Originally Posted by Radio.Active
However, for the Geeks, for inexpensive full house, fully programable, with a GLIDER mode, TX consider the $50 Turnigy 9X and it's many flavors.
I have a turnigy 9x, flashed to open 9x and transmitting through a DSM2 module that came out of my blade SR transmitter. The 9x variants are definitely the most versatile option for anything you could want to do for sailplane mixes, or any mix for that matter... You can mix anything with anything else, control it from any input, time delay and blend mixes to each other, and anything else you could ever imagine.
My setup uses the 3 way switch for main control of flight modes. Each flight mode uses the throttle stick in a different way. Fly mode uses the throttle for the motor, the glide mode uses the throttle stick as reflex/camber control, and then in landing mode the throttle is flaps/crow. In all modes, I can use the trainer switch as a motor toggle, so I can instantly bail out if I find myself in a pickle.