FrSky Taranis - 16 Channel, Full Telemetry Transmitter

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This revolutionary new transmitter by FrSky releases unprecedented power and features at a very affordable price!


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FrSky Taranis - 16 Channel, Full Telemetry Transmitter

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Aloft Hobbies is very proud to introduce you to the FrSky Taranis!

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!

Features:

  • Full Telemetry RSSI alarms (warns you of signal reception problems before disaster can strike) 
  • Self test of the transmitter antenna
  • 16 channels (more when combined with external module)
  • 60 model memories
  • 64 mixers, 9 flight modes
  • 16 custom curves with 3-17 points each, 32 logic switches
  • Voice or custom sound alerts
  • USB and SD card slot for system expansion
  • Long range system capable of up to 3 times the range of current 2.4 systems 
  • Quad bearing gimbals that are silky smooth 
  • State-of-the-art open source software 
  • Large 212 X 64 backlit LCD screen 
  • Real-time data logging 
  • Receiver lock (program locked to aircraft - limited to FrSky receivers running PXX protocol) 
  • JR Style module bay for additional RF modules and so much more
  • Selectable flight mode (1, 2, 3, or 4) Ships in Mode 2, Throttle on left stick.
  • 2 timers, count up or down, throttle %, talking, etc.
  • Trims - Adjustable from course to extra fine with extended and exponential trims
  • Standard trainer jack
  • ARM Cortex M3 32-bit 60MHz
  • Integrates with CompanionTX – a FREE computer program that is a transmitter setup buddy. CompanionTX (Windows/Mac/Linux) is used to set-up models with the wizard, save, edit and share your models and settings as well as simulate your transmitter or model setup.
  • USB connection for firmware upgrades, sound editing, R/W to the microSD card and integrate with CompanionTX
  • Sticks and pots can be calibrated by the end user
  • Multiple language support (Radio arrives configured for English language)
  • Open source community-driven firmware, so unlike with major manufacturers if you need a special function or have good improvement suggestions just raise your voice, and don't be surprised if it's implemented a couple of days later! Visit http://www.openrcforums.com to meet the developers!

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!

Standard System includes:

  • Taranis Transmitter 
  • 2000mAh NiMH Low Self Discharge Battery
  • Battery Charger Adapter 
  • Neck Strap 

The Combo comes with the following items:

  • Taranis Transmitter 
  • 2000mAh NiMH Low Self Discharge Battery
  • Battery Charger Adapter 
  • Neck Strap 

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Further details can be seen HERE.

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.

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Great Transmitter Review by Abdul
Quality
Arrived today & I thought it was going to be delivered next week because FedEx stated they were having lots of delays due to weather. I opened the box & noticed a beautiful transmitter & the retaining nut on switch SE was off. I found it beside the TX in the Styrofoam & put it back on. Other than that I haven't noticed any flaws that were visible. The TX feels great in my hands, gimbles are very smooth, the switches & knobs feel solid. I briefly powered it up to be sure it worked, display is large & well lit. I can't wait to put it thru it's paces. This is an exceptional TX and dare I say it compares to look, feel & quality of TX 4x it's price? Thanks again Aloft Hobbies for your speedy shipment & carrying of excellent products, I have had nothing but good experiences with FrSky equipment. (Posted on 6/27/14)
Some much things Review by Steven
Quality
I'm just getting into the hobby, so I don't have a lot of experience with other manufacturer's transmitters. I was watching the progression of the opensource movement with the Turnigy 9X for quite a while. I love to tinker and thought ER9X was the answer to what I was looking for. I was completely planning on purchasing the Turnigy 9XR when it came out. When the time came to actually make a decision, I ran across the Taranis. Now THIS was a transmitter that I could really get behind! Even though it cost 4X as much as the 9XR, it was worth it.

The Taranis itself is in the 'bigger' class of transmitters. It doesn't look or feel like a throwaway transmitter like the 9X, nor does it look WAY to flashy and overdone by cheap Chinese plastic like the 9XR. It looks and feels like a really good quality transmitter. Gimbals are nice and smooth. I fly Mode 3, so switching the throttle to the right stick was necessary for me. If I had purchased the 9X or 9XR, I would have had to transplant the gimbals. With the Taranis, I turn a few screws and DONE! Super easy.

There are a TON of programming options that I didn't even think was possible. Definitely take the time to watch all of the videos on youtube from Scott Page. Great videos and very informative.

I haven't used it in a plane yet, but I have great expectations! (Posted on 5/14/14)
Excellent product Review by H K
Quality
I love this transmitter. Build quality seems very good, and the programming part is not too difficult. There is a lot of help on the internet, thanks every one. The sticky throttle cut (page 13 model setup) makes electric models much safer, and the telemetry is actually a necessity that every transmitter should have had a long time ago. I can fly with an older battery or a newer battery without a problem. I know that I am not flying out of range even tough my plane is almost out of sight. On top of that every time I hit a switch a friendly lady tells me what I am doing. What more do you want. The only disadvantage is that things are often out of stock. I guess I am competing for receivers with lots of buyers everywhere. (Posted on 3/26/14)
Easier then I thought! Review by Skippy
Quality
I just set up my first complex glider that features flaps, spoilers(air brakes), ailerons and elevator and rudder. I have all of my mixing up and running (crow, snap flap, aileron -> Flap, spoilerons and air brakes, flaps -> elevator, and dual rates and sounds and warnings all programmed, plus various switches to arm mixes). I then assigned my differential and the flap elevator compensation to trims so I can adjust those in flight.

