Where is the model number on a nova paraglider

The Benchmark. For many years the MENTOR has been setting the standard for XC-intermediate wings. It combines impressive performance with a high degree of passive safety and it encourages you to exceed your boundaries. Using strength analysis optimisation and flow simulation, we have succeeded in elevating the MENTOR 5 to a new performance level.

Relaxed Sportiness. The MENTOR 5 shows a marked performance increase on its predecessor. A slightly reduced trim speed leads to reduced sink and comfortable brake pressure, while the top speed remains consistently high. The handling distinguishes itself with its agility and precision. This permits the wing to simply centre in the thermal and take every climb.

Simply intuitive. Pilots should concentrate on what gives them pleasure: the flying. A clever mixture of materials has made the wing lighter, more manageable and more durable. At the most important points, the MENTOR 5 has been fitted with sheathed lines. As a consequence, the lines basically sort themselves. Launching is simple. And in flight, the MENTOR 5 helps you to find the right line.

In flight

The MENTOR experience

Requirements

The MENTOR 5 is a paraglider with impressive performance which has – in the hands of an experienced pilot – a very manageable handling and extreme flight behaviour. Flying the MENTOR 5 does require a degree of skill. Although certified as EN B, the MENTOR 5 is not suitable for beginners and occasional pilots.

For queries about the suitability of the wing for you, your NOVA dealer will be happy to assist!

Features

Impressions

“I flew a 240km flat triangle with an average speed of 30 km/h with the MENTOR 5. Unbelievable! This is the best MENTOR ever. I love this wing!”

Rinaldo Vuerich
NOVA team pilot after test flights in Kenya

Review – Parapente Mag

Parapente Mag is the leading paragliding magazine in France. Here you can download a PDF file of their review (French) of the MENTOR 5.

The summary: “Less Revolution but rather evolution: The Mentor 5 offers even more comfort and versatility. It’s an excellent cross-country wing that will carry its pilot over hundreds of kilometres – provided that the pilot does not make mistakes. We can confirm that the Mentor 5’s performance is more accessible than on the previous model. In its category (Skywalk Chili 4, Advance Iota, Niviuk ikuma, Gin Explorer…), this paraglider in semi-lightweight construction is a force to be reckoned with: powerful and suitable for hustle-free flights.”

Thanks to Parapente Mag for the permission to publish this review.

Technology

Technical data

XXSXSSML
Number of cells5959595959
Projected span8,438,879,299,7010,09
Projected area18,4920,4622,4424,4526,46
Projected aspect ratio3,843,843,843,843,84
Flat span10,8611,4211,9612,4812,99
Flat area21,8424,1626,4928,8831,24
Flat aspect ratio5,45,45,45,45,4
Line diameter0,65/1/1,2
Line length6,436,767,087,397,69
Total line length233245257268279
Max. chord2,482,612,732,852,97
Min. chord0,450,470,490,510,53
Weight3,354,85,055,35,55
Recommended take off weight55-8070-9080-10090-110100-130
Certification (EN/LTF)BBBBB

Materials

Leading edge:Dominico 30D, 41 g/m2
Top surface:Dominico 20D, 35 g/m2
Lower sail:Dominico 20D, 35 g/m2
Profile ribs (suspended):Porcher Skytex 40 Hard, 40g/m2
Profile ribs (unsuspended):Porcher Skytex 40 Hard, 40g/m2
Main lines:Liros PPSL 191 / U-8000 120
Gallery lines:Edelrid U-8000 / PPSLS 65
Brake lines:PPSLS 65
Risers:Kevlar 12mm

Service

Every NOVA paraglider comes with a big package of extra services and guarantees. When you buy the wing you get more than just the product 1 .

During the initial flights the lines are subjected to real loads for the first time. This leads to stretching and shrinking – regardless of which line material is used. During NOVA Trim Tuning² our software analyses how out of trim the glider has become and then calculates the required correction values. Trim Tuning aids safety and increases your flying fun.

After purchasing the wing and successfully registering it at myNOVA, you are provided with one year fully comprehensive insurance (excess: 63.50 euro incl VAT / + postage & packing³). You do the damage, we carry the cost. NOVA Protect means that you can concentrate on the important thing: the flying! If you break it, we fix it!

