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 envolved.
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:
If you are buying or bought a Taranis, we ask that you please make a donation to the Opensource firmware developers. Justclick here to go to their paypal donation page. Thank you.
Posted by Jim on 10th Nov 2016
I've been in RC since 1964. This is the best I've seen/felt so far. It is very well built and solid with very smooth sliders and sticks. It has more than enough switches with room for more (readily avail) Software is incredibly flexible. Then you add in the cost and availability and cost of sensors. Just a great radio. Could use a better tray arrangement, but modifications can be made and there is after market.
Posted by Arthur E. Martinez on 10th Aug 2016
The only problem I have with this radio is that it does not come with a normal owners Manual.When I say normal ,I mean a 8x11 page booklet in english that explains how to use such a radio.Every one who buys this radio is not a veteran of rc transmitters;but simply a person who wants a good piece of equipment.I should not have to spend almost $400 for a piece of equipment,take the papers that came with it to a office store to have it enlarged so that I could read it;and still guess how to work it!!!!!.The papers were so condensed I could not believe it, 8 down to 2 I have never seen this in my life!Tell the manufacture to spend some money on a normal manual and send everyone who owns one of these transmitters one for free.I love this Transmitter because of all the bells and whistles and the room for upgrading.I would just like to read how to operate it.For me to recommend it I need a good understanding of it. Helibatics I recommend ,x9e I cannot at this time.
Posted by harvey on 22nd Jun 2016
This is an awesome TX. Customer service is top notch. I would recommend Helibatics!
Posted by Barry on 12th Oct 2015
I've become accustomed to great Helibatics service and was not disappointed this time either.
On the product side I had expectations as well and am not disappointed. Not much time on the radio yet but have done some setup work done and just about ready to fly. I have done a number of sim flights with it and the feel is very nice. A solid feeling puece of equipment.
I like the hard/soft style case a lot and prefer it to the hard sided cases.
New version of OpenTX is a little different but a powerful tool with even more features and flexibility.
Now for my Xmas present, a bunch of telemetry goodies.