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NOVA BANTAM – Made for para-mountaineers.

 

Three-Liner | Cells: 33 | Aspect Ratio: 4.4 | Weight: 1.65 kg – Size 12 (EN/LTF D)

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).

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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.

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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 DolomitenmannRise&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.

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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

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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.

Short and compact

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The BANTAM – tested by “Thermik“

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“With the Nova BANTAM, the successful manufacturer has succeeded in combining two glider concepts. It is just as suitable for the podium at the Dolomitenmann as it is for the sporty hike & fly pilot who can master an ultra-light glider with dynamic flight behaviour, but still does not want to do without certification.“

The English PDF can be downloaded here. There original article is in German. Thanks to the team of “Thermik“ for the consent to share their test!

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!”

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Technical data

SIZE101214
Number of cells33
Projected spanm5,86,36,9
Projected area10,21214
Projected aspect ratio3,3
Flat spanm7,37,98,5
Flat area121416,6
Flat aspect ratio4,4
Line diametermm1 / 1,4 / 1,85
Line lengthm3,553,954,49
Total line lengthm156173190
Max. chordm22,22,34
Min. chordm0,911,1
Weightkg1,51,651,8
Recommended take off weightkg65-9055-100
Certification (EN/LTF)DD

Materials

Leading-edge:Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2
Top surface:Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2
Lower surface:Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2
Profile ribs (suspended):Skytex 27 hard 27g/m2
Profile ribs (unsuspended):Skytex 27 hard 27g/m2
Main lines:Liros PPSLS191 / TSL 140
Gallery lines:Edelrid U-8000
Brake lines:PPSLS 65
Risers:Kevlar 12mm

Technology

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Under pressure.

NOVA Air Scoop is an optimised air intake, which increases the internal wing pressure. NOVA’s Air Scoop principle is similar to the ram-air inlet duct on a sports car: increased airflow produces higher pressure. Higher internal pressure in a paraglider means improved performance through increased structural stability and collapse resistance.

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More compact. The aspect ratio of a glider is not the only factor in passive safety, but still a very important one. A high aspect ratio favours cravats after asymmetric collapses, generally shortens brake travel and normally makes wings more difficult to fly. Nova’s analytical tools permit us to build performance wings even with a low or moderate aspect ratio.

Zig zag 3D

Zig-Zag 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.

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 product1.

Trim Tuning

Optimise your wing.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.

Protect

Fully comprehensive insurance.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!

Full Service

More than a check.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.

No Check Required

Three years without worry.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.

Materials

Full four year warranty.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.

Quality Assurance

Everything available, anytime.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.

NOVA BANTAM Colours

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BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).

Scope of delivery

BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).Simple Flag

The Simple Flag fits in your pocket and is useful when there is no permanently installed wind indicator at a take-off or landing site. By means of a loop it can easily be attached to a stick or branch before the flight. Tip: Even if want to do some spontaneous ground handling, the Simple Flag will serve you well.

BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).Ultralight Compression Bag

Especially small and light: this packsack is optimally tailored to the small packing size of the glider and can also be compressed very well. It is ideal for touring with a small rucksack. Please do not store your paraglider permanently in the compression bag, but well ventilated and loosely folded.

BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).Holding-Pins

The Holding-Pins are made of wood – if you lose one in nature it is not the end of the world. The wing is delivered with a few spares. Please make sure you remove the pins before stowing your glider in the compression bag. This prevents damage to the cloth.

BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).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.

BANTAM - Made for para-mountaineers. 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).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.

 


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