The NOVA Full Service is more than just a check. Just like the Trim Tuning, we analyse the line lengths and ensure that the wing is restored to the optimal profile alignment across the whole of the span. Additionally we give the wing a full health check. Our NOVA Full Service gives you confidence in your wing.

If your wing has undergone NOVA Trim Tuning, the date to the next check is extended from two years to three years. The two-year check becomes a three-year check. This allows you to have an extra year of carefree flying. Please note the maximum permitted flying hours in the manual.

As standard, NOVA provides a three year, rather than a two year, guarantee on its paragliders. If your wing has undergone NOVA Trim Tuning and a NOVA Full Service, then we will extend the guarantee for a further year to four years. You get a good feeling flying a NOVA wing.

If you register your wing at myNOVA, it is added to our Quality Assurance Database. In the database – accessed through myNOVA – you can download all the key data about your wing. The database will also assist the person servicing your glider by getting information about your glider at the click of a button. Your glider will be more comprehensively checked.

1 The guarantee and service provision is limited, subject to conditions and not offered to the same extent in all countries. Detailed information is available in our guarantee conditions.

2 This service is included in the purchase price in selected countries. Please contact your dealer for more information.

3 This service covers damage incurred because of an accident while flying. Damage in other circumstances, personal injury, theft or other loss are excluded from this policy.

Speedbrake Riser

The NOVA Speedbrake Riser is the first three-liner riser which permits the glider to be accelerated as well as decelerated. It brings an end to pulling the C-lines, which killed performance.

We recommend the Speedbrake Riser for cross-country pilots. If you prefer relaxed recreational flying, hill soaring or frequent groundhandling we recommend the standard riser without the Speedbrake strap.

For an additional 60 euro (plus local rate VAT), we can offer the MENTOR 5 fitted with the Speedbrake Riser. This offer is only valid for new wing purchases which are not yet delivered to the customer.

Best Flights

The MENTOR 5 is a wing with extraordinary performance. It is greedy for distance. Below is a list of the best and furthest MENTOR 5 flights.

Get yourself added to this list!

Scope of delivery

The wing and harness will determine the size of the rucksack. We are offering our high quality and comfortable to carry models in size S (110 litres), M (145 litres) and in L (165 litres).

So you know where the wind is coming from, we have added a NOVA windsock. With a length of approximately 80cm it is large enough for a take-off site.

Repair kit.

Everyone hopes it will never happen: a hole or tear in the paraglider. We have included a minor damage repair kit in the right colour for such an eventuality.

Manual.

We have enclosed a very detailed manual which contains everything you need to know about your flying equipment. Please study it before flying your gear for the first time.

Speed system cords.

With some harnesses, it is not possible to reach full speed with the speed bar. The additional speed system cords will allow you to adapt the length of travel.

Colours

Petrol

Lime

Red

Please press the play button to launch the colour configurator.

  • Main colour
    • White
    • Orange
    • Brown
    • Sand
    • Yellow
    • Lime
    • Grey
    • Petrol
    • Light Blue
    • Royal
    • Pink
    • Red
    • Melon
    • Coral
    • Orange
    • Brown
    • Sand
    • Gold
    • Yellow
    • Kiwi
    • Lime
    • Green
    • Grey
    • Petrol
    • Light Blue
    • Tapestry
    • Royal
    • Pink
    • Red
    • White
    • Melon
    • Coral
    • Orange
    • Brown
    • Sand
    • Gold
    • Yellow
    • Kiwi
    • Lime
    • Green
    • Grey
    • Petrol
    • Light Blue
    • Tapestry
    • Royal
    • Pink
    • Red
    • White

    This 3D model will assist you to see the approximate appearance of a custom colour. But please be aware: the actual colours may vary from the 3D model. For any queries, please contact your NOVA Partner or email us directly at info@nova.eu.

    XXS size

    The MENTOR 5 XXS is made of light materials to improve its flying characteristics. As a result, its colours are different than on the other sizes. Please use the MENTOR 5 XXS color configurator for special colors.

    Size XXS has a recommended weight range of 55 to 80 kilograms.

    Motor

    According to the DGAC (France), the MENTOR 5 will be registered for powered flight. The glider is suitable for both free flying and paramotoring. You can find the certification documents in the Downloads section. Especially for powered flight, we have developed a riser with two mounts. It is suitable for two different hook-in heights.

