Nova Sector

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Nova Sector Paraglider SECTOR – For Your Perfect Day

The SECTOR is a performance XC wing with comparatively low aspect ratio, with substantial, totally usable performance and excellent handling. Like the MENTOR in the standard class, the SECTOR is the mile-eater of the sports class.

TECHNICAL DATA

Size

XS

S

M

L

No of cells 67 67 67 67
Projected wingspan 9.19 9.65 10.09 10.52
Projected surface area 19.31 21.31 23.32 25.32
Projected aspect ratio 4.37 4.37 4.37 4.37
Flat wingspan 11.59 12.17 12.73 13.27
Flat surface area 22.69 25.03 27.39 29.75
Flat aspect ratio 5.92 5.92 5.92 5.92
Line diameter 0.6 / 0.8 / 1.0 /1.2
Line length 6.72 7.06 7.39 7.7
Line consumption 238 250 262 273
max. profile depth 241.06 253.2 264.8 276
min. profile depth 37.98 39.9 41.7 43.5
Weight 3.8 4.1 4.4 4.7
Legal take-off weight 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130
Places 1 1 1 1
certification LTF C C C C
certification EN C C C C

COLOURS

Standard colours: Lime; Orange; Purple; Red.

Standard Colours: Lime | Orange | Purple | Red

SECTOR – for your perfect XC day!

The inspiration – the mile-eaters of the sports class. For nearly a decade, the MENTOR has been the benchmark in LTF/EN B cross-country wings and it wins everything that can be won. With the new SECTOR we have taken the same approach – but in the sports class (EN C). The low aspect-ratio (5.92) is the basis for a high level of passive safety and confidence-inspiring flying characteristics. Coupled with a precise handling, the SECTOR offers an impressively high level of totally usable performance.
Performance comparison. Years ago we stopped detailing absolute performance figures. Instead, we make comparisons with well-established models. Comparative flights with the MENTOR 5 showed 0.7 to 0.8 better glide points – with a very flat polar curve and high top-speed. It also clearly tops the TRITON 2. The SECTOR needs not be afraid of any comparison.

Thermal flying – balanced and uncomplicated.

Immediately after take off the pilot will feel a solid wing with a high comfort factor. And this happy feeling continues when initiating a turn. Short brake travel with very moderate pressure results in direct and precise responses to brake inputs. Whether the thermals are large and weak or small and strong, the SECTOR will climb in anything. It will master all turns and angles of bank. Its main strengths are balance and simplicity.

Totally usable performance – it’s a confidence thing. What is the use of having great performance in the morning, when there is no wind, if the wing is tossed about in turbulent air on a mega XC day? Pitch, roll, yaw or a continually deforming wing reduce the performance. The advantage of the SECTOR is the totally usable performance – like on the MENTOR. Even in strong thermals it stays solid. The SECTOR also inherited the MENTOR’s stability at full-speed. The SECTOR gives cross-country pilots real confidence – a really important prerequisite for long-distance flights.

Requirements

In terms of the technical data, the SECTOR is nearly exactly positioned between the MENTOR 5 and the TRITON 2.

The same applies to the pilot target group. Any pilot who has a handle on their MENTOR and wishes to have more performance and that “EN C feeling” in handling will love the SECTOR. In comparison to the TRITON 2, clearly the SECTOR requires less active flying – but this does not change the fact that this is a sports class wing.

For queries about the suitability of the wing for you, your NOVA dealer will be happy to assist.

Little weight – compact packing volume

In size M (90–110 kg), the SECTOR only weighs 4.4 kg! This nearly puts it in the specialist lightweight wing market. We did not, however, make this a radical lightweight construction. The internal wing construction has been analysed and optimised for strength and then made lighter by using Triple Tape Diagonals. The risers are ‘normal’, but light and slim. Our cloth choice is a clever compromise of durability and lightness. This means the SECTOR is absolutely usable for hike & fly and vol biv.Of course, the SECTOR comes with all NOVA guarantees and services.

