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Nova Ion 3

Performance for All

Feel-good intermediate | LTF B

The Ion 3 is the realisation of Nova's mission: to produce paragliders with excellent performance, that give a lot, but require little. Its handling is precise but at the same time forgiving. This makes the Ion 3 a wing for all occasions: a fun wing which turns like a dream; a cross country machine, tutor and gentle acrobat all in one. You can't get more out of a single paraglider.

Performance for All. The Ion 3 is a big leap forward: it outperforms the Ion 2 by more than half a glide ratio point and even performs better than the Mentor 2, which set the standard for cross country wings in the high-end EN-B class up to the end of 2012. How is this possible? Using increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive simulation software Nova are able to use the computer to make very detailed predictions as to how the wing will perform in the air. This allows us to manufacture simple wings with ever increasing performance. No other wing combines the characteristics of low aspect ratio, easy flight behaviour, performance and safety like the Ion 3. The Ion 3 offers unimaginable possibilities but at the same time it is remarkably gentle in its reaction to collapses. This is the reason Nova feels that the Ion 3 is their most efficient paraglider so far: beginners, old hands, recreational pilots and cross country hounds can equally take advantage of this revolutionary concept. Simply, performance for all.


Enjoy flight. Paragliders with a low aspect ratio are not only safer – they are more fun too. Why? Because of the greater turning moment and the large span, high aspect ratio can mean more demanding handling. And with a higher aspect ratio the chord is smaller and therefore the brake travel to the stall point is reduced. It is a fine art to match wing geometry to brake adjustment in such a way that safety and fun are in perfect harmony. With the Ion 3 Nova have achieved exactly that: long brake travel, but simultaneously it is agile and willing to turn when applying a small amount of brake, without being too demanding for the pilot. In comparison to the Ion 2, which set a number of standards in its class, the Ion 3 is the logical next step in Nova's aim to combine performance with fun. Brakes that stay efficient even in lively thermic air were particularly important to their test pilots. The Ion 3 carves a smooth turn. It greedily bites into the turn even in the roughest thermal; at the same time it is even more stable in roll than its predecessor.

NOVA SmartCellsSimplicity and Innovation. From Nova's foundation it has been their mission to produce paragliders which are as simple, but also as powerful, as possible. In many ways simple ideas are an advantage, especially in the air. The reactions of the wing are more predictable. The pilot knows what to expect. The Ion 3 follows this tradition of innovative simplicity. It gains its advantages not primarily from increasing complexity, but from increased knowledge – in other words, real innovation. This includes Nova's know-how in analysis and simulation processes, which permits them to better develop paragliders as a whole. One visible result of this analytical work is SmartCells, a new innovation in paragliding. The cells are of variable width, depending on their load. This has a positive impact on performance and handling. As already featured on the Mentor 3, the Ion 3 has double 3D-Shaping. Air Scoop was included in the Rookie and has been further developed to increase the internal pressure during accelerated flight – this increases performance and resistance to collapses. Therefore the Ion 3 is a big leap in progress.


The Ion 3 technology

NOVA SmartCells. Why build all the cells the same when the load on them is different? Irregular loading leads to warping and deforming during flight and this negatively affects the performance of the wing. SmartCells counteract these mechanical strength problems. In the Ion 3 the cell widths have been adapted to the load – basically, intelligent cells. Thanks to this feature the Ion 3 flies more calmly, it feels more solid and glides better.

Double 3D-Shaping. 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 (cells are round, not straight). Curvature over two radiuses leads to creases, which are counteracted by smaller segments of sail and several seams. Double 3D-Shaping reduces creasing and improves the performance of the paraglider.

Air Scoop. Since the Rookie Nova's design team has been working on an optimised air intake, which increases the internal wing pressure. Nova’s Air Scoop principle is similar to the ram-air inlet duct on a sports car. Increased airflow causes higher pressure. Higher internal pressure in a paraglider means improved performance through increased structural stability and collapse resistance.

Genuine three-liner. The line concept for the Ion 3 was started from scratch. As on the Mentor, there are line attachment points on every third rib. In comparison to the Ion 2, the Ion 3 is a genuine three-liner without a line set to the D area. The number of gallery lines has been reduced from ten to seven. Sorting the lines is even easier than on the Ion 2. The upper gallery lines are unsheathed, which enhances performance. Conversely, the sheathing on the main lines gives them their customary robustness.

Low aspect ratio. When discussing the passive safety of paragliders, aspect ratio is not the only, but nevertheless an important, factor. A high aspect ratio favours cravats after asymmetric collapses, generally shortens brake travel and normally makes wings more difficult to fly. In comparison to the Ion 2, the aspect ratio on the Ion 3 is lower. Nova’s analytical tools permit us to build performance wings even with a low aspect ratio.


Wings for flyweights



As with its predecessor, the Ion 2, Nova wanted to produce an Ion 3 in the XXS size, with a weight range beginning at 55kg. It was important to them not just to scale down a large wing, but to take into consideration the technical peculiarities of small wings. For example, their 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 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 XXS shows its impressive agility. This is Nova's contribution to equal opportunities in flying. Simply, performance for all.


Ion 3






LTF homologation





CEN homologation





Take off weight (kg) min./max.

incl. Equipment

55-80 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130


49 49 49 49 49

Wing area (m²)

22,1 24,59 26,99 29,44 32,06

Wing area projected (m²)

18,56 20,65 22,58 24,63 26,82

Wing span (m)

10,61 11,19 11,73 12,25 12,78

Projected wing span (m)

8,17 8,62 8,99 9,39 9,80

Aspect ratio

5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09

Projected aspect ratio

3,58 3,58


3,58 3,58

Glider weight (kg)

4,9 5,3 5,7 6,1 6,5

Number of seats

1 1 1 1 1

Line lenght (m)

6,22 6,56 6,89 7,18 7,49

Line consumption (m)

219 232 243 254 265

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