    Where the glider is flown in the weight-range is first and foremost a question of personal preference: anyone seeking a high degree of agility and dynamic flying should fly our wings at the higher end of the weight-range. Pilots who are happier with gentle flights with a high degree of damping will be happier in the middle of the weight-range. Of course, the flying conditions have a big influence – in turbulent, windy conditions greater wing loading will bring greater stability; whereas flying the glider at the lower end of the weight-range makes it unbeatable in weak thermals. Correct wing loading is mainly a question of personal preference and the conditions in which you mainly fly. Your Nova dealer will be happy to advise you!

    The brakes are components relevant to certification – modification can affect the flying characteristics and extreme flight behaviour. Because of this, we strongly advise against any modification of the brake system. It is important that the brake has sufficient travel before it engages. This is also important so that the wing does not brake automatically when the speed bar is used. Furthermore a brake that engages too early affects performance and influences the recovery during incidents, for example during a collapse or when the canopy goes parachutal.

    Performance data depends heavily on the drag created by the pilot and this is linked to their seating position and harness type. An aerodynamic harness or seating position can make the difference of one glide ratio point. We at NOVA never determine absolute performance data, instead we make comparisons with reference gliders. For this reason we do not publish performance data.

    The way a pilot holds the brake handles is a matter of personal preference – but it does have significant influence on the handling and flying characteristics of the wing. We recommend a half-wrap. You hold the brake handle in your palm and twist it half way around your hand so that the brake line lies between your thumb and forefinger. This shortens the brake travel by approximately 20 centimetres and this has a positive effect on feedback – firstly you directly feel the travel of the brake line and secondly, with the arms positioned higher, it is easier to feel the wing. The exception is of course when gliding or during other phases of the flight when steering with the brake is not necessary. Please note: when changing from no-wrap to half-wrap, the shortened brake travel must be taken into consideration.

    Simplicity is our motto. Our wings can be packed using a concertina bag, but it is not essential. In principle, all our wings can just be stuffed in a packsack. When the wing is folded it is recommended not to bend the rods unnecessarily. This is particularly true if the wing is to be stored for longer periods. Furthermore, we recommend careful handling of your wing.

    Sail cloth, lines and all other components are subjected to rigorous testing before they are used in serial production. We not only test the sail cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production.

    During the initial flights the lines are first subjected to load. This load induces a small degree of stretching and shrinking. These are not associated with the line manufacturers or the quality of workmanship – in the factory all NOVA paragliders are trimmed and pre-stretched to within a very low tolerance. To adjust this stretching or shrinking, we recommend that the wing is taken for NTT (NOVA Trim Tuning) after ten to twenty flights – after one year at the very latest. Generally, the line lengths remain constant after the first ten to twenty hours. To make full use of the NTT, NOVA encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

    Dry, not packed too tightly and if possible in a space without wide temperature variations – these are the conditions that make our paragliders feel well. You should never store a wing when it is moist. You should also avoid excessive heat, like you would have, for example, in the car. Never remove dirt using chemical detergents and/or brushes.

    Ion 6 Paraglider from Nova

    The fundamentally redesigned ION 6 (EN/LTF B) is the next generation of the popular ION series. The result: high passive safety, particularly precise handling and maximum performance to achieve personal XC goals.

    Ion 6 Paraglider from Nova

    Room for ambition. No matter where and how far you fly, with the ION 6 nothing stands in the way of a personal best flight. But on this journey the fun does not fall by the wayside, because simple launch behaviour, pleasant handling and an effective speed system are included as standard. Or put differently, with the ION 6, both pilots new to the EN B class and (XC) professionals are well-equipped for every adventure – be it at the local site, when chasing kilometres or on paragliding trips.

    Form follows function. The line length and thus the distance between the pilot and the canopy is significantly reduced on the ION 6. This results in more direct handling in the air as well as advantages during take off. For example, it requires less room to lay out the canopy and the wing inflates quickly and reliably. Additionally, the curvature of the wing has been reduced, meaning the canopy is “flatter”. This increases the roll damping and ensures stable flight. Due to the short lines, and despite the high roll damping, the ION 6 reacts precisely to brake inputs – and the pilot can feel what is happening above them without delay. Another consequence of the reduced curvature is the increased projected aspect ratio (3.84) compared to the ION 5 (3.52). However, the flat aspect ratio has increased by only 0.6%.

