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Nova Mentor 5 Light

Nova announce lightweight Mentor 5

The lightweight version of Nova’s EN-B Mentor 5 is out now. It’s 25% lighter than the Mentor 5, and packs down small (with no need for fussy concertina-packing – bonus!) Nova say they see the Mentor 5 Light as an everyday wing, and offer it with the same three-year guarantee as the rest of their range, as […]

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The new Mentor 5, EN B

New Mentor 5: ‘More performance, more accessible’

Nova have officially announced the release of the new Mentor 5, their benchmark EN B paraglider designed for cross country flying. They say the wing, which as an EN B is bracketed in the ‘Standard Class’, will be more accessible to more pilots, stating, “the excellent performance is easily accessible”. They say they have achieved […]

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Nova Phantom

Nova XC Challenge 2017: win a harness

For the third consecutive year, Nova are running an XC competition for pilots of their wings in 2017, with a brand new harness awarded to the winner of each category: Prion, Ion, Mentor, Phantom and Triton.  To take part, all you have to do is enter your flights on XContest.org, ensuring that you correctly enter your […]

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Nova Speedmax

Nova Speedmax 2: PPG wing

Nova say the Speedmax 2 is a fun and efficient high-performance paramotor wing for recreational and advanced pilots. Based on the high-B Mentor cross-country wing, they say the Speedmax 2 is fast with easy launch characteristics and forgiving flight behaviour. It has a soft-reflex profile, a flatter arc than the Mentor and a trimmer system, optimising it for motorised flying. A soft-reflex profile […]

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Nova team colours 2017/18

Nova Team colours 2017/18

This red, white and lime colour scheme is what all Nova Team Pilots’ wings will look like in 2017/18. Team captain Till Gottbrath explains that Nova consider their team pilots as brand ambassadors, so they have unique wing colours, so that they can be easily recognised. Every second year, the colour scheme is changed. The new scheme has […]

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Win a paraglider in the Cross Country Prize Draw 2017

Fancy a brand new paraglider for 2017? Then you are in luck – it’s time for the annual Cross Country Magazine Prize Draw. Your chance to win a paraglider, simply by being a subscriber to Cross Country. What do I have to do? All you have to do is hold a valid subscription for the […]

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Paragliding in the Alps

On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

Till Gottbrath talks risk, joy, fear and honesty – an appeal for reflection All paraglider pilots know it – we have the most beautiful hobby in the world. But most of the time I am not able to explain to non-pilots why I am so fascinated by it. I feel it would always be best […]

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Nova Pilots of the Year 2016

Nova Pilots of the Year Awards 2016

Nova have announced the winners of their annual Pilots of the Year award. The awards, now in their tenth year, reward “outstanding performance as well as outstanding attitude” and are for pilots flying Nova wings. The 2016 awards went to Berni Pessl, Simon Oberrauner and Chris Bessei. Austrian Berni Pessl flew a Mentor 4 and […]

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nova-phantom

Review: Nova Phantom (EN B)

“I can see this wing will be particularly appealing for those weekend warriors that used to fly hotships but now want that bit more passive safety for their long cross-country days out.” Marcus King test-flies the Nova Phantom, a wing that offers EN B security – with EN D performance. Really. See what’s in the […]

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Steve Nash

Steve Nash: 1962-2016

Steve Nash, a British paraglider pilot, has tragically been killed while on a flying expedition in Mongolia. The 53-year-old pilot was on a vol-biv adventure – Spiralling the Steppes 2 – with his friend Gareth Aston, when it appears he was attacked by unknown assailants at about 1pm local time on 31 August 2016. The pair were half-way […]

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Nova Bion 2

Nova’s EN-B Bion 2 tandem

Nova say their new Bion 2 is a safe and fun tandem wing for professionals and recreational tandem pilots. EN-B certified, Nova say it has excellent take-off and landing characteristics, high-level safety and the performance for cross-country flights. They say a light pull will see the canopy rise in a controlled and even maner above your head. Its trimmer […]

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Nova Phantom

Phantom: Nova’s 99-cell EN-B wing with Triton 2 performance

Nova have announced a wing that they say ushers in a “new era of paragliding”. The 99-cell Phantom is certified EN B and has the modest aspect ratio of a low-B Ion, but “the performance of a Triton 2”. They say the Phantom’s complex construction gives it such an accurate and efficient profile that its performance is leaps […]

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On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

“Isn’t it better if we don’t give approval to those who – although brave – stupidly put themselves in danger, but instead give it to those who have the courage to admit that they would prefer to land or not take off in the first place?” Till Gottbrath’s been flying a long time. He takes […]

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Nova waterproof compression bag M/L

Nova’s compression bag for larger wings

Nova have released their waterproof compression bag in a larger size, to fit wings up to size M. The fully waterproof and lightweight (140g) bag is popular with vol-bivouac pilots, to protect their wing (or sleeping bag) from dirt, sweat and water. It’s more effective than a waterproof rucksack cover, Nova say, when hiking in the […]

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Nova Ion 4

Nova announce release of the EN-B Ion 4

After teasing fans on Facebook for a few weeks, Nova have now officially announced the release of the Ion 4 for February 2016. They say it outperforms the Mentor 3, and the smallest size weighs less than four kilos. The Ion 4 is a three-liner with a modest flat aspect ratio of 5.14. It’s made from “normal” materials, with […]

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Mentor 4 and Omega X-Alps

Hugh Miller reviews Advance’s Omega X-Alps and the Nova Mentor 4 Light Many pilots are naturally suspicious of lightweight gliders and their tissue-like cloth. Worries about leaving an expensive new wing torn into ribbons on some far-flung rocky launch mean five out of six of us still give them a swerve, going for standard gliders. […]

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Stephanie Boselli

Nova announce XC Challenge 2014/15 winners

Nova have announced the winners of their 2014/15 XC Challenge, a cross-country competition for Nova pilots.  The pilot with the highest-scoring flight for each category of Nova wing on XContest.org was awarded the title of XC Challenge winner for their category, and a brand new Nova harness. The winners were: Prion: Stephanie Boselli (CH) for an 87 […]

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Nova speedbrake riser

Nova speedbrake riser

Nova’s new speedbrake riser can be used to decelerate a three-line wing while on speed bar, without degrading the performance. A strap connects the C and D risers, so when you pull on the C it shortens the B as well, avoiding creasing the wing. Nova write: Admittedly, we are not and have never been fans of the […]

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Full Review: Nova Ibex 3 and Montis +

Charlie King tries a mountain wing with the promise it can be flown XC Nova’s Ibex 3 is “by mountaineers, for mountaineers”. In Nova’s words it’s a “small, lightweight paraglider that can cope with rough Alpine terrain, can be thermalled and has decent performance”. All three of its intended sizes should be available now, so […]

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Nova Mentor 4 Light

Nova Mentor 4 Light: Lightweight EN-B

Nova are presenting the new Mentor 4 Light as a “lightweight performance miracle”. EN-B certified and just 3.25kg in the smallest size, they say it’s versatile and capable, with Mentor 4 performance. Nova say the Mentor 4 Light is perfect for vol-bivouac or hike-and-fly, and for travellers looking for a fully-fledged wing that won’t use up your aircraft baggage […]

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