The Volirium P1 is a smartvario, combining the most sensitive pressure sensor on the market with a state-of-the-art flight computer in a compact, purpose-built housing. Its software is newly designed and developed, focusing on user-friendly and manual-free operation. Glove-friendly touch screen further increases its ease-of-use. The P1 is perfectly suited for pilots ready to set new personal bests or take the next step in their competition flying. Software updates are automatic over a WiFi connection and soon it will be able to easily share data with other devices.
Easy to usePilots should enjoy their flights, and not have to worry about technology. This thought is at the core of the Volirium P1’s development: We built a vario that is very powerful, yet very easy to use. Both on the ground and in the air, we use technology to make your life truly easier. Here are just a few examples:
A modern user interface that uses the concepts found on other mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. This way you will feel immediately at home and know how to operate the P1
Automatic updates over WiFi: Connect your vario to any WiFi, and you’ll be immediately notified if we have released new software for it. In the near future, we’ll be using this mechanism also for airspaces, flight data and more
After each flight, the flight’s track is stored in an IGC file, the standard format for uploading flights to online contests, competitions and flight logs. But for a quick peek, the flight is also available as a Google Earth file, you can take a look at your track right away
Beeping varios at launch are a nuisance. The P1 only beeps once you fly, when you actually need it to
Glove-friendly hardwareThe Volirium P1 is operated with three large, domed hardware buttons that are easy to feel even with thick gloves on. Additional input can be given through the touch display, which also works with any kind of gloves.
Display is readable in bright sunlightWe use a special kind of display (a so-called “transflective” LCD), which ensures that you can read the information even in the brightest sunlight. Actually, the brighter the light, the better.
Precise, fast and “nice” varioWe use our own sensor electronics, and a calibration process that we developed over the last 30+ years, to achieve an unmatched sensor resolution: The P1 can reliably detect altitude changes of 2 cm, based on the pressure change alone! This gives us an incredibly fast and precise vario. A vario that always beeps when you’re going up, no matter how slowly. But also a vario that only beeps when you’re going up, but remains silent otherwise, regardless of any other movement. The vario sound can be altered to match your taste, so that you enjoy listening to it and remain calm even in very strong conditions.
Built to lastThe P1’s casing has been custom-built to protect internal electronics, regardless of blown launches and hard landings and even if things do break, they can easily be serviced.
Great battery lifeThe P1 is powered by a powerful battery that lasts for a good weekend of flying (about 20 hours of airtime). The P1 is charged over mico USB port so it can be conveniently charged via any USB power source (vehicle/wall adapters, back-up battery, solar, etc.). LiPo battery will last for many seasons of recharge cycles.
NavigationThe P1’s positioning system was designed by our friends at
Advanced Sport Instrument, the experts in satellite-based positioning and sports tracking. It uses both the data from GPS and GLONASS, giving the P1 a very quick first fix as well as very high possition accuracy.The positioning information is then used to draw a moving map that indicates your position, airspaces in your vicinity and waypoints. The P1 works with all the usual waypoint file formats, and gives you the option to either pick one point as your goal (“Goto”), or combine multiple points to a route.When flying along a route, you get up-to-date information about remaining distance and required glide to the next turnpoint and to goal. When setting a race route, the P1 will guide you through the launch and start procedure, help you fly the shortest way around the course, and give you your race time as soon as you fly into goal.
WiFi: The P1 exchanges information with our servers over the Internet, using WiFi: Software updates and error reports, in the future also airspace and flight data.
Bluetooth LE: Under development, the connect your P1 with any of the numerous free-flight mobile apps, to feed them with accurate climb, altitude and positioning data.
FlyLink: Under development, connect additional, autonomous sensors to your P1.
USB: When connecting your P1 to a computer via USB, it appears as a mass storage device (like a USB drive), giving you direct access to your flight tracks, and allowing you to upload waypoint and airspace files.
USB micro cable for connecting it to a computer
Velcro patch for cockpit mount
4 GB micro SD card
Absolute and relative barometric altitude (m / ft / FL)
GPS altitude (m / ft)
Barometric pressure (hPa / inHg)
Automatic setting of barometric altitude before launch
Maximum and minimum for flight
Graphic (m/s / fpm)
Numeric, raw or integrated (m/s / fpm)
Predefined acoustic profiles
Climb tone, near-thermal tone, sink tone
Maximum climb and sink for flight
Speed over ground from GPS (km/h / mph)
Airspeed (with optional external sensor, in development)
Airspeed with built-in Pitot sensor (optional, in development)
Average, maximum for flight
Wind speed (km/h / mph / knots)
Thermal assistant (in development)
Graphical support for optimal use of thermals
Air spaces: Import of OpenAir files, warning (in development), automatic update (in development)
Obstacles (in development)
Indication of current position
Waypoints: Manual entry, store current position, import of waypoint files (CompeGPS, GSP Dump, Ozi Explorer, GPX, SeeYou)
Goto: Distance and bearing to a waypoint
Cross country flights
Route over multiple turnpoints
Distance from/to launch (in development)
Current points in selected online contest (in development)
Distance and required glide to goal
FAI triangle assistant (in preparation)
Automatic upload of flight track to select online contest (in preparation)
Optimized route with cylinders, start of speed section, end of speed section and goal
Electronic task board: Transfer of waypoints, airspace data and task (in development)
Distance and required glide to goal along optimized route
Automatic upload of flight track to score keeper (in development)
Turnpoint tolerance can be set for each route
Export flight as IGC file
Export flight as KML file for Google Earth
Automatic software updates
Transmission of analysis data in the case of software problems
Updates of airspace and obstacle data (in development)
Electronic taskboard (in development)
Automatic upload of flight track (in development)
Bluetooth Low Energy (in development)
Data transfer to external displays: Tablet, smart phone, smart watch, smart glasses
FlyLink (optional – in development)
Data transfer from external sensors
FLARM (optional- in development)
Collision prevention beacon
Data exchange with any computer
Robust, shockproof ABS housing, dark grey with orange sides
Dimensions: 142 x 88 x 23 mm
Weight: 305 g
High contrast transflective LCD, optimized for good readability in direct sunlight
Resolution 240 x 320 pixel, 16 levels of grey
Keyboard with three clearly detectable, glove-friendly keys with situative double function (short / long press)
Resistive touch screen, can be operated with pen, finger or glove
Dual processor system: ARM Cortex M0+ for real-time sensor calculations, ARM 9 running Linux for screen output and user interaction
WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy, FlyLink, GPS
Memory: 4 GB on Micro SD card (included)
FLARM (optional, in development)
Slot for Micro SD card
Micro USB (charging battery, data exchange with PC), charger and cable are included
3.5 mm jack (external airspeed sensor, external loudspeaker)
LiPo accumulator with 5.5 Ah
Operating time: about 20 h
Charging time: about 5 h with the supplied Volirium wall charger
Velcro patch (included) for paraglider cockpits or leg mounts
M5 threading on the backside, for most standard hang-glider mounts