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SkyDrop GPS Vario


Optional Battery Pack

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The lightest combined GPS vario in the world! Thanks to ultralight and compact design stuffed with many software functions, SkyDrop is suitable for paragliding and hang-gliding pilots from beginners to XC experts. With its 68g (2.4 oz) weight, hike & fly athletes will love it. Multiple screens with widgets can be personalized to achieve maximum performance while flying. SkyDrop connected via Bluetooth interface compatible with Android based XC apps works as ultimate flight computer. The SkyDrop vario can be easily mounted to riser or cockpit for maximal comfort during flight.

This is the second generation of SkyDrop vario. In this open source project, SkyBean have carefully listened to pilots’ suggestions during software development and have also made several hardware and mechanical design improvements. The display is now better and bigger, touch feedback is improved by bulged buttons. Thanks to additional PCB coating, the device is now more weather-resistant. There is a unique riser mount – for the best possible SkyDrop use during flight, which is included in the pack.

  • vario – analog / digital / average, acoustic signalization, graph history
  • flight loggs – IGC/KML  validated by FAI CIVL, accepted for FAI Category 1 competitions
  • GPS – ground speed, heading, glide ratio
  • wind speed and direction
  • altimeters – 5 adjustable altimeters (relative, absolute, GPS or QNH mode)
  • height above ground level (AGL) – update terrain data into SkyDrop HERE
  • fully customizable – multiple screens with configurable layouts and widgets
  • Android connectivity – XCTrack, FlyMe, XCSoar, LK8000, TopHat, Sky Land Tracker, Paragliding Dashboard
  • iOS connectivity – FlySkyHy, SkyLogger, SkyLogger XXL
  • digital compass
  • G-meter
  • weak lift detection (pre-thermal buzzer)
  • odometer
  • bearing and distance from take-off
  • flight diary
  • fly time, real time clock
  • auto take off and landing
  • UART output (for E-readers connection)

next features (in process):

  • waypoint navigation
  • every future feature will be available for free for SkyDrop owners

built-in hardware:

  • transflective LCD graphical display with backlight
  • precise pressure sensor MS5611
  • GPS receiver L80-M39
  • Bluetooth PAN1026
  • SD card storage for tracklogs
  • digital compass, accelerometer and gyroscope LSM9DS0
  • humidity and temperature sensor SHT21
  • RGB LED signal light


Dimensions: 98x57x19 mm (3.85×2.24×0.74″)

Weight: 68g (2.4 oz)

Battery type: Li-Poly single cell 900 mAh (USB rechargeable)


battery life:

  • only audio mode 13h
  • audio + altitude logger, without GPS 12h
  • audio + bluetooth 10h
  • audio + GPS logger 9h
  • audio + GPS logger + bluetooth 7.5h

package contains:

  • SkyDrop vario
  • plastic holder with velcro straps for mounting vario
  • USB data&charging cable
  • user manual



Optional Battery Pack

battery life for double battery version:

  • only audio mode 26h
  • audio + altitude logger, without GPS 24h
  • audio + bluetooth 20h
  • audio + GPS logger 18h
  • audio + GPS logger + bluetooth 15h


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