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 Taranis Plus 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.
I love it so easy to work with it and open source i like to programing mix on the computer
This radio i can programing from my computer and the best i can chage the software is opensource.
I am working to use this Radio with HotSpot Turbine Jet
Love It Taranis Plus
I have been in RC for a while now and have had several different brands from Kraft - JR. My favorite used to be JR due primarily to the quality, the support from Horizon, and the fit of the transmitter. I saw the Taranis Plus at the Toledo show last year and after talking with the staff, bought one. After a year I can only say how happy I am with the Taranis and the OpenTX Companion software. It is really easy to back up your programs, update to the latest firmware, and actually simulate a program on your computer before you make changes to the radio. While the programming is a little different, there are some really fantastic learning videos on You Tube that make it easy to understand. I have found the programming to offer a lot of versatility that you just can't get in the configured programs of the other guys. Don't get me wrong, I like my older radios, this just seems like the next generation. The quality does seem to be a step up as well, and the telemetry really spoils you. I still have my JR 9503's but have found I like this one better due to the data logging and the RSSI feedback feature. The ball bearing gimbals are smoooooth, The sensors are a snap to hook up with the X series receivers, and the voice feedback alarms let you know what is going on without having to look down. The icing on the cake are the reasonable prices. I highly recommend the Taranis Plus and Aloft Hobbies.
I have only had this radio for 3 days, and in that time I setup and configured two powered gliders with telemetry... these were not the run of the mill configs, but the transmitter just makes sense and is infinitely versatile. I did have some confusion over the telemetry hookup, but after seeing a few videos on YouTube it made more sense.
The hardware seems SOLID well designed and laid out and the transmitter has put a silly grin on my face from ear to ear.
Thanks Aloft Hobbies and FRSky, you guys ROCK!
Purchased my Taranis along with several D4R-II Rx's in the summer of 2015. The issue I had was that the Tx would intermittently go dead or reboot. I never flew with with it because of this issue. I decided to split the case and luckily found a bad solder connection. It was located on the battery input socket. What's the chances? Very lucky. I now have easy reconfigured bat voltage and RSSI Tx call outs using the D4R-II with only one telemetry wire to the Nase32. I absolutely love this set up for my multirotors. 8 channel full range Rx's for $25. Don't worry about the steep learning curve. There are many helpful YouTube videos.
I can not say enough good about the FrSky and the Taranis! Ive owned many radios before including a Futaba 9z which was converted to FrSky with a DHT-U. The Taranis is the ultimate transmitter and the price is unbelievable.
The telemetry functions are so useful. From monitoring power consumption to finding a lost model, I continue to find new ways of using it.
If your thinking about buying a radio from the "big brands" don't! Do yourself a favor and buy this.
I purchased a Taranis in April of 2014. It has performed well and has become my primary radio. Last week one of the trim switches quit working I emailed Wayne explaining the problem. I also advised the transmitter was over one year after purchase. Wayne responded with an apology and notice that a new trim switch was on the way. 3 days later the switch arrived. After 10 minutes I had the switch replaced and it works great. I am very satisfied with the radio but more important with the fast and courteous customer service which Wayne provides.
This is hands down the very best radio on the market today when you compare all factors. It is bulletproof and solid with the X series receivers. In fact, I have flown this radio with 120mph E-F1 pylon racing planes as well as my entire 3D heli fleet for over a year and have never experienced a problem. Plus, this radio is simple enough with templates for a beginner, but capable enough with advanced options to satisfy even the seasoned pro. Coming from a Spectrum DX8, I much prefer the Taranis.
Feature for feature, you would have to spend thousands to find a radio that can come even close to the Taranis. Though, price aside, the Open Source community adds so much value to the Taranis that the boutique brands just cannot compete. For example, there are a number of fantastic 3rd party telemetry modules for the Taranis, there are many user created mods, and all firmware and software updates are free forever. If you need a new radio and want the very best technology, the best and most reliable protocol, the most versatile, and the best price value, then the Taranis is the radio to buy.