Generations – Main units

The well-known LX8000 colour moving map and vario system. First appeared on the market in 2008. It was the first non-standard sized colour device installed in gliders. Since its first appearance in 2008, the LX8000 has gone through a number of changes and upgrades behind the scenes adding more power and functionality. In total, there have been four generations of LX8000 and these generation changes have also been applied to the other LXNAV moving map and vario systems such as the LX9000 and later, LX8080, LX9070 and LX9050 as well as in LX8000 and LX8080 successors the LX8040 and LX8030.

First Generation

First generation of LX8000 came on the market in 2008. It came as the first colour moving map display with integrated flight recorder, flarm module in combination with a digital vario called the USB-D. This early version of the LX8000 can be easily recognized with its very specific round push buttons top and bottom of the screen.

*Supported Software is up to version 5.05. 

Second Generation

The second generation devices including the LX9000 which was first seen in 2010 and shortly afterwards, the LX8080. These devices had squared buttons (metal) and had a faster processor. The second generation of the LX8000 arrived in 2012. Wi-FI has limited functionality check it here.

*Supported Software is up to version 9.02. 

Third Generation

The third generation of LX80/90xx has an even faster processor which is needed to run the feature-rich software – capable of displaying a 3D “synthetic view” and the support for a Wi-Fi Module. At this time the LX9070, big screen version of the LX9000 was introduced along with the LX9050, slim version of the LX9000 to fit in slim panels such as the DG and LS gliders.

Fourth Generation

Generation four devices have the capability of the latest Flarm module called PowerFlarm. This latest hardware with a very fast processor also has rubber proximity buttons and will be our platform for future developments.

Fifth Generation

Finally a vario navigation system with a Touch Screen Display! We were able to develop an instrument, which kept the same or ever higher brightness and has an integrated Touch Screen. Touch Screen is available on LX90xx series.

Wi-Fi functionality by generations

Flight upload
SeeYou Cloud-
Weather data providers
Rainradar (live)-
Personal data storage
Map data providers
US sectional charts--
Airspace and NOTAMS data providers
GPS aero data--

Generations – Variometers

LXNAV have produced 10 different types of variometers over the years in two different forms. A standalone version, called S-variometers and the others associated with the moving map LX80/90xx system, called V-variometers.


USB-D is the very old variometer produced in 2008. It was supplied with the LX8000 generation 1.

V5 is the first LXNAV variometer with a stepper motor, mechanical scale and a colour digital display.

V9 is the V5 successor. The V9 was the first variometer on the market with an inertial platform (gyroscopes, accelerometers and g-meter).

V8 and V80 are the first glass cockpit variometer based on the V9 inertial platform. V80 is also the first 80mm sized variometer from our series.


S7 arrived in 2012 and was an instant big hit, the first easy to use and connect vario. Connection to moving map’s like oudies and a flarm source made it the perfect variometer

S3 is the most affordable variometer for club gliders, simple to use and dependable at a great price

S80 was the first 80 mm complete glass cockpit standalone variometer with inertial platform.

S8 is the S80’s little brother and works the same, just a bit smaller for 57mm panel space.

Both S8 and S80 are also available in a club version, it has the same hardware but some limited software functions which can be upgraded to full S80/S8 later

S10 and S100 are the next step up from the S8 and S80 with built in Flight recorder and backup battery but the same inertial platform