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Hello all.  Doing the newbie thing and checking in.  I'm 43 and work Satellite Communications in the military and am stationed in Hawaii.  My experience with drones is mainly as a tool in my videography belt.  I like doing family adventure videos with GoPros and drone footage, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking.  I have been flying since the Original DJI phantom 2 off and on and have the Phantom 2, the Mavic Mini, and the Mavic Air 2.  I also have some mini drones like the tello and the mambo as well as some random cheap ones I've picked up along the way.  I am looking into my Part 107 license, I may be able to test for free so that would be nice.  Right now I've been on a minidrone kick I just ordered my second parrot mambo, this one with the PFV camera and have been reading up on FPV and DIY stuff.  I am overwhelmed by all the information, but at the same time I find that there isn't exactly the information I am ever looking for and that is what let me to this sight somehow.  One of my questions that brought me here is if recycling old cheap/inexpensive drones is possible, i.e. can I use a flight controller form a WLTOYS V262 UFO drone for a DIY project, does it even have a flight controller that isn't integrated and if so what about ESCs, etc...  I know that I don't know much about this stuff, but have a knack for learning and may find the answers I don't want to hear and will change direction quickly.  I'm also looking at getting some old parrot minidrones for cheap and play with programming and linux.  I have a background in rebuilding computers, limited knowledge of Linux/Ubuntu, a lot of knowledge on repairing electronics, but not on how they actually work.  A huge knowledge of communications and frequencies and severe ADHD that allows me to hyperfocus on something and learn it really well until I find boredom.  Hopefully I will find some good answers here and maybe even be able to contribute back some of my knowledge and experience as I learn.

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Hi @Ian Reekie,

Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! I bet you get to capture some incredible footage living in Hawaii! We do have threads for FPV drones, aerial photography, and aerial videography. Feel free to ask questions there and share any footage that you would like to share. 




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