    Relaxed from A to B. Successful cross-country flying requires complete concentration. The ION 6 makes this easy to do with its high level of passive safety, leaving you time to enjoy the view on the way. In flight, it quickly becomes clear that it can be turned particularly flat – i.e. you can’t “overcook it” when you want to fly a tight turn. This means you lose less height and can use even weak thermals effectively. But banking it higher, if you want a little more dynamics, is easily possible and this requires little brake travel and moderate brake pressure. In addition, the ION 6 has mini-ribs with internal seams, which increase the performance of the glider and ensure a smooth trailing edge. The other features built into the wing are a Mini-Rib Vector Tape and 3D Shaping at the leading edge.

    Simply keep track of things. The ION 6 has specially designed adjustable risers. This system is also used, for example, on the MENTOR 6 (EN/LTF B) and the SECTOR (EN/LTF C). What does this mean? The A3 line is shortened less during acceleration than the A1 and A2 lines. This increased the stability of the wing during accelerated flight. Apart from that, the risers are standard and are very user-friendly on launch and during ground handling. The coloured markings for right and left, which also continue on the brake handles and the carabiners of our harnesses, make it easy to check whether you have hooked in correctly. By the way… line sorting is also easy, because the ION 6 has sheathed main, brake and stabilo lines and follows the colour scheme recommended by the PMA: A = red, B = yellow, C = blue, brake = orange, stabilo line = green.

    Pilot target group

    For six generations, the ION has enabled both talented beginners (in countries where training with EN B gliders is permitted) and recreational pilots with cross-country ambitions to further refine their skills. It offers high passive safety, direct handling and performance in one – which gives it great potential to assist pilots in their development. If you want to increase both XC duration and distance, you will find that there must be a match between your own ability to concentrate and the attention that the glider itself demands. This is where the ION 6 really shines and enables relaxed flights. The target group of pilots for whom this glider is suitable is correspondingly broad.

    Quality & guarantee

    We not only test the cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production. Good to know: regardless of whether particularly light or regular cloth was used, we give an extensive warranty on every new NOVA paraglider. A condition for this is timely registration.

    More information at: NOVA Protect

    Paraglider from Nova

    Quote from Fabian (NOVA Test Pilot)

    “We worked on various prototypes during the thermal season, trying out many different brake geometries and trims. This resulted in a few hundred flights that were really worth it. The handling is very direct – the ION 6 is as easy as it is precise to control.”

    Short and compact

    3D-Shaping. In addition to the standard 3D-Shaping there is a Zig-zag 3D-Shaping seam on each cell. The advantage is that this seam doesn’t run in the direction of the spanwise force. This means the seam runs more cleanly and is more aerodynamically advantageous. This innovation reduces the creases in the leading edge.

    Mini-ribs. Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus provide an aerodynamically optimized trailing edge. The necessary seams are on the inside. The mini-ribs also help to keep the brake pressure moderate.

    Mini-Rib Vector Tape. In the ION 6, an additional vector tape runs through slots in the mini-ribs. This tape reduces the crease that is created when braking. This markedly increases climb performance and handling. Additionally, there is a brake gathering system on the trailing edge. These features mean the ION 6 has a beautiful, smooth trailing edge, even when the brakes are applied.

    Optimized risers. The risers of the ION 6 consist of 12 mm wide risers and have a built-in wing twist adjustment, which shortens the A3 line less than A1 and A2 during acceleration. This increases the stability of the wing during accelerated flight. During launch and ground handling a magnet below the maillons holds the two A-risers together, allowing a better overview. In addition, small straps fitted into metal eyelets prevent the risers from twisting during acceleration.

    New design. The central design element is the sweep, which visually emphasises the aspect ratio of the wing, complemented by a differently coloured banderole on the outer wing. The product and brand name can be seen on the banderoles. What is special about the banderole is that its placement and composition across several cells varies slightly from model to model.

    Technology

    Ion 6 Wing Technology

    Technical Data

    Ion 6 Paraglider from Nova - Technical Data

    Materials

    Nova Wing Materials

    Service

    Service

    Colors

    Ion 6 Paraglider Colors

    Scope of Delivery

    Ion 6 Wing - Scope of Delivery Ion 6 Wing - Scope of DeliveryIon 6 Wing - Scope of Delivery

    What is the difference between the ION 6 and the AONIC?

