Flytec Alto


Product code: FLYTC-ALTO

Live stock status. See our Shipping and Stock page for more details. 4 in stock

When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page

Status: Current model

Condition: New

Alto is right for you if you are looking for a simple, robust and reliable vario.


The Alto is a simple vario created for the leisure pilot who needs a turn-it-on-and-fly device with essential functionality only.


Based on the proven Flytec design with an incredibly solid housing.


Simplified internal electronics by Naviter combined with signature Flytec-quality vario and tone.

These benefits, combined with the signature - and much loved - Flytec quality vario and tone, create a user-friendly and enjoyable instrument to learn to fly with. It also has the quality to be a reliable companion on your flying adventures for many years to come.

Man features

  • Robust, shockproof ABS housing
  • Reliable and proven high-sensitivity vario
  • Comfortable and clear vario tone
  • High-contrast monochrome LCD screen
  • Keyboard with clearly detectable, glove-friendly keys
  • Logbook
  • Customizable vario tone frequency, sensitivity, audio mode, climb-tone
  • Vario profiles, for different flying types (weak / normal / strong thermals, soaring, ballooning)
  • Altimeter showing MSL (ALT1)
  • Altimeter showing Relative / Flight level / meters or feet (ALT2)
  • Custom relative altimeter which can be reset with a press of a button (ALT3)
  • Graphical instant and average climb indicator
  • Numeric average vario indication
  • Flight time and local time permanently on display
  • Selectable units for Altitude, Vario, Time, Pressure, Temperature
  • Optional additional near-thermal tone
  • Optional tone when a key is pressed
  • English, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Turkish user interface
  • Battery life ~250 h from two AA batteries


Flybubble note: The Alto quick-start and full manuals we checked had a minor typo which might cause confusion: they said that the vario will operate for 30 hours with the included two AA alkaline batteries, where they should say 250 hours.

Technical Specification

Housing ABS Polycarbonate,
Shock resistant shape
Size 138 x 72 x 24 mm
5.4 x 2.8 x 0.9 in
Weight 122 g
Sunlight readable LCD
Gloves friendly Keyboard
Number of buttons 4
Battery type 2x AA type batteries
Battery duration 250 hours
Vario High sensitivity, fast response, customizable tone
Altimeter Reliable and accurate up to 10,000 meters
Altimeter display MSL, Relative, Flight Level, Custom
Average vario Graphical and numerical
Time Local time & Flight time
Logbook Takeoff and landing times
Units Customizable
Multilingual interface 7 languages

Flytec Alto reviews

Read our review of the Flytec Alto.

Additional Information

Condition New
Activity Paragliding, Paramotoring, Hang Gliding
Shipping Details When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model Status Current model

Flytec Alto Reviews

Highly recommend for pilots who want a simple alti-vario with no GPS on 12/09/2020
  • Star Rating
The Flytec Alto is a simple, robust and reliable flight instrument that's ideal for freeflight pilots who mainly just want to know their altitude and rate of climb or descent. It's very well made and easy to use. The Alto's highly sensitive and accurate pressure sensor mean it's vario and altimeters are exceptionally accurate. The high-contrast screen and glove-friendly buttons also make it easy to read and operate. Overall we highly recommend the Flytec Alto for pilots who want to keep things simple and don't require any GPS functionality.

Pilots who want basic GPS features (e.g. ground speed) in a similarly simple package should consider an entry-level alti-vario-GPS combo. For even more GPS functionality (e.g. flight tracklogs, thermal assistant, navigation, airspaces, topography, competitions) or a larger screen (perhaps full-colour or E-ink greyscale or/and touchscreen), you'll need to look at the higher-end flight instruments.

If in doubt, our general advice is to keep things more simple. You can always upgrade later (we offer generous part-exchange deals for freeflight instruments, wings, harnesses and reserves).

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