I still fly glow, and I don't use telemetry. Guess I'm getting old.
I like a dead stick now and again as part of the variety in this hobby, always up for a challenge. I don't know why I'd need to abandon my pre-flight checks that have worked for 40 years, to now rely on a sensor to tell me what's going on in my plane. I just fly it, responsibly, and don't want to look down at the screen to read it, or have the radio talk to me. I want to hear the engine. I can tell when I'm low on fuel, and today's batteries last all day long, making refueling pit time an easy voltwatch check every time confirming it to be so.
I remember when people spent $425 for an Aurora 9 when it came out, http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFKKU&P=ML
is now $199 if it shows up in April or not, no one knows, and you don't get any sensors or servos at that price.
$200 here $400 there, that's a lot for a radio. You can get some ARF to go with a radio for that kind of money. Might want to stay in the old radio and wait for the Futaba 6S or 7T to come in next year that plays MP3 music and youtube videos on the display between battery charges.