I'm sorry to hear about your plane.
I don't know how much you know about the Taranis but I can tell you that I have been using mine for about 6 months in a variety of small planes and gliders. Prior to that I used their "Do it yourself" system to upgrade my trusty 1980's vintage Ace MicroPro radio to 2.4 ghz. Both have performed with 100% reliability so far. My glider system has been flown to the absolute limits of visibility without a whisper from the radio about reduced signal strength from the receiver.
I am NOT an early adopter, for me something new must be far and away better than what I currently use to be worth my while. Having never been shot down in 40 years of modeling, I resisted 2.4 until a year ago when I upgraded my MicroPro.
Therefore I was initially skeptical about the merits of telemetry, but after flying the Taranis I am a total "Fan Boy".
Telemetry coupled with custom voice alerts is a game changer in this hobby, kind of like 2.4 ghz is to 72 mhz. Telemetry is useless without the voice alerts. When flying my glider 1500 feet away, an eye blink will cause me to totally lose sight of the aircraft. I can't look down to check the receiver battery voltage, no worries, flip a switch and the Taranis will tell me what the voltage is as well as my altitude and rate of climb or descent.
Having a constant monitor of the receiver voltage is an eye opener. On one of my planes I under sized the receiver battery a bit. The Taranis warned me of low voltage whenever I moved too many servos at one time which caused a voltage drop and subsequent low voltage alarm from the transmitter. I upgraded the battery pack, prior to Taranis I flew along happy in a fools paradise.
Range checks are a snap, put the transmitter in range check mode, walk 30 paces away and read the actual received signal strength on the transmitter or listen for the transmitter to warn of low received signal strength at the receiver. Cool!
I can't imagine why anyone flying an expensive aircraft would fly without telemetry with voice notification. Being warned by voice commands of impending disaster is priceless.
Last edited by 049flyer; 07-23-2014 at 03:55 AM.