Also known as the X9E, this radio is an evolution of the very popular FrSky Taranis Plus with several refinements plus the very obvious tray layout. Tray radios are great for pilots that like to pinch fly, or need easier access to additional inputs.
Some of the new features for the Taranis E:
Please note that we sell mode 2 radios (throttle on left) the radios can be switched to mode 1, but it is a little involved.
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. The Taranis will alert the pilot before signal quality becomes critical. This saves planes and makes the hobby much safer!
In addition to RSSI, the 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 E actually has a normal JR style module built inside that will accept modules for other transmitting protocols. In the model setup you simply tell the system if you are using the module bay, and shut down the internal FrSky module. Now you can use your Futaba, Spektrum, JR, and other receivers if you have a transmitter module that fits in a JR style module bay. (Note, you will need to remove the antenna from the module and screw on an antenna pigtail to mount the module entenna outside of the radio case.
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:
Not only is the X9E the best of the FrSky Products but it is among the very best TX's you could get from any manufacturer.
I have been flying with this TX for a year now. I have done so with Fixed wings, Gliders, Micros and Racing Quads. Its far easier to navigate even if you do not use Companion (which you should. Seriously folks). The two screens are great and the color screen is outstanding. The Gimbles are the real reason for the X9E. They have huge travel are smooth as butter and do not have over the top clicking. They are WONDERFUL!
It has a ton of sliders knobs and switches. All of which are far easier to get to than the original standard profile. I know some people are freaked out by the size but you actually get used to it. Once you do other TX's seem too small and cramped. You can take off the black side supports which allows you to grasp the TX fully in your hands with easy access to the sticks and all buttons.
You can also put rubber hand grasp if you want. Best of all if you are a Race Quad pilot you will fall in love with this TX once you give it a few weeks to sink in. Because FPV pilots mostly fly looking down and more and more pilots are going to pinch the X9E is your perfect choice. It sits comfortably on your lap, not threat of slipping or dropping and you have a place to rest your hands allowing for even greater control on your sticks.
I could go on and on and maybe the Hurus will be as good or better but right now the X9E is far and away the best TX on the market when you factor everything in.