The Digifly Leonardo Plus has an integrated high sensitivity 20 channel SIRF III GPS receiver. With a high power, fully independent, double battery make the Leonardo Plus the right choice from Digifly for non-competition hang glider and paraglider pilots. It has all the safety and flight evaluation benefits of a combined GPS-vario, but the Leonardo Plus software is supplied with out the competition waypoint-task management option required for competition use. If you need this functionallity in the future, the Leonardo Plus can be upgraded to have the full functionality of the Leonardo Pro model, simply from your PC, just buying from Digifly over the internet the upgrade software package.
Pilots familiar with Digifly flight instruments love the sensitivity and speed of response of the our varios. All Digifly varios use our "Intellivario Technology", a revolutionary system designed by Digifly which is based on the use of sophisticated digital filters to process information from the pressure sensor. This results in a a very sensitive vario which is also immune to radio interference. Uniquely, the Intellivario system is fully adjustable, allowing pilots to adjust the sensitivity their varios depending on the flying conditions.
The Leonardo Plus has a double battery system. The main power is supplied by an internal rechargeable lithium battery (supplied as standard) with a full recharge time of only 3 hours. This battery has no memory effect, so it can be be partially recharged, it also has a very low self discharge rate (more than one year) and works very well at low temperatures. Battery life ranges from 30 hours to 200 hours depending on whether GPS has been activated.
The Leonardo Plus has a non-rechargable 1.5 volt AA size backup battery. This battery is situated in the removable battery "slot" and can also be replaced with other 1.5 volt AA size batteries. Rechargeable batteries can be used, though are not recommended for the backup battery system because of their high self discharge rate (after 2 months they are completely discharged and useless). If using a rechargable backup battery, note that this battery is not recharged by the instrument but has to be removed and recharged externally by the user. The backup battery life ranges from 20 hours to 200 hours depending on whether GPS has been activated.
The auto start 3D flight logger (of both flight and GPS data) can store up to 100,000 data points from your flights. The unique flight playback display mode (Moviola) allows you to play back your flights on your vario. PC connectivity, via the optional Digifly USB PC cable allows the download of your flight data to your PC for later analysis with IGC format including the digital signature "G" record required for on line contest. Once connected to a PC all flight data can be replayed on Google Earth for easier reading and analysis of your flights.
The Leonardo Plus software can be updated via the optional USB PC cable allowing you to keep your flight instrument right up to date with the latest software improvements from Digifly. The Leonardo Plus can be upgraded to have the full functionality of the Leonardo Pro model, simply from your PC, just buying from Digifly over the internet the upgrade software package. There is also extra peace of mind with an extended 3 year warranty.