    The ION 6 (EN/LTF B) and the AONIC (EN/LTF A) are different, for example in their certification. In some countries EN B gliders are not approved for instruction – but EN A gliders are suitable for training. When comparing the two models, the demands on the pilot are slightly higher for the ION 6. The ION 6 is also superior to the “high-end EN A” AONIC in terms of performance – which is due to its technically sophisticated design, which is optimised for performance. However, both gliders are ideally suited for pilots who want to develop their skills in (cross-country) flying. Ultimately it is your personal preference that decides whether you prefer to fly an EN/LTF A or B paraglider.

    What is the difference between an ION and a MENTOR?

    The ION is less dynamic than the MENTOR. The ION is suitable for pilots desiring more comfort and a more relaxed feel while in the air. In comparison, the MENTOR is sportier.

    What is the performance of my NOVA wing? How fast will it fly?

    Performance data depends heavily on the drag created by the pilot and this is linked to their seating position and harness type. An aerodynamic harness or seating position can make the difference of one glide ratio point. We at NOVA never determine absolute performance data, instead we make comparisons with reference gliders. For this reason we do not publish performance data.

    When should I send my wing for its first NOVA Trim Tuning (NTT)?

    During the initial flights the lines are first subjected to load. This load induces a small degree of stretching and shrinking. These are not associated with the line manufacturers or the quality of workmanship – in the factory all NOVA paragliders are trimmed and pre-stretched to within a very low tolerance. To adjust this stretching or shrinking, we recommend that the wing is taken for NTT (NOVA Trim Tuning) after ten to twenty flights – after one year at the very latest. Generally, the line lengths remain constant after the first ten to twenty hours. To make full use of the NTT, NOVA encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

    How should NOVA wings be packed?

    Simplicity is our motto. Our wings can be packed using a concertina bag, but it is not essential. In principle, all our wings can just be stuffed in a packsack. When the wing is folded it is recommended not to bend the rods unnecessarily. This is particularly true if the wing is to be stored for longer periods. Furthermore, we recommend careful handling of your wing.

    Which NOVA harnesses are suitable for the ION 6?

    All current NOVA harnesses, e. g. VENTUS and ITUS are perfect for the ION 6. The coloured markings on the risers of the ION 6 can be found on the hang points of our harnesses, which makes clipping in easier and prevents twisted risers.

    What is the correct wing loading for NOVA gliders?

    Where the glider is flown in the weight-range is first and foremost a question of personal preference: anyone seeking a high degree of agility and dynamic flying should fly our wings at the higher end of the weight-range. Pilots who are happier with gentle flights with a high degree of damping will be happier in the middle of the weight-range. Of course, the flying conditions have a big influence – in turbulent, windy conditions greater wing loading will bring greater stability; whereas flying the glider at the lower end of the weight-range makes it unbeatable in weak thermals. Correct wing loading is mainly a question of personal preference and the conditions in which you mainly fly. Your Nova dealer will be happy to advise you!

    Does NOVA test the materials used?

    Sail cloth, lines and all other components are subjected to rigorous testing before they are used in serial production. We not only test the sail cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production.

    What happens if I choose not to send my wing for a NOVA Trim Tuning?

    The NOVA Trim Tuning is optional. We would strongly recommend it, but there is no obligation to have the NTT. You can skip the tuning and have your wing fully inspected during the NOVA Full Service.

    How should NOVA wings be stored?

    Dry, not packed too tightly and if possible in a space without wide temperature variations – these are the conditions that make our paragliders feel well. You should never store a wing when it is moist. You should also avoid excessive heat, like you would have, for example, in the car. Never remove dirt using chemical detergents and/or brushes.

    Bantam Paraglider from Nova

    Small, compact, dynamic – the BANTAM is the perfect miniwing for all mountaineers who prefer a flight with plenty of speed to a descent on foot. Only 1.65 kg (size 12) makes the BANTAM the lightest certified non-single-surface wing on the market (as of October 2019).

