Flytec Element


Wither you are a paraglider or hang glider pilot who is setting out for your first cross country flights. You want to know where the wind is blowing from, and at what strength during your local joy flights. You are getting into competition flying and will soon fly your first races. You are an experienced pilot who loves simplicity and still wants to know about airspaces in your vicinity.

That makes you the pilot for whom we developed the vario “Element”.


• Keys which are simple to operate even with gloves on
• Optimized race routes
• Airspace warnings (in preparation)
• Connection with every computer, without any software installation
• Flight data is available right after landing as IGC file
• More details under technical data.

Further Development

The Element keeps getting better. Over the next several months Flytec will continue developing the software and adding new features. Go to their website and give them feedback to help them include features that will help you develop your flying game.

General Features

Robust, shockproof ABS housing, matte black with green or red sides
Keyboard with clearly detectable, glove-friendly keys
High-contrast black-and-white screen

Dimensions: 138 x 74 x 23 mm
Weight: 178 g (including Batteries)

Power supply: 2x AA-Batteries (Alkaline or NiMH accumulators)
Battery life time: about 30 h
Operating temperature: -10°C bis 50°C

Languages: English, German, French (additional languages in preparation)


Units: m / ft
QNH: air pressure indication in hPa or in Hg

Range: 0 to 12’300 m – Resultion 1 m or 1 ft

ALT 1: Absolute altitude
ALT 2: Choice of absolute or relative altitude
ALT 3: Altitude difference or altitude above ground (in preparation)


Units: m/s / fpm

Graphic indication m/s: ±10 m/s – Resolution 0.2 m/s
Graphic indication fpm: ±20 ft/min x 100 – Resolution 0.4 ft/min x 100

Numeric indication m/s: ±300 m/s – Resolution 0.1 m/s
Numeric indication fpm: ±300 ft/min x 100 – Resolution 0.1 ft/min x 100

Integrator: selectable from 1 s to 30 s


Volume: 4 levels

Climb acoustics with selectable lower threshold, tone and interval modulation
Maximum interval frequency threshold: automatic (smart interval), or manual selection from 3 to 11 m/s

Discreet near-thermal acoustics with selectable lower threshold
Discreet sink tone with selectable upper threshold
Loud sink alarm with selectable upper threshold
Stall alarm (with optional airspeed sensor)

All base frequencies and modulations can be modified

Speed measurement (with optional sensor)

Units: km/h / kts / mph
Range: 0 km/h to 120 km/h – Resolution 1 km/h / 1 kt / 1 mph
Calibration: ±50%


GPS-Receiver with 48 channels
Position determination at 1 Hz, independent of selected recording interval


Capacity: 200 waypoints
Entry: Store current position / manual entry / load waypoints from file (in preparation)
Coordinate formats: dd.ddddd / dd’ / dd’mm’ss / UTM (in preparation)
File formats: CompeGPS (.wpt) / GEO (.wpt) / Ozi Explorer (.wpt) / SeeYou (.cup) / GPX (.gpx)


Capacity: 1 route, with up to 50 waypoints
Entry: Selection from waypoints list
Race route: Start time, number of start gates, start gate interval time


Units for distance: km / miles

Go to waypoint (direction graphic and numeric, distance)
Route with manual or automatic rotation through waypoints (graphic direction to next and subsequent waypoint, numeric direction to next waypoint, distance to next waypoint)
Race routes with start assistant (exit and entry cylinders)
Optimized race routes: shortest way to goal through all turnpoint cylinders (in preparation)

• Wind direction
• Wind speed
• Speed over ground
• Current glide ratio (L/D)
• Required glide ratio (L/D) to next turnpoint
• Last thermal (direction graphic and numeric, distance)

Airspace support (in preparation)

Indication of direction and distance (horizontal and vertical) to nearest restricted airspace
Warning before entering restricted airspace
Navigation aid for quick exit of restricted airspace


Internal memory for 50 flights: Date, start time, flight duration, maximum altitude, maximum climb rate, maximum sink rate
Recording interval: 1 s to 60 s
Extended flight data storage for 10’000 h at recording interval 1 s
File formats for flight data: IGC (.igc), Google Earth (.kml, in preparation)

PC connection

Micro-USB connector
Mass storage, compatible with Windows, OS X, Linux, Android (through OTG cable), iOS (through OTG cable)
Data exchange through file copy