ION 3 Light




ION 3 light – Light Performance for All

The ION 3 light is a fully-fledged ION 3 – but nearly one and a half kilograms lighter. In has the same basic philosophy: the wing offers a lot and demands little. For this reason, it is the perfect all-round wing for mountaineering, cross-country and having fun. You can’t get more out of a lightweight paraglider.

 Noticeably lighter. The ION 3 light is approximately one and a half kilograms lighter than an ION 3 and approximately half a kilogramme lighter than its predecessor, the ION 2 light. This weight reduction was made possible through an intelligent mixture of materials and an optimised wing interior. The robustness of the wing remains basically the same. The advantage: the wing is lighter to carry and the reduced canopy weight has a positive influence on its extreme flight behaviour.

 Dependable and powerful. The ION 3 light offers everything that one expects from a lightweight wing – sorting the lines is easy; thanks to the light material the launch characteristics are even simpler and in the air the wing is pleasantly restrained. In climbing and gliding the ION 3 light convinces completely. The brakes have been optimised for precise handling in thermals.

 Packed with innovations. SmartCells, Air Scoop, 3D Shaping – the ION 3 light has all the technologies we have developed through our experience of making performance intermediates. Thanks to its low aspect ratio (5.05), the ION 3 light offers a high degree of passive safety. These innovations are the result of an intensive development process which has led to high-performing and simultaneously safe wings.

Target group

The ION 3 light is a paraglider suitable for a wide range of pilots. It offers a high degree of passive safety and is suitable for use in schools (so long as your country sanctions the use of EN B wings for training). On the other hand, its performance is impressive which makes the ION 3 light a wing for all occasions: it is a fun wing which turns like a dream; a cross-country machine, tutor and gentle acrobat all in one. It is suitable for gifted beginners as well as experienced pilots with cross-country ambitions.

The ION 3 light is a wing with high passive safety and at the same time it has a lot of performance. Simply, performance for all. Your Nova dealer will be delighted to advise on the correct wing!

Wings for flyweights

As with its predecessor, the ION 2 light, we wanted to produce an ION 3 light in the XXS size, with a weight range beginning at 55kg. It was important to us not just to scale down a large wing, but to take into consideration the technical peculiarities of small wings. For example, our designers and test pilots modified the curvature of the wing and paid particular attention to ensuring that the XXS had a balanced and suitable brake configuration which matches the size of the canopy. Therefore the ION 3 light XXS is more than just a scaled-down large wing. It is a wing with its own, fully-fledged specification. This allows women and lightweight men to enjoy a performance all-rounder. Even at the lower end of the weight range the ION 3 light XXS shows its impressive agility. This is our contribution to equal opportunities in flying. Simply, performance for all.

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Leading edge: DOKDO 20 DMF WR 35 g/m²
Top surface: DOKDO 20 DMF WR 35 g/m²
Bottom surface: Porcher Sport Skytex 27 Universal 27 g/m²
Profile ribs (with line suspension point): Porcher Sport Skytex Hard, 32 g/m²
Profile ribs (without line suspension point): Porcher Sport Skytex 27 Universal 27 g/m²
Main lines: Liros PPSL 160 (Dyneema)
Gallery lines: Edelrid A8000-U70 (Armaid); Edelrid A8000-U90 (Armaid)
Brake lines: Edelrid 7850-240 (Dyneema); Cousine 85 (Dyneema)
Risers: Cousin Trestec PES/Armaid CSAR, 12 mm

Best flights

Position Pilot Glider Takeoff Route Kilometre Points Link
1 Dušan Durkovič – SI NOVA ION 3 Hochstein – AT 214.55 300.37
2 Johann Tockner – AT NOVA ION 3 Greim – AT 192.96 231.55
3 Johann Tockner – AT NOVA ION 3 Kals – AT 158.60 222.04
4 Gabriele Pittaro Truant – IT NOVA ION 3 Sorica – SI 172.31 206.77
5 Franz Tockner – AT NOVA ION 3 Stubnerkogel – AT 119.42 167.19
6 Nicole Leuenberger – CH NOVA ION 3 Niesen – CH 133.14 159.77
7 Rinaldo Vuerich – IT NOVA ION 3 Serrone – IT 132.79 159.35
8 Massimiliano Favaro – IT NOVA ION 3 Bassano – IT 129.47 155.36
9 Johann Tockner – AT NOVA ION 3 Zettersfeld – AT 110.91 155.27
10 Norbert Aprissnig – AT NOVA ION 3 Stubnerkogel – AT 144.95 144.95
11 Bernhard Plursch – AT NOVA ION 3 Stoderzinken – AT 114.98 137.96
12 Aline Schäfer – DE NOVA ION 3 Emberger Alm – AT 101.97 122.36

Scope of delivery

NOVA Rucksack.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 (130 litres) and L (150 litres).
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.
NOVA windsock.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.
Speed system.Your paraglider is fitted with a high quality speed system. Thanks to three holes in the cord attachment point, it will flexibly and simply adapt to your harness and leg length.
Manual.We have enclosed a very detailed manual which contains everything you need to know about your paraglider. Please study it before flying your wing for the first time. 







Technical data

Number of cells 49 49 49 49 49
Projected span m 8,17 8,62 8,99 9,39 9,8
Projected area 18,56 20,65 22,58 24,63 26,82
Projected aspect ratio 3,58 3,58 3,58 3,58 3,58
Flat span m 10,61 11,19 11,73 12,25 12,78
Flat area 22,1 24,59 26,99 29,44 32,06
Flat aspect ratio 5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09
Line diameter mm 0,6 / 0,7 / 0,8 / 1,3
Line length m 6,22 6,56 6,89 7,18 7,49
Total line length m 219 232 243 254 265
Max. chord m 2,56 2,7 2,83 2,95 3,08
Min. chord m 0,74 0,78 0,82 0,86 0,89
Weight kg 3,55 3,8 4,05 4,3 4,55
Recommended take off weight kg 55-80 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130
Certification (EN/LTF) B B B B B




Additional information

Weight 10 lbs


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