Gleitschirm-Testival Interlaken, Landeplatz Lehn
Goldeck Flying Days
|Mentor 3 - all sizes passed the flight tests (16.05.2013)|
After size L (100-130kg), finally the Mentor 3 XXS (60-80kg) passed the flight tests as well.(EN-B, LTF-B)
It is more demanding to get the certification for the smallest sizes. That's why test pilot Mike Küng had to invest a lot of work in the smallest size of the Mentor 3 until the wing met our expectations concerning safety as well as handling characteristics.
|addition to our team (24.04.2013)|
Adi Geisegger is part of the Nova team for a while now, and so it's time to officially introduce and welcome him here.
Adis profession is fotographer and film-maker. Besides that, he is an enthusiastic pilot. (Paraglider and Ultralight) It's no surprise that all kinds of aerial imagery is his speciality.
Adi is working on some film- and photo projects for Nova. And he is helping us with his experience as a paramotor pilot. Our goal is to offer sophisticated paramotor gliders in the near future.
|Never Bomb Out Again! - Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder (01.04.2013)|
Today we present you “Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder“, the world’s first and only Thermal-Powder. It was developed by our team-pilot Hans Tockner, one of the world’s best XC pilots. Filed for patent, the unique component Monoaprilid allows the generation of thermals during the flight. So “Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder“ will keep you from bombing out and increases the average speed on XC flights, as you won’t loose time having to scratch about for hard to find thermals.
One summer day Hans, a studied
engineer, was observing the thunderstorm pilots. In the Alps, these heroic pilots are flying to help farmers. When serious
thunderstorms threaten the harvest, the thunderstorm pilots take off with small
but rugged airplanes and dispense silver iodide, which – ideally – leads to
rain instead of big hailstones. Hans evolved the idea for the thermal powder:
if you can let it rain with silver iodide, it must be possible to generate
In the course of a long
experimental series Hans finally developed Monoaprilid. The ingredients are of
course kept secret, but he explains the functional principle of the fully
biodegradable components: Monoaprilid is capable of binding to even the
smallest amounts of vapour in an instant. Thereby, tiny drops of water emerge.
According to the principle of the conservation of energy, a phase change from
gaseous to liquid state results in a release of thermal energy: your thermal
As a matter of fact, all pilots who were wondering about seeing a little
amount of steam when observing Tockner in weak or small thermals were right.
They actually saw Tockner’s temporary thermal mist, which dissolves without any
residues in a few minutes.
Hans Tockner emphasizes that
the right dosage is crucial, „if not it might lead to so called freak-thermals.
Once my kids were playing the thermal powder and accidentally exposed our
canary bird to an overdose. Poor Hansi was actually rocketed into the orbit and
never seen again!“
That’s why we deliver Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder in a practical dispenser. Order now in our web-shop
|Stubai Cup 2013 (11.03.2013)|
a lot of pilots preparing for launch at the "Elfer" in Stubai (Foto: Manuel Fasser)
The Stubai Cup was once again a sucess thanks to the micro climate in Stubai Valley and all our demo gliders were almost constantly flying.
Of course the interest was particulary strong in the new Mentor 3, and the feedback we got is very pleasing.
The only downside was the ankle-deep water on the landing place.
Thanks to all the pilots who visited us, and we hope you had one or two great flights!
we are happy to inform you, that we are entering a cooperation with Advance in development and production.
Both companies will continue to be 100% independent and the development teams remain unchanged. The teams will collaborate closely by exchanging information and by using the same simulation- and analysis tools. This cooperation will result in technically even more advanced gliders and harnesses.
The model range, and our sales activities will remain independent.
Below you can find an official statement about our cooperation:
Advance and Nova to work together.
Two leading manufacturers, Nova und Advance, have decided on close strategic cooperation in development and production. Both companies will retain their independence, and the long-established Advance and Nova brands will continue in the market. The synergic advantages of this cooperation will strengthen development potential for both partners, and result in even better products for pilots.
Combining forces and using synergy
This type of cooperation is completely new in the paraglider field, and primarily combines the strengths of two leading paraglider manufacturers. Nova und Advance both take it for granted that demands on a paraglider manufacturer will continue to increase in all areas. This partnership opens new possibilities for strengthening the professional nature of both businesses. The extra advantages gained by working together in future will lead to even better wings, harnesses and flying equipment, to the direct benefit of pilots.
Cooperation in development and productionIn recent years Advance and Nova have both made their marks on development in the paraglider field, with harnesses as well as wings. Both businesses have very similar visions and concepts as far as the future of the sport of paragliding is concerned. Each development team will retain its individual personality, but in future will seize the advantages to be gained by concerted development, the use of available analysis tools and an exchange of detailed know-how. The capacities of the companies’ own production facilities in Hungary and Vietnam will be jointly used and coordinated: this will enable greater flexibility, and an ability to absorb production demand peaks.
Nova und Advance continue to exist as brandsThis cooperation is to strengthen both companies. Advance und Nova have been recognisable market brands from the beginning, established since the end of the 1980s. The two companies, based in Thun (Switzerland) and Terfens (Austria) will remain 100% standalone. Company model series, marketing and sales activities are to remain completely separate.
|Mentor 3 (17.01.2013)|
Mentor 3 flying right after sunrise above Bassano (Italy)
The development took longer than expected and the result is better than we hoped for.
We are happy to introduce the Mentor 3, the successor of the Mentor 2. It's not just the name, those two gliders have in common. Both gliders share the same planform, the same curvature, (almost) the same line geometry and the airfoil.
The secret of the outstanding performance (glide ratio increased by 0.6!) lies in a couple of seemingly minor details: We changed the shape of the wingtips, we used 3D-shaping for the first time, we reduced the number of brake lines and we optimised a couple of more things.
Besides the better glide ratio we could improve the handling characteristics. We reduced the brake pressure and added a little bit of damping. Overall the Mentor 3 can be piloted with less effort than the Mentor 2.
Due to the almost identical basic construction, the Mentor 3 has the same level of stability and the same safety level!
Sizes "S" and "M" are already certified. The other sizes will follow soon.
We are looking forward to your feedback and to the first big XC-flights in a few month.
More information is available here.