Nova Tattoo Paraglider

Some tables, some simple graphics and a great pic of the Nova Tattoo! Enjoy...

Canopy of the Nova Tattoo paraglider.
Judging by the copyright watermark on this picture, the photographer was probably the meticulous Gérard Florit.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 2
Size Designation S

Ever Flown This Wing?

If so, feel free to share anything you like about the experience here. What were your first impressions?

Please state your experience level, just to put your comments in perspective.

For example, you might be a low-time pilot flying a new wing for the first time and loving it!


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 3300 EUR
U.S. Dollars 4200 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 2200 GBP
Australian Dollars 5600 AUD
South African Rand 32400 ZAR
South Korean Won 4000000 KRW
Indian Rupees 194200 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-100 kg (178-221 lbs)
wing weight 6.0 kg (13.3 lbs)
wing area (flat) 24.7 m² (266 ft²)
wing area (projected) 21.6 m² (232 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.7 m (38 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.6 m (31 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 5.6
aspect ratio (projected) 4.3
min sink 1.1 m/s (216 fpm, 4.0 kph, 2.1 knts)
best glide ratio 8.6:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 38 kph (24 mph, 21 knts)
speed max 54 kph (34 mph, 29 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel average
agility average
spiral dive entry average
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 Tattoo. 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 Tattoo 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, white stripe, black leading edge

yellow, red stripe, black leading edge

blue, white stripe, orange leading edge

white, black stripe, orange leading edge


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