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Aloft Hobbies is very proud to introduce you to the FrSky Taranis Plus (X9D Plus)!
How does the Plus differ from the normal Taranis? The Plus versions has everything the normal Taranis includes plus a higher quality, better contrast LCD display with blue or white backlighting, and haptic feedback built in. You still get the great new sliders, the big low self discharge battery, and all of the other great things you have come to expect from FrSky.
If you could design your own transmitter, what would you include? That is exactly what FrSky asked their customers. The result is the Taranis! FrSky has succeeded in introducing a transmitter at an entry level price that outperforms many of the best name brand systems on the market. You may worry that the quality has been cut to keep prices down. Compromising quality for the sake of price is not the FrSky way. FrSky may lack a fancy ad campaign and huge marketing budget, but they do not skimp on the hardware!
The most important aspect for any transmitter is maintaining a rock solid connection with the receiver. FrSky is well known for the frequency hopping ACCST technology taking advantage of the entire 2.4GHz band resulting in excellent range and reliability. FrSky knows many things can affect the connection between Transmitter and receiver so RSSI (receiver signal strength indication) is incorporated into all telemetry receivers. The Taranis transmitter is continually monitoring the reception quality at the aircraft. Taranis will alert the pilot before signal quality becomes critical. This saves planes and makes the hobby much safer!
In addition to RSSI, Taranis has other safety features. Receiver Lock allows you to lock a specific model in the transmitter to one and only one receiver. No more flying (crashing) with the wrong program selected. Taranis has three different types of Failsafe. 1 - Hold last known commands, 2- Goto a programmed state (cut throttle, flaps down, etc. 3- No output. (Triggers flight controllers with "go home" feature.) The RSSI feature means you probably won't ever use the failsafe. Voice Alerts Just like having a copilot, the transmitter will give you voice alerts on speaker or through the headphone jack. Count down timers, low voltage warnings, landing gear down, thermal mode entered, etc. can all be set up with human recorded voice of your creation, or sound packages shared online from other hobbyists
The open-source software for the Taranis has been developed by hobbyist’s in the R/C community. The programmers of the transmitter’s firmware and companion software which runs on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh are very receptive to input and requests from users. There are no limitations based on marketing decisions. If you can think of it, chances are the Taranis is capable of doing it. With 60 model memories, tons of mixes, 9 flight modes, sequencing, servo speed, programmed delay all kinds of triggers, and the ability to assign any channel to anything, it is hard to come up with something this radio can't do. With this level of complexity, you would think the programming would be a real nightmare, but thanks to the forward thinking of the open source community, we can set up and test our programs on our favorite computer (PC, Mac or Ubuntu), it even features a handy set up wizard that will take care of most of the work! But they also made it easy to share programs freely via the USB port, or micro SD card on the back of the Taranis.
Are you heavily invested in another RF system? No worries, the Taranis actually has a normal JR style module on the back that will accept modules for other transmitting protocols. In the model setup you simply tell the system if you are using the external module, and it shuts down the internal FrSky module. Now you can use your Futaba, Spektrum, JR, Aisin, and other receivers if you have a transmitter module that fits in a JR style module bay. Our UHF friends, can pass 12 volts directly to a UHF module, eliminating dangling wires and extra battery packs.
FrSky has taken the hobby to a whole new level as they have evolved the transmitter to be more than a steering wheel. This is something truly special!
It's no wonder people have been excited about this new transmitter. This hobby has never seen a more reliable and more affordable radio. FrSky has an excellent reputation for building high quality, highly reliable telemetry systems. The Taranis takes everything they have learned and pushes it to the next level!
The Combo comes with the following items:
Download the Taranis Quick Start Guide HERE.
Check out this great video series! Gets you up and running faster with your new Taranis! (Click Here)
If you are buying or bought a Taranis, we ask that you please make a donation to the Opensource firmware developers. Just click here to go to their paypal donation page. Thank you.
couldn't decide if I should purchase this radio or wait for the Horus. Once I heard the Horus was several months out yet I decided to just get the Taranis. I don't regret it one bit. this thing is so capable. I'm not even sure what the Horus can bring to the table. I love this radio.
Just arrived today. Took about an hour of fiddling to get my model setup and another half to get the vario and Lipo meter set up. Watch a few of the vids and just dive in. Not hard to get the hang of. Took it out to the hill and did a few hand tosses to ensure nothing was too far off and then chucked the glider into the wind. Very nice feel to the radio. Do not be discouraged by Internet reports that opentx is hard to learn.....pretty darn easy. Best radio at this price I have ever seen. With a little trying it can be set to do anything.
This is a great piece of hardware running open source OpenTX firmware. New features are constantly added via software.
This transmitter has SIX!! 3 position switches, one switch that's two position, and a momentary two position switch (returns to off when you let it go), two pot knobs up top, and two paddle sliders on the sides. All knobs and pots are all adjustable and configurable for most any function you want. You can have a switch go directly to a servo channel, have a switch adjust the rate of another servo channel (dual rates, or really tri-rates), and all kinds of other good stuff.
The JR module slot in the back means I can optionally hop over to DSMX or EzUHF with a quick module plug in. USB connectivity to computer means easy interfacing with simulators.
