Ok, So you've unpacked your Taranis. You can't wait to charge it first. Nobody can. Well, don't bother, just hit the power button! You'll get the following screens appearing:

Flash Screen

Throttle Warning

OK, that's clear. Just pull down the throttle stick. It is strongly recommended to make a habit of NOT pressing any key to skip this warning. IF a plane has it's receiver on and is bound to the default model on this transmitter, it would start it's engine. You don't want it to be you ruining the plane of your friend when you accidentally switch HIS transmitter on, thinking it is yours.

The transmitter will continue, and show you the first "HOME" screen.

Home1

OK, the default MODEL01 is active. Lets press some buttons, starting with PAGE.

Home2

 

Home3

Why do we call them Home1, Home2 and Home3? Because, if you press EXIT, PLUS, MINUS or ENTER when in one of these screens, nothing happens. they are the default screens, used during everyday normal flying. Only the MENU button will have some use, as we will see in the next post (apart from some specials, as we'll see later).

In ALL other screens, the EXIT button, when pressed often enough, will return you to the first HOME screen. So, you should know these three screens, and be aware that they are HOME screens, and if lost while navigating around, just press EXIT a few times to get back to the home page.

Press page to get to the 4th page:

Home4*: MONITOR

Now the fourth screen is somewhat special. It is a HOME screen in the sense that you cannot use it to change any settings. It is used to monitor the output signals sent to the channels on your receiver. By pressing PLUS and MINUS you can scroll up and down to check all 32 channels. By pressing ENTER you can switch to monitor the MIXES outputs. More on that later, just remember there are two different views in the same screen, selected by ENTER.

Now either hit EXIT to return to the HOME1 page, or PAGE to go to the next home screen. OK, this was the last home screen of four, so you'll end up at Home1 as well :).

Now it's time to bind a receiver. Yes, do that directly, with one or two spare servos connected, so you can get a look and feel on the sticks and the controls. You want to see it working, yes!

DONE!

Have fun and

Just Fly

Power the receiver

So you've connected a spare battery to the receiver, and one ore two servos to see if it is all working. First, just make sure that you connect the battery while pressing the small bind button on the receiver,(X8R) it will start blinking.

When on one of the 3 first home screens, press the MENU button once, short. you'll get the following screen:

MODEL SELECTION SCREEN

Ok, that looks logical. The star indicates that the (only available) model01 is active.

From now on, the PAGE button will activate the next screen in the Model Settings mode. Long pressing the PAGE button will activate the previous screen in the Model Settings mode. It is cyclic again, so pressing 12 times PAGE will have the same effect as pressing PAGE 1 time LONG. The screen/#screens is in the top right of the display.

Remember: pressing EXIT often enough will always bring you back to the HOME screen, so you never need to panic.

Press page once, to get into the ModelSetup screen of this model01 (not the general setup of the radio, that comes later).

MODEL SETUP SCREEN

If you want, you can press ENTER once, to activate the Model Name field. Just fiddle around, and press EXIT when done. For the moment it is not important, but I know people want to give things names ;). If you get stuck here, just hit EXIT often enough, and start over again. 

Ok, press PLUS or MINUS often enough to get down to the part where the internal RF transmitter settings are. It will take quite some clicks!

Ok, we're there. Final step, hit the ENTER button to have BIND blinking. It will start beeping as well.

If your receiver was still blinking red, it should now start blinking green. Press ENTER again, to fix the bind, and power off your receiver by pulling out the battery.

Now, if you power on the receiver again, you can control the attached servos with your sticks! Press EXIT several times to get to the home screen, and press PAGE 3 times to get into the monitor screen.

See how the bars move when moving the sticks, and how your servos move along.

That's it. Play time!

Have fun and

Just Fly

Well, you probably need to set up your servos, and get them to move in the right direction, before you can actually fly.

And, off course you need to learn how to backup your models, restore them again, and do the other normal tasks on your transmitter. You can read further in the HowTo's, its all there.

If you intend to make a quick but clean start, and since you haven't done anything yet, we suggest to take your time to make a copy of your SDCard, just to be sure, and load the Basics model from this site. If you're not on openTX yet, upgrade by using one of the downloads on this site for Firmware Upgrade to OpenTX 2.0 or Firmware upgrade to OpenTX 2.1 or use companion (look on RCGroups on how to do that).

Basics Model

The Basics model will provide you with a fully operational 8 channel setup, for use with your brand new 8 channel receiver. It is set up for Y-cable on Ailerons, channel 2 AileR, and a y-cable on Flaps, channel 5 Aux. Throttle, elevator and rudder go on channel 1, 3 and 4, just as you are used to if you own a Spektrum transmitter.

Switch SE is standard set on channel 5 for Gear or any other fuction you want there. 

The right side turn knob (S2) can be used on channel 7 for gain adjustment on your flight stabiliser. Channel 8 will be on switch SA, so you can easily change stabiliser mode.

All functions and switches can be reasigned using the custom (non-OpenTX) user interface. (OpenTX will still be available, it is just an additional feature we created).

And, since we reduced all servo limits by default to 80%, you are less likely to burn out a servo.

You'll be up and flying within 30 minutes. We've tested it!

 

Just check the Basics Model page out, and see if it is something for you. If not, read the next page about servo settings, and go on from there. 

Haven fun and

Just Fly! 

What? Dirty trim. What's that?

It is NOT the recommended way to set up your model, if you have enough patience to learn how to do it properly. But it IS the quickest way to get the transmitter setup so that you can safely fly your plane.

Ok, so your not patient enough. Who is?

So, power on the transmitter, press MENU once to get into SETUP mode (first page being MODEL SELECTION), press PAGE another time to get to the MODELSETUP screen, and so on, until you get to the INPUTS screen (5/13):

INPUTS

OK, so we have R(udder)E(levator)T(hrottle)A(ilerons) as default channel order. PAGE again:

MIXER

Well, what does this mean? This screen tells you what signal is calculated to go to the different channels of your receiver. In this default model, Ch1 is calculated as 100% of I(nput) Rud(der), and so on. This is what the second screen in the MONITOR page is all about. That screen shows the results of this calculation.

If you have another servo layout, like a v-tail, you need to dive into the MIXES screen to accomplish that. Or you import a predefined model form our site, as explained in "Importing Models".

Ok, press PAGE again:

SERVOS

Again, there is this same list of channels again, but now with some other info. Well, this is where we want to be. Here you can adjust the signals calculated by the mixes to result in the desired servo movements. So, if your servo would move in the wrong direction, it is in this screen that you can change that setting. Also, if full stick movement is sticking your servo in its end position, it is here that you can lower the limits of your servo corresponding to 100% mixer value.

Press PLUS and MINUS to select a line, press ENTER to enter navigation mode within the line, use PLUS and MINUS to navigate to the setting you want to change on the line, and press ENTER again to start changing the setting.

ENTER again to stop editing, EXIT to get back to navigation between lines.

Sounds all complicated, but you must just give it a go with trial and error.

The first value is the center trim, the second (with a minus in front) the lower servo limit, the third the high servo limit (with a flash in front, indicating in which direction you have moved a stick controlling that channel) and the fourth a flash indicating the servo direction (servo reversion).

Well, if you connect your ESC and servos to the correct channels, and set the proper center positions, limit the servos to the travel you need, you have set up your transmitter to fly your plane. If you feel you don't need full servo travel, just change the limits on the servo's. 

That's what we mean by 'dirty trim'.

Have fun and

Just Fly