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Nova Tycoon Paraglider

Some tables, some simple graphics and a great pic of the Nova Tycoon! It's not often you come across a certified competition wing!

Canopy of the Nova Tycoon paraglider.
Now there's a high aspect-ratio wing! Picture from Nova, used with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 2-3
Size Designation S


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 3800 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4800 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2600 GBP
Australian Dollars 6300 AUD
South African Rand 35500 ZAR
South Korean Won 4540000 KRW
Indian Rupees 216100 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-100 kg (178-221 lbs)
wing weight 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs)
wing area (flat) 24.3 m² (261 ft²)
wing area (projected) 21.6 m² (232 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.5 m (41 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.0 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 6.4
aspect ratio (projected) 4.8
min sink 1.0 m/s (197 fpm, 3.6 kph, 1.9 knts)
best glide ratio 9.8:1 wow
speed min 24 kph (15 mph, 13 knts)
speed trim 39 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 55 kph (34 mph, 30 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel average
agility average
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit turn continues through 180 - 360 degrees
landing behavior average
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
All the above were recorded when this Nova paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the Nova Tycoon. I hope this approach is useful for getting a good idea of the colors when quickly comparing wings. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge. You might be able to get a detailed look at one of the color schemes from the manufacturer's picture at the top of this page. The Tycoon has the same color on upper and lower leading edges. Also, for each color scheme, the underside is white except for the leading edge.

red, black stripe, yellow leading edge

yellow, red stripe, black leading edge

blue, white stripe, orange leading edge

white, black stripe, orange leading edge

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