Automatic Flight Timer with OpenTX and an FrSky X10

The below setup allows us to totally forget about switching timers and provides accurate air time information at the end of a flight or the day.

All you need is two triggers to tell OpenTX when to activate (On) and when to deactivate (Off) the timer. Many triggers are imaginable. I used the following for my pure gliders:

On Trigger: Moving rudder and aileron at the same time in any direction
Off Trigger: Vertical speed (TELEx:VSpd) is very small for at least 10 seconds

In this example, the off trigger only works if you have a receiver with vario (e.g. G-RX8 / G-RX6) or a separate vario attached to your receiver. However, it is possible to use other off triggers. For example, ELE not moving or AIL not moving for a certain time.

Logical Switches:

L25 is active if the rudder stick moves at the same time then…
L26 … 
the aileron stick
L27 is the actual timer switch. It is active (Sticky) if L25 is true. It is deactivated if L29 is true.
L28 checks if vertical speed is under a certain threshold. VSpd < 0.3m/s works for me.
L29 is active if L28 is true for at least 10 seconds

Alternative Off Trigger

It is possible to use a variety of triggers to switch the logical switch On or Off. Here is one more possibility. The timer switches off if the ELE(vator) has not moved for a certain time. The only change is that now…

L28 checks if the Elevator is not (hardly) moving for at least 10 seconds.

Timer Setup

L27 triggers those timers you want to be running

Special Function (Optional)

This is mostly self-explanatory and nothing but a couple of special functions to announce timers being “on” or “off” and the optional switch to reset timer 1 (I also reset telemetry at the same time). I keep Timer 2 running to sum up the day and reset Timer 1 after each flight (if I don’t forget).

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