Balanced handling. Good paramotor wings distinguish themselves by high roll stability and simultaneously by a pleasantly agile handling. Combining these two parameters which contradict each other into a complete package is a big challenge when developing a paramotor wing. With the SPEEDMAX we successfully achieved it.
High passive safety. The SPEEDMAX offers a very high degree of passive safety. It provides you with a safe feeling even when the air is a little restless. Like all NOVA wings, the SPEEDMAX has been extensively tested in all possible collapse scenarios.
A timeless classic. A timeless classic. The SPEEDMAX is a perennial favourite in the NOVA range. Because of its all-round good characteristics it remains a popular model. SPEEDMAX pilots value the wing’s sophisticated handling, combined with its high passive safety.
The SPEEDMAX is a paramotor wing which distinguishes itself by a high degree of simplicity. The target group are recreational pilots who value a great deal of passive safety. Leisure pilots who fly regularly in particular will enjoy the SPEEDMAX.
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.
All NOVA paragliders are made to be easy to use. For packing you can use a concertina bag, but it is not essential. Our extensive experience with rods has taught us that the packing method has little influence on the durability of the wing. Bent rods quickly spring back into their original shape.
|Leading edge:||Gelvenor LCN0066 OL KS 52 g/m²|
|Top surface:||Gelvenor LCN0066 OL KS 52 g/m²|
|Bottom surface:||NCV D0911 40 g/m²|
|Profile ribs (with line suspension point):||NCV 9092 E29A 48 g/m²|
|Profile ribs (without line suspension point):||NCV 2420 X15A Trilam 165 g/m²|
|Main lines:||Liros TSL 280 (Armaid); Liros TSL 380 (Armaid)|
|Gallery lines:||Liros PPSL 120 (Dyneema)|
|Brake lines:||Edelrid 7860-360 (Dyneema); Liros DSL 70 (Dyneema)|
|Risers:||Güth & Wolf Gurtband 25 mm|
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!
Can I shorten the brake lines on a NOVA wing?
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.
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.
How do I hold the brake line correctly?
How a pilot holds the brakes is a matter of personal preference – but it does have a marked 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. Due to poor ergonomics, we recommend against not taking this wrap. 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 not having a wrap to taking the wrap, the shortened brake travel must be taken into consideration.
What is the difference between an ION and a MENTOR?
The ION is less dynamic than the MENTOR. The Ion 3 is suitable for pilots desiring more comfort and a more relaxed feel while in the air. In comparison, the MENTOR is sportier.
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.
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.
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 use 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 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.
Scope of delivery
|Number of cells||–||31||31||31|
|Projected aspect ratio||–||3,61||3,61||3,6|
|Flat aspect ratio||–||5,12||5,12||5,12|
|Line diameter||mm||1,1 / 1,8 / 2,2|
|Total line length||m||323||338||352|
|Recommended take off weight||kg||70-150||80-160||85-170|
|Recommended take off weight (motor)||kg||70-150||80-160||85-170|