I wanted to tackle this plane as I knew it was going to be my most complex, and I should be able to base most other planes off this set up. I'd say that it took me about the same time to set up this complex plane with the Taranis as it would have with my Futaba 9C, maybe even a bit less time. Both would have required some searching and manual reading, but the Taranis set up is much cleaner, and I was able to dial a few bugs out of the plane that the Futaba would not have allowed. (Flaps did not throw evenly.)

I have been flying a number of smaller aircraft with the system and am very impressed with the range. It has been rock solid, and the sticks feel great! I wasn't sure I'd like them as I loved my Futaba 9C, but these are much nicer, the whole radio is much nicer.

I really like this radio! Thanks FrSky and thank you Aloft Hobbies!

p.s. Everyone at my field wants one. (Posted on 10/6/13)
Great new transmitter Review by Daedalus66
Quality
I've had my Taranis over a month and am still delighted and discovering new capabilities. I use it to fly both FrSky and DSM receivers (using a Spektrum module in the external slot). The OpenTX programming is extremely powerful and once you catch on is very quick and easy to work with. The quality of the sticks and switches is excellent -- about like my JR X9303 (my previous favorite transmitter). The voice telemetry is great. I could go on, but you get the point. Oh, and the value is obviously terrific. (Posted on 8/21/13)
Loving my new radio Review by Sam Pearce
Quality
First off shipping was quick once Aloft had their radios. True to his word Wayne shipped out my package and I had it in a few days. Packaging was very good and arrived in perfect shape. Now about the radio. I used to fly a Futaba radio, and I loved it, but after reading about the Taranis I decided it was time to upgrade! I love the companion software that allows you to set up your planes on your computer if you like, and it works in my windows laptop, and my wife's Mac. Or you can program the old way through the radio buttons. The power and features of this radio almost seem unlimited. I have some complex mixes that I simply could not figure out how to do in my Futaba, but in a few hours I have them up and running in my Taranis. The programming is very logical and actually easier than any other radio I have used, and I have used a lot of them. I'm 65 years old and Wayne warned me that it might be a bit complicated to program, but I'd say a better term is it is different to program, but I find it easier when dealing with complex glider mixes. I'm very pleased with the Taranis and with Aloft Hobbies. (Posted on 7/23/13)
Lots of power, small price. Review by BigPilot
Quality
I have been waiting for the Taranis for a while. I have watched and read everything I could over the last many months and was very pleased to get some of the first radios available. I had no fear as I have been using FrSky radio gear for about 2 years now with out a single issue. High quality, and very reasonable prices. Nothing comes close to this transmitter. Only problem is my flying buddies keep wanting to play with it when I'm not flying. I have to keep a rag near by to wipe off their drool. LOL Looking forward to more great products from FrSky. (Posted on 7/22/13)

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Product FAQs

When will this be back in stock?

We work closely with FrSky and expect new shipments about every other week, maybe sooner.

How do you Prebuy? I don't see a link..Thanks

If there is not an add to cart button, then we are currently sold out. You will need to wait until we have more to offer. We simply are not comfortable selling something if we do not have a commitment from the manufacturer.

What receivers are compatible with this transmitter?

The Taranis can work with a wide range of receivers. You can use ALL of the FrSky receivers except for the very early V8 (non-telemetry). You can use the more recent V8-II series. (You will bind them using the telemetry emulation mode, please see the product instructions for details.) So out of the box the Taranis will work with any V8-II, D, X and LR series receivers. You can also use other manufacturers receivers. FrSky knows that some folks are heavily invested in their current receivers, so they made sure they had an option for these users. The back of the radio features a JR style module, you can simply place a module for your existing system into the back of the Taranis. (Please check to see if your current manufacturer offers such a module, most do.) Then when setting up your model in the Taranis, you simply tell it you are using the external module. The radio automatically turns off the internal module, and turns out the external module when you select that model memory. We do recommend you use FrSky Telemetry Receivers so that you can enjoy the highest quality radio link.

Will the V8-II series receivers work with the new FrSky Taranis 16 ch radio?

Yes, but you will be giving away one of the key parts of the FrSky telemetry system, the RSSI feedback. The RSSI warns you if you have any reception issues at the aircraft. A real plane saver!! We highly recommend the telemetry receivers unless you have a good reason not to run one. They save planes, and as a result are good for the hobby.

After reading the specs, was wondering why the DJT module would be used with this radio? It appears that the Taranis radio is fully equipped internally with all that the DJT module provides(?)

If you want to expand the 16 channels to 24 channels, you could use the DJT. Or if you want to use OLD V8 series receivers (prior to the current II versions), then you would need the DJT. Otherwise you do not need it as the internal module can already talk with all the telemetry receivers.

(The Taranis works with all D series, X series and the V8-II series receivers. )

If you wanted to expand the Taranis to 32 channels, then you will want to use the XJT module and use X series recievers. 

I am considering purchasing this combo but have a couple questions:1). which revision of the taranis are you selling? How can we tell the the difference in revisions by serial number?2). is there an authorized service center in the U.S.?

We always sell the most current versions of all FrSky gear. Or stock is typically only 1 or 2 weeks old, this guarantees you the latest versions. Aloft Hobbies is the North American service center. We stock all available parts, and are happy to make any repairs needed, or you are free to buy the parts and make your own repairs, saving you considerable shipping expense and time.