Latest News


2018-06-16: In the meantime many OpenVarios have become airborne! Look at our Cockpit Foto Gallery here and at the XCSoar forum.


2018-03-03: Stefan has provided all neccessary details for building a new input device: the Dual Concentric Rotary Encoder. More information can be found in the XCSoar forum: https://forum.xcsoar.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3187 Thank you Stefan!


2018-01-12: Happy new year to all OpenVario-Builders! The community seems to work well. In the meantime our XCSoar-Forum has grown to 42 topics with 1290 replies! Remarkable!


2017-12-18: There is new progress with rotary encoders for the OpenVario-Project. Have a look at our XCSoar-Forum https://forum.xcsoar.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3106 . Thanks folks for sharing your design ideas with the community!


2017-10-04: The OpenVario-Project progresses in several ways: John succeeded with implementing fundamental steps of an artificial horizon based on the MPU-9150. Here is a short video snippet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSEFL3RbDHo&feature=youtu.be And we have another promising prototype work for the external gauge with OLED display and stepper motor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zbjo2WrcWk Thanks a lot for your work!


2017-06-19: The OpenVario-Subthread in the XCSoar forum has grown a lot. Therefore we have now our own OpenVario-Thread to simplify navigation. Old links to existing topics are still working. https://forum.xcsoar.org/viewforum.php?f=30


2017-05-03: The OpenVario is now able to remote control 8.33 kHz radios, e.g. the KRT2, check out the recent images for XCSoar and LK8000. More information coming soon…


2017-03-06: OpenVario users being interested in the adaption progress of LK8000 can find up-to date infos on the LK8000 Forum.


2017-02-19: The first tests with LK8000 software running on the OpenVario have been very successful. Although there is a lot of detail work to do, the results are very promising. Thank you Bruno and the LK8000 developer team!


2017-01-23: We have now the choice of three input devices: Dual Rotary Encoder with Pushbuttons, Remote Stick and Touchscreen


2016-11-13: Complete OpenVario-Kits are available now. Assembly can be done within two hours. Stefan is offering an OV-workshop in southern Germany. More information: https://www.facebook.com/stefly.aero/


2016-11-05: We have simplified the navigation on our website with a kind of Sitemap. Now you can access any available topic directly …


2016-10-13: Stefan has made a great video-tutorial, which shows the making of a 3-D printed remote stick covered with leather. Really cool… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWNLIJbeU7Y More videos are coming soon. Thank you Stefan!


2016-10-03: The OpenVario community is growing continuosly! We are almost 70 builders now. Welcome everybody and please do not forget to update your build-status from time to time.


2016-08-30: We have a lot of new information on our website. Check out our brand new Setup Guide, the Advanced Topics, Audio Vario / Speed to Fly and last but not least: Errata


2016-07-17: Battery Voltage Indication is now available. Have a look at the XCSoar Forum to read the details.


2016-05-28: Progress in Australia. Welcome Justin!


2016-05-27: We are looking for fotos of OpenVario installation examples to build a gallery on openvario.org. All builders having OpenVario cockpit fotos are welcome to send their pictures by e-mail to dieter@schwarzbeck.de Thanks a lot!


2016-04-20: We just released a new stable image (16108) . Check out the latest one for your variant here!


2016-03-16: The Openvario community keeps growing. Welcome Lothar!


2016-03-11: 50 builders! Welcome : Cezariusz, and Quang.


2016-03-03: The website has a new page: Touchscreen and some new builders joined us, welcome Haluk, Jean-Pierre, Urs, Dirk and Bob! Who will be builder number 50?


2016-01-23: We have a new project: FLARM Antenna with improved directivity and some new pages, e.g. the variants or the aluminium housing parts, the page mechanics has been revised somewhat. Check it out…


2016-01-15: The community is growing! Welcome : Nikola, and Moret.


2015-12-18: Winter time is building time: Welcome four new builders: Lukas, Jim, Jonathan, and Harald.


2015-12-16: The OpenVario website comes with lots of new pages, e.g. about Electrical Tests for all boards, Variod, Sensord, OV-Menu and more…


2015-11-16: Welcome to our first Slovenian builder Manuel!


2015-10-01: OpenVario Protocol Specification 1.2 released !


2015-09-26: Welcome to Felix, who just started his project!


2015-09-16: Dieter made a 3D-model of the mechanical components of Openvario using FreeCad. It may be helpful for milling or 3D-printing or just to export *.step or *.iges files for other applications. You can find more information about FreeCad under: http://www.freecadweb.org/. Many thanks to Dieter!


2015-09-06: Builder number 35! Welcome Florian!


2015-09-05: Welcome to Felix, so far the latest who joined the brave band of OV builders!


2015-08-22: Welcome two new builders: Jindřich, and Willy!


2015-07-23: Segelflug.de features Openvario on their web page: Big thanks to Bernd Hennig!


2015-06-28: The German “Segelfliegen Magazin” features a full three pages article about Openvario


2015-05-04: Builder No. 30: The first builder from France: Jean-Paul joined us. Bienvenue!


2015-05-01: Welcome to Torsten who will build a 5.7“ Variant of the Openvario


2015-03-31: Let's welcome a new builder: Nicholas


2015-03-17: Tamás created a 3D PDF of the 7” Openvario to help fellow builders visualize housing and assembly - thanks a lot!


2015-03-15: More than 4000 views on the OV thread in the XCSoar Forum


2015-03-12: Haldor's OV is alive. Congratulations! https://seilfly.wordpress.com/category/openvario-project/


2015-02-20: Eggert has a nice blog about his OV project. Check it out at http://www.eehmke.de/openvario-blog/


2015-02-18: Klaus' blog is featured at the luftpiraten site


2015-02-09: Klaus Burkhard started a blog about Openvario at his well-known website at ul-segelflug.de. Thanks for spreading the word!

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