    Bantam Paraglider from Nova

    A little rebel in its own weight class. At only 1.65 kg (size 12), this little power pack can be carried in a conventional hiking backpack and it has enormous fun potential. Its excellent glide was demonstrated at the Dolomitenmann 2019, when Chrigel Maurer and his team won the overall rankings. If you like it less dynamic or have a higher take off weight, the BANTAM size 14 is the ideal partner for para-mountaineering adventures. Our 320 grams MONTIS harness (size M) is the perfect match for the BANTAM. In size 12, wing and harness have a combined weight of only 2000 grams.

    Let your ambition fly. Climb high peaks and instead of descending on foot, why not opt for a few barrel rolls on your way to the valley. If that’s your thing and you have the BANTAM in your pack, you can experience the mountains more intensively from now on. The low aspect ratio and extremely short lines make the launch simpler and the handling more direct. Even at trim speed, the BANTAM is fast and the speed increase at full acceleration is impressive. Nevertheless, the stability in turbulent air remains remarkably high. Even if you are not a Dolomitenmann, Rise&Fall, etc. competitor, the BANTAM can help you achieve your hike & fly personal best. And the best thing… in comparison to single-surface gliders, its flare characteristics are a particular advantage of the BANTAM. This offers a safety reserve even during adverse landing conditions.

    By professionals for professionals. The BANTAM was weight-optimised where possible without neglecting any of the technical details. It features extra short mini-ribs and an upper surface vector tape. With a line length of only four metres (size 12) – a best value in this glider class – the glider can be laid out well even on the smallest launch site. The focus in terms of brake geometry was on precise handling and optimal flare behaviour. This of course helps during landing, but also during take off, because with some brake the glider generates a lot of lift and takes off even at low speed. And once in the air, it’s full speed ahead. Speed-bar travel is very long and its top speed is correspondingly high.

    Pilot target group

    The BANTAM (EN/LTF D) is not suitable for beginners or instruction and is aimed at experienced pilots who want to be on the move with as little weight as possible during hike & fly, mountain running, vol biv or competitions. Flown with a high wing-loading, its very direct handling and dynamic flight characteristics enable manoeuvres such as barrel rolls. Also in extreme situations, the BANTAM requires precise control inputs and active intervention by the pilot. If you are unsure whether EN D paragliders are right for you, you can get advice from your flying school or your NOVA dealer.

    Bantam Paraglider from Nova

    Short and compact

    Weight-optimised cloth. We only use the highest quality sail cloths in all our wings, and we not only test the cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production. The BANTAM is made from the lightest cloth currently available on the market. It is also characterised by its small packing volume and high UV resistance.

    Mini-Ribs. Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus provide an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge. The mini-ribs of the BANTAM are particularly short – another measure to keep the paraglider as light as possible.

    Upper surface vector tape. This tape reduces the crease that is created when braking. This markedly increases climb performance and handling. In the BANTAM, this vector tape runs just in front of the mini-ribs, which, for the sake of weight optimisation, are as short as possible.

    Light risers. The Light Risers are ergonomic and like the paraglider itself, are designed to save weight on equipment. A pair of risers weighs only 160 g.

    Holding pins. By means of small loops and wooden pins the paraglider can be easily secured for take off in very steep and slippery terrain – e.g. on snow. This prevents the glider from sliding down while being laid out. If you inflate the canopy, the pins will release automatically. Detailed instructions on how to use the holding pins can be found in the manual.

    Quote from Théo de Blic

    “The Bantam is really amazing and I am having a lot of fun with it. It opens a lot of hike&fly take-off spots that seemed impossible to me!”

    Technology

    Bantam Paraglider Technology

    Technical Data

    Bantam Paraglider Technical Data

    Materials

    Bantam Paraglider Materials

    Service

    Bantam Paraglider Service

    Colors

    Bantam Paraglider Colors - Peacock

    Scope of Delivery

    Bantam Paraglider Scope of Delivery NovaBantam Scope of Delivery

    What should I do or avoid doing in order to maximise the durability of my wing?

    • Avoid UV rays: minimise its exposure to the sun!
    • Store the wing loosely folded, in a dry, dark place.
    • Never store a damp wing.
    • Don’t drag the wing across the ground (especially the leading edge and rods).
    • Avoid sand and dust.
    • Never clean it with a hard brush or detergents.
    • If it is dirty, use a soft sponge and lots of water.

    When should I send my wing for its first NOVA Trim Tuning (NTT)?

