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Overview
There are many types of variometers available.  Different pilots will be interested in different variometers.  My goal is to help you find the right vario for your needs by providing product overviews and comparison tables.

Averagers
If you 
have never flown with a vario that offers a 20 or 30 second averager, you will love it the first time you try it.  The averager gives you a more accurate read of how strong the thermal is and is especially useful when deciding when it is time to leave a weak thermal.  Often new glider pilots estimate thermal strength based on the peaks they see on the variometer needle.  Once you fly with an averager you will see that the averager reads only about half as much lift as seen in the short peaks.  That is important to know when using MacCready theory to set your speed to fly between thermals. Even better is to fly with a vario that shows the average climb rate for the entire current or recent thermal. That is the best number to use when setting the MacCready number.

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Air AvionicsAir Glide Vario Systems
ClearNav Instruments     

ClearNav Variometer, CNv

 

LX Navigation

- LX Helios
- LX EOS
- LX Era
- LX Zeus
 Flight computer with EOS or Era vario

  

LXNAV

- S3 Audio Vario with averager, digital altimeter and Speed-to-Fly calculator
- S8, S80 Speed-to-fly variometer with g-meter and FLARM display
- S10, S100 Speed-to-fly variometer with GPS and IGC logger, g-meter and FLARM display      
- LX8000 Flight Computer with V8 or V80 variometer
- LX8080 Flight Computer with V8 or V80 variometer

- LX9000 Flight Computer with V8 or V80 variometer
- LX9050 Flight Computer
 with V8 or V80 variometer
- LX9070 Flight Computer with V8 or V80 variometer

 
 
Tasman

VRM10 Sprite Variometer


Winter

Mechanical variometers with optional custom speed-to-fly rings

 





CNi-0668

CNi-0668

ClearNav Variometer System with Analog DisplayThe ClearNav variometer has been receiving very positi..

$2,050.00

CNi-0669

CNi-0669

ClearNav Variometer System with Digital Display (no mechanical pointer)The ClearNav variometer has b..

$1,950.00

ILEC-SC-7

ILEC-SC-7

SC-7 Variometer with Audio and AveragerFits in an 80 mm (3 1/8") instrument hole, Type:Thermal flow ..

$795.00

ILEC-SN10-2

ILEC-SN10-2

SN10-2 repeater for 2-seat gliders with vario displayThis "repeater" display offers the same control..

$1,165.00

LX-EOS

LX-EOS

LX EOS Speed-to-fly Variometer with GPS flight recorder, navigation, Thermal Assistant, and FLA..

$1,695.00

LX-Era

LX-Era

LX Era Speed-to-fly VariometerThe LX Era is an all LCD (no mechanical pointer) variometer. It i..

$1,325.00

LX-Helios

LX-Helios

LX Helios VariometerThe LX Helios is an easy-to-use, intuitive,"club" variometer which offers m..

$750.00

LXNAV-S10 and S100

LXNAV-S10 and S100

LXNAV S10 and S100 Variometers with GPS Flight RecorderThe S10 and S100 are very powerful and full-f..

$1,640.00

LXNAV-S10D and S100D

LXNAV-S10D and S100D

LXNAV S10D and S100D 2nd-Seat RepeatersThe S10D and S100D are 2nd-seat repeaters for use with S8, S1..

$870.00

LXNAV-S7

LXNAV-S7

S7 Speed-to-Fly Variometer(formerly called the V7)This is still a great product, but I no longer sto..

$980.00

LXNAV-S8 and S80

LXNAV-S8 and S80

LXNAV S8, S8 Club, S80 and S80 Club Variometers with Navigation and optional AHRSNew S8 Club and S80..

$870.00

LXNAV-S8D and S80D

LXNAV-S8D and S80D

LXNAV S8D and S80D 2nd-Seat RepeatersThe S8D and S80D are 2nd-seat repeaters for use with S8, S10, S..

$715.00

Tasman VRM10-Sprite

Tasman VRM10-Sprite

Tasman VRM10 Sprite Digital Audio VariometerOverviewTasman Instruments Variometers perform beyond ex..

$595.00

W-5251, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 5 m/s

W-5251, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 5 m/s

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StV 580 mm (3 1/8")±5 m/s3 second response timeApplicatio..

$625.00

W-5252, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 1000 ft/min

W-5252, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 1000 ft/min

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StV 5-280 mm (3 1/8")±1000 ft/min3 second response timeAp..

$625.00

W-5253, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 10 Knots - Most Popular

W-5253, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 80mm, 10 Knots - Most Popular

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StV 5-3 - Most Popular80 mm (3 1/8")±10 knots3 ..

$625.00

W-5282, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 80mm, 1000 ft/min

W-5282, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 80mm, 1000 ft/min

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StV 5-2 "S" - Sensitive80 mm (3 1/8")±1000 ft/min1.8 seco..

$645.00

W-5283, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 80mm, 10 knots

W-5283, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 80mm, 10 knots

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StV 5-3 "S" - Sensitive80 mm (3 1/8")±10 knots1.8 second ..

$645.00

W-5451, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 5 m/s

W-5451, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 5 m/s

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVM 557 mm (2 1/4")±5 m/s3 second response timeAppl..

$625.00

W-5452, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

W-5452, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVM 5-257 mm (2 1/4")±1000 ft/min3 second response ..

$625.00

W-5453, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 10 Knots - Most Popular

W-5453, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, 57mm, 10 Knots - Most Popular

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVM 5-3 - Most Popular57 mm (2 1/4")±10 knots,3 sec..

$625.00

W-5482, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

W-5482, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVM 5-2 "S" - Sensitive57 mm (2 1/4")±1000 ft/min1.8 sec..

$645.00

W-5483, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 57mm, 10 Knots

W-5483, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Sensitive, 57mm, 10 Knots

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVM 5-3 "S" - Sensitive57 mm (2 1/4")±10 knots..

$645.00

W-5552, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Logarithmic, Sensitive, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

W-5552, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Logarithmic, Sensitive, 57mm, 1000 ft/min

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVLM 5-2 - Logarithmic Scale - Sensitive57 mm (2 1/4")±1..

$700.00

W-5553, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Logarithmic, Sensitive, 57mm, 10 Knots

W-5553, Winter, Mechanical Variometer, Logarithmic, Sensitive, 57mm, 10 Knots

Mechanical Variometer, Vane Type, Model: 5 StVLM 5-3 - Logarithmic Scale - Sensitive57 mm (2 1/4")±1..

$700.00

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