Currently I'm still learning it, but I already have one of the knobs linked to my volume control and a 3pos overriding my throttle. If the 3pos is up or down, throttle servo output is locked to -100 (no spin). If the 3pos is in the middle, the throttle stick is fully in control.
I am blown away by what this radio can do, the support available , reasonable price, and Aloft service and products. Only had it 2 weeks and it has added a whole new dimension to my flying. Absolutely outstanding. 5 stars isn't enough to express my satisfaction with this purchase.
I’ve been using my Taranis Plus for a couple of months and I’ve got to say it is pretty impressive.
My first experience with FrSky was upgrading my Futaba C9 Super with a FrSky DFT telemetry module and some FrSky D8R-II Plus receivers. The integrated FrSky telemetry implementation is so well done and clean. That worked out really well and from that positive experience I started looking at OpenTX and the Taranis Plus. Back then my main flight system was a Futaba 12FG that I think originally cost around $1,200 new.
I was really impressed with the power of OpenTX, but I was having a hard time with the idea of going from a $1,200 Futaba 12FG system to a $205 Taranis and wondering if the hardware quality would measure up to my Futaba equipment that I am accustomed to. That said, the Futaba 12FG is not a perfect example of a radio system because it is known for having potentiometer and cable connector problems.
When my Aloft Hobbies Taranis Plus arrived, I was pleased with how it looked and felt in my hands. Being a tinkerer I did upgrade the stick gimbals with the Aloft Hobbies alloy crossbars, Futaba HD springs and strengthened the tension adjusters for the heavier springs. The gimbals now feel and work just as nice as my 12FG. From the outside view of the Taranis quality, I would say that it is somewhere between my Futaba 9C Super and my 12FG.
Learning OpenTX was not very difficult because it arrives with a default aircraft programed, great support through documentation, training videos and RC Groups forums. Once you understand the flow of the OpenTX programing the power and flexibly are incredible. Many things are more logical than my 12FG. The OpenTX development team has even adopted one of my feature suggestions and it will be included in a future release soon. That was really impressive!
My experience with Wayne and the Aloft Hobbies team has been really excellent and Aloft would be the only company I could recommend as a FrSky supplier because I know firsthand they have super support.
This system is fantastic. All the guys in our club waited patiently while I bought mine to see if would be the sad guinea pig with the crappy radio. No one could believe the features for that price. Now they wish they had gotten one as well!.The telemetry features are excellent, and affordable, and overall the Tx is so feature packed that you could spend hours fine tuning a program (or just playing with the custom sounds :)).That was one thing I found surprising, so many people said that they were difficult to learn to program. Truth is, a simple plane, wing, quad or heli is very easy to set up with the wizard. The real fun is when you dip into the pages and pages of customizable features. I really like the custom voice applications, since for me so many switches can be confusing in the heat of the moment, I have programmed voice wavs for each switch activation so that I know I hit the right one. (high rate, med rate, lo rate, etc)
Let me say that I read all the reviews before I purchased from aloft. Well I'm very pleased with the service. I sent a few emails which were immediately responded to. Next morning on a Friday I purchased the taranis with case, they shipped it 2 hours later. Paid for the cheapest shipping. I received by Thursday the following week. I live one the east coast, so that was fast. Inspected the package and case. All is there and in mint condition. Powered up and works great. Now just waiting for my modular from overseas. Thank you Wayne for your rapid responses to my emails. Excellent service.
Aloff shipped it quick and after reading the online info and watching the vedios it became very easy to work the system.
I would tell any body to buy this system over any of the other systems on the market today, it is a great radio. If you need extra receivers or any other parts for this Taranis+ see Aloff Hobbies first they have the best prices ant where on the internet and the includes e-bay.
Thanks Aloff Hobbies!!!!
Aloft Hobbies sent off the item quickly and it arrived at my doorstep in the UK 8 days later... Couldn't be happier with the transmitter and Aloft Hobbies service. Thank you so much!
THE NEW TARANIS PLUS IS A GR8 RADIO. THE BUILD QUALITY IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH THE MORE EXPENSIVE RADIOS BUT HALF THE COST. THE GIMBALS ARE SUPER SMOOTH. AND THE PROGRAMMING CAPABILITIES ARE ALMOST ENDLESS. WITH A LITTLE BIT OF STUDYING AND ASKING AROUND I FOUND THIS RADIO IS PRETTY EASY TO USE ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND THE BASICS. THIS IS MUST HAVE FOR ANY FPV PILOT OR R/C ENTHUSIAST WHO JUST WANTS MORE FROM WHAT THE OTHER RADIOS OFFER. ALOFT PROVIDED QUICK ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIIONS AND FAST SHIPPING.
very happy with the new Taranis + .had the first edition of the old Taranis with some errors that I had to repair (sticks out of the center). A great advantage with Taranis + is that I can mount 6 pos switch without having to sacrifice a potentiometer. It has a separate connection for the switch. think you can mount a potentiometer if you want. otherwise, the quality of Taranis very good, but that's no news. My old futaba is dusty a long time ago
I have had the 9Xr from when they came out. And I thought they were Great. But this has to the best thing I have ever used. Feels great in my hands and the sliders took a little to get use to. The firmware was a newer version of what I used in the 9Xr, I found it great. I have a lot of D8R-XP and D8R-II Receiver's and was glad I can use them. I like that it talks to me and found it the hards thing to figer out. I have not used the X8R yet.