I'm a fairly new member of the RC community and I've been wanting to join the community practically too.
I wanted to make my first RC aircraft but wanted to add some functionality that I haven't been able to find in stores.
What I'm looking for is an Rx Tx combo that supports macro operations, such as flipping one switch to trigger multiple components to perform a predetermined set of instructions.
Is there such a thing that I could purchase or will I have to settle for solutions like Arduino or custom code?
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ErSkyTX on a Taranis has a macro programming language built in.  Might be worth a look over on for more information.  Mike Blandford who runs the ErSkyTX system and ports to the various transmitters is great to deal with.
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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I don't know how much ardupilot and telemetry software willset you back, but I watched this guy get his glider to not only follow waypoints but also seek out thermals:

I saw another vid where he had planes carrying out autonomous landings. I think anything you may want to do is definitely possible, you just need a few pricy pieces. I don't know how easy it might be to reprogram cheaper quadcopter tech for planes though. I've pondered this stuff a lot but it's still a bit on the horizon for me.
BRB - Building another nosecone.
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I'm all about my Taranis x9d. Running openTX was the answer for wanting to do those more critical mixes. I bought mine new about 5 - 6 years ago and everything is still replaceable and/or upgradable.

The single best upgrade I did was adding the M9 hall effect gimbals.  It was this season that I just replaced the battery because it wouldn't run all day anymore without needing a charge.

Full telemetry receivers will cost you around 30'ish bux a piece.
Fly like your mad at it.
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