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Quick Overview

The new Fairhaven Micro Alti-vario flight instrument is compact yet has lots of features and is great as a back up vario or main vario if you are wanting an un-complicated flight set up.

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Product Description

The new Fairhaven Micro Alti-vario flight instrument is compact yet has lots of features and is great as a back up vario or main vario if you are wanting an un-complicated flight set up.

Main Features

  • High resolution altimeter

  • Loud sensitive vario

  • Averager

  • G-meter

  • Variable Volume

  • QNH with pressure setting

  • QNE reference

  • Auto flight timer

  • Clock, stopwatch, alarm timer

  • Audio headphone output

  • Altitude and vario max/mins

  • Temperature

  • Barometer with trend indicator

  • Long battery life, USB charger

  • Metres and feet or mixed

  • Threshold and damping settings

  • Electronic serial number

  • Size: 37x37mm

  • 28 grams!


The Micro Alti can be mounted on your risers or on your wrist, and the stretch Velcro strap is long enough to go over a coat. We also supply adhesive Velcro pads that will stick to most surfaces and can be sewn onto clothing or it can be panel mounted.


The battery is a 100mA re-chargeable Lithium Polymer type that is automatically re-charged when the vario is plugged in to any USB 5 volt supply, such as a computer, phone charger, satnav lead or solar charger and we include a neat little charger that plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket. The vario lights up when charging and a full charge of one hour will supply the vario for up to 5 days of typical use, without having to rely on the sun shining and there are no expensive batteries to buy!


The ALTI button gives access to 3 altimeter references. Alti 1 can be zeroed at takeoff, alti 2 can be set to height or pressure (QNH), the third option is QNE which gives altitude relative to 1013.25mB or sea level. There is also a barometer option which can be zeroed and provides a sensitive indication of weather changes prior to flying. 

Audio tones

Tones start with a modulated "pip-pip" that increases in rate to indicate lift and a continuous tone for sink. Frequency and interrupt rate vary according to rate of climb/descent. Averaging and thresholds can be set to suit the user preference and audio tones are surprisingly loud!

Headphone/external bleeper socket

As well as having an internal audio sounder or “bleeper” the Micro Alti has a socket for an external bleeper that can be worn under the helmet, even with open ear types, or it can be slipped inside your headset. This is particularly useful to paramotor fliers who use thermals.

As well as our extension bleeper any type of stereo earbuds can be used, or it can be connected to an intercom for tandem or sailplane gliding, to your paramotor headset auxiliary input or as an aid if you have impaired hearing.


The middle button (SET) displays temperature, maximum and minimum altitude and max lift and sink followed by battery level.

A long press on the SET button allows the user to make changes according to the user’s preferences which includes: Volume, lift and sink thresholds, damping factor (or response time) and unit selection (metres/feet/mixed). The last key press in this sequence reveals the vario’s unique serial number.

TIMER Button

The TIMER button gives access to the time clock, stopwatch and alarm timer.

An initial press of the TIMER button shows current time and will automatically revert to the previous mode, a second press gives the Alarm timer which can be used as an alarm clock or tank timer for paramotors and settings are permanently retained for ease of use.

A third press of the TIMER key gives the stopwatch display, this can be started, paused and restarted with further key presses and can be zeroed with a long press. A flight timer can be initiated by selecting AUTO and the timer will then automatically start after a small change of height.

Mode switch

Next to the power switch is the mode switch which allows the Micro Alti to be used in power saving mode (displaying just the altitude and time), the mode switch will mute the vario in the middle position.


The Fairhaven mini vario is fully guaranteed for 12 months.

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