Further design details

Diagonal Tape Ribs are lightweight and ensure a stable structure (as used on the PHANTOM). Although more complicated to manufacture, they ensure better form stability without adding weight.Automatic speed-bar stabilisation when accelerated: The outer A-line is re-routed over a pulley. This means that when using the speed-bar, the inner A-lines are fully accelerated and the outer A-lines are accelerated by 50%. The result is more wing stability and less tendency to yaw.
Low Drag Brake: The Low Drag Brake on the SECTOR looks unusual, but in the course of the wing’s development we found it to be the optimal solution- both in terms of the number of line attachment points (fewer lines = more performance) and in terms of the brake pressure, sink rate when turning and steering characteristics.Easy Packing: Many current sports class wings have a complex construction with long rods and a multitude of reinforcements. For the SECTOR we applied the NOVA motto: “Keep paragliding simple”. Apart from the kink resistant nylon rods in the leading edge, we were able to avoid using any other reinforcements. The SECTOR doesn’t require a concertina bag.

Further design details

Diagonal Tape Ribs are lightweight and ensure a stable structure (as used on the PHANTOM). Although more complicated to manufacture, they ensure better form stability without adding weight.Automatic speed-bar stabilisation when accelerated: The outer A-line is re-routed over a pulley. This means that when using the speed-bar, the inner A-lines are fully accelerated and the outer A-lines are accelerated by 50%. The result is more wing stability and less tendency to yaw.
Low Drag Brake: The Low Drag Brake on the SECTOR looks unusual, but in the course of the wing’s development we found it to be the optimal solution- both in terms of the number of line attachment points (fewer lines = more performance) and in terms of the brake pressure, sink rate when turning and steering characteristics.Easy Packing: Many current sports class wings have a complex construction with long rods and a multitude of reinforcements. For the SECTOR we applied the NOVA motto: “Keep paragliding simple”. Apart from the kink resistant nylon rods in the leading edge, we were able to avoid using any other reinforcements. The SECTOR doesn’t require a concertina bag.

Impressions

Peter Gebhard, X-Alps finisher (2013, 5th place) and former PWC competition pilot commented after testing the SECTOR in the Dolomites:”Launches easy, flies, climbs and turns well! I would describe the brake as rather short (for an EN C wing) with moderate brake pressure.”

Attribute

Everything you need to know about the SECTOR:

  • Low aspect ratio – high level of really usable performance
  • Short brake travel – moderate brake pressure
  • Balanced thermalling characteristics with exceptionally good climb rate
  • Stable on bar – flat polar
  • Lightweight construction – small packing volume, little weight, improved take off characteristics
  • First place in national XC Championships 2018 in the sport class in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

TECHNOLOGY

Moderate Aspect Ratio

Less stretch – more safety. The aspect ratio of a paraglider is not the only factor in the passive safety of a wing, but it is a very significant one. That’s why Nova paragliders are only stretched as necessary. As much as necessary, as little as possible, is Nova constructive credo.

Double 3D Shaping

Flat profile nose. Anyone who tries to fold a piece of paper around a ball will notice that there are always creases. The nose profile of a paraglider is the same – the sail cloth has to adjust to both the profile and ballooning effect (cells are round, not straight). Double 3D Shaping uses additional seams to reduce creasing and therefore increases the performance of the wing.

Diagonal Tape Ribs

Higher profile fidelity, less weight. For diagonal tape, ribs are manufactured from various strips, which are directionally cut in accordance with their Ripstop threads. The manufacturing process involved more effort and precision, but they ensure a cleaner profile, which means more performance.

Easy Packing

Comfort on the ground. All NOVA paragliders are made to be easy to use. For packing, you can use a concertina bag, but it is not essential. Nova extensive experience with rods has taught them that the packing method has little influence on the durability of the wing. Bent rods quickly spring back into their original shape.

Low Drag Brake

Better handling- greater performance. On a paraglider, pilots are accustomed to seeing a trailing edge that is as straight as possible. However, during Nova glider tests they discovered that on some models more brake pressure is required; the handling is worse; the aerodynamic thus the performance is negatively influenced because morel line meters means more drag.

The Low Drag Brake foregoes the perfect look in favour of handling and performance.

Genuine Three-Liner

Less is more. Nova’s idea of a three-liner with a reduced amount of line length allows them to construct wings with very good performance and a high degree of passive safety. The way Nova has conceptualised the lines has made it possible to manufacture wings which are collapse resistant; but when they do collapse, the collapsed area is generally less extensive. This significantly improves the wing’s extreme flight behaviour.

Weight Optimised

Light and durable. Paragliders in the Weight-optimised category are lighter than conventional paragliders – but offer the same mechanical stability and durability. These wings are lighter to carry, easier to launch and are therefore suitable for hike & fly. Weight-optimised is aimed at pilots who appreciate lightweight without compromising on durability.

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