Thanks to you Alan and Bruno for your posts.
Can you or anyone point me to an area of the site or provide a link where I can find a basic design overview, with an outline of the components required for the building of a drone structurally and electronically. I would like to start trying to understand what those components are, how they work together and a schematic or wiring diagram of how to connect everything. I love to build balsa and ply airplanes with carbon fiber for strength. I've restored some old Tube style radios so I know something about electronics and soldering. Some things I've seen while reading is that some drones will auto level using a gyro and hover when your return the sticks to the center position. I also saw something that sounded like they fly back to their original starting location if they lose the connection with the transmitter which seems amazing but maybe I'm not correct on that.
I understand ESC's, brush-less motors, receivers and lipo batteries enough to build a fixed wing electric powered plane but like Bruno said the Drone doesn't have servos and so something has to control the ESC's and translate stick movement to flying. Bruno sent me a link to a Flight control board with an external programmer that mentions the auto level and gyro but I can't imagine that is all I need?? How does the camera control work if you have a 3 pivot gimbals? Does anyone put a directional mic and speaker on their drone for audio?? Have you ever heard of someone making a drone that hovers and can transition to a kind of fixed wing flight by rotating the props 90 degrees like a harrier transitions its power from vertical to horizontal propulsion. I know I'm getting way ahead of myself but these are things I am wondering.
I just ordered the RealFlight Drone simulator to start working on my pilot skills in the meantime. I"m seeing DJI phantom 3 drones all over for $400 for the basic package. I really would like to use my Futaba 8J radio and receivers rather than whatever the package includes so is there a way to buy these drones but utilize your own radio and receiver? I can't afford the FPV goggles but would like to use my iPhone 6 or my iPad Air 2 for FPV if possible.
Thanks in advance,