    During the initial flights the lines are first subjected to load. This load induces a small degree of stretching and shrinking. These are not associated with the line manufacturers or the quality of workmanship – in the factory all NOVA paragliders are trimmed and pre-stretched to within a very low tolerance. To adjust this stretching or shrinking, we recommend that the wing is taken for NTT (NOVA Trim Tuning) after ten to twenty flights – after one year at the very latest. Generally, the line lengths remain constant after the first ten to twenty hours. To make full use of the NTT, NOVA encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

    How does the feeling of the wing change with low or high wing-loading?

    The higher the wing-loading, the more dynamic it feels. This means the wing will respond quickly and energetically to all inputs. This can be used deliberately, e. g. for maneuvers like a barrel roll. However, for exactly this reason, gliders with very high wing-loading are not suitable for beginners. If the wing-loading is low, the paraglider reacts more slowly and less dynamically to control inputs. The best flying feeling is achieved by a wing-loading suitable for the individual take off weight, as shown by the weight range of each glider which is specified in the certification.

    Can I launch from any mountain?

    The legal regulations where launching is permitted are different in each country. In Germany for example, you may only take at official launch sites; in Austria you can take off anywhere where the property owner permits it (no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the information). As a rule, neither launches nor landings are permitted in nature reserves. Please familiarise yourself with the laws of your respective country, pay attention to no-fly zones as well as notices of the local clubs and always consider nature & fellow human beings. That way we can all enjoy this wonderful sport for years to come.

    What if I’m unsure if a EN/LTF D glider is right for me?

    If you are unsure which class of wing you should fly, then you should work your way up the certification levels slowly. After all, you have the most beautiful flights with a paraglider under which you feel comfortable – and you also avoid negative experiences where the flying characteristics of the glider are clearly beyond your skill level. The safe way to progress is to get personal advice from your instructor or a NOVA dealer, and consider additional coaching through your club or the Skyperformance Center.

    With regard to the BANTAM, the comparison with classic EN D wings (i.e. XC gliders) only has limited value when assessing this wing. Firstly, the BANTAM has a much lower aspect ratio, and secondly a much higher wing-loading, than classic EN D wings. The demands on the pilot for these different glider designs differ considerably:
    the BANTAM is very easy to launch and land. In nil wind, you have to run faster than with bigger gliders. It also converts control inputs very cleanly and quickly – which also means, that due to the increased speed and the very large sink rate in turns, you have to fly with even more foresight. Just as you should not immediately change from a low aspect ratio glider to a very high aspect ratio wing, we advise against doubling the usual wing load from one wing to another. If you have only flown gliders with a projected area of more than 20 square meters you could be overwhelmed by the BANTAM.

    I would like to try a NOVA paraglider. Who should I contact?

    The best person to contact is your authorised NOVA dealer. If there are no paragliding schools in your country, contact the NOVA importer. A list of our dealers and distribution network can be found here. If you have specific questions you are welcome to contact us directly.

    Is the extreme lightweight cloth as durable as regular cloth?

    The very light cloth is a little more sensitive to damage than a heavier paraglider cloth. Unnecessary mechanical stress (dragging the wing over the ground, intensive ground handling) and unnecessary UV exposure should be avoided. In general, wings should always be folded when dry and loosely stored in the glider bag. All NOVA paragliders – whether light or standard – are covered by our comprehensive guarantee package.

    Are there any specific recommendations about laying out the wing?

    We recommend laying out the glider in the normal arc way, making sure the leading edge is open and the lines carefully sorted. When taking off in rough terrain, it is also worth checking that there are no roots or similar that can catch the lines/canopy when inflating, or that there are any tripping hazards directly in the pilot’s take off path.

    If I use the holding pins to launch, will they remain on the take-off?

    The pins can be attached to the specially provided tabs of the wing using the loops provided (the exact instructions can be found in the manual of the glider.) If used correctly, the pins are pulled out of the ground or the snow when taking off and they fly into the valley attached to their loops. If one still get lost, it is no drama – our holding pins are made of wood and therefore biodegradable. It is very important to remove the pins when packing to avoid any damage to the glider.

    Source https://www.nova.eu/en/gliders/previous-gliders/mentor-5/

    Source https://www.peaktopeakparagliding.com/product/ion-6-paraglider-from-nova

    Source https://www.peaktopeakparagliding.com/product/bantam-paraglider-from-nova

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