Test flight

The versatile fun machine (EN/LTF A)

Wherever you go

Light, high performance, fast, uncomplicated, safe and just pure fun: the IBEX 4 is a versatile, super-lightweight paraglider (from 3.0 kg) with a multitude of uses and an extraordinarily wide weight-range. It is suitable for hike & fly, travelling, recreational flying, mountaineering, flying under instruction and strong-wind soaring.

Complete suitability for everyday use. The IBEX 4 is not a lightweight design pushed to the absolute limits. Materials, details and design make it perfect for everyday flying. And of course it comes with the full NOVA guarantee package. You can use it as your everyday wing without any problems.

Amazing performance. We compared the IBEX 4 with the PRION 3 and discovered that with the same wing loading it glides better. And our team pilot Robert Schaller flew a 209 km FAI triangle on a PRION 3! The IBEX has the potential for such flights built in!

Tip: using the IBEX 4 for instruction. Easy launch characteristics and low weight make the IBEX 4 a training slope favourite. Then you can continue to use it as your first wing. When you progress, you will want to keep it as an additional wing for travelling and hike & fly.

Test flight

Concept – a complete new design

Of all the NOVA glider models, the IBEX 4 is the most versatile. The IBEX 4 is light with a small packing volume and offers the safety of an EN/LTF A-wing as well as very good glide performance for its classification.

In comparison to its predecessor, the IBEX 4 is a completely new design. It has been built using Diagonal Tape Ribs. Sewing these force vector optimised diagonal ribs requires more effort and high manufacturing precision, but they ensure a cleaner profile. This means the IBEX 4 performs better and feels very compact and balanced in the air. It is solid in flight and is really fun to fly.

Video – "Everywhere you go"

Target Group and Uses

Due to its very high level of passive safety, the IBEX 4 has been certified EN/LTF A across a very wide weight-range. It is therefore suitable for numerous uses.

  • Hike & Fly: low weight, small packing volume, simple launch characteristics, good performance, The IBEX 4 is a reliable partner in the mountains.
  • Recreational flying: the IBEX 4 is simple to launch, turns wonderfully and offers a high level of passive safety. Exactly what is needed for relaxed thermalling.
  • Travelling: there is little room in luggage and usually there are weight restrictions. At the destination, safe and wonderful flights are usually the gaol, rather than record-breaking endeavours. Perfect for the IBEX 4.
  • Instruction: easy take off characteristics and low weight make the IBEX 4 a training slope favourite.
  • Soaring: Flown at the top of the weight-range, the IBEX 4 offers a lot of fun flying in strong winds – whilst retaining a high level of passive safety.
  • Cross-country: in general, EN/LTF A wings are not primarily designed for cross-country flying. But the performance of the IBEX 4 is so good that cross-country flights can be undertaken without problems.

For additional queries, your NOVA dealer will be happy to advise on the correct wing and wing-size.

Weight-ranges

The IBEX 4 has been certified as an EN/LTF A wing in all sizes and weight-ranges. However, wing-loading does have a bearing on speed, sink rate, handling and how it feels in the air.
We recommend:

  • Relaxed = low wing-loading: for best sink rate and calm flying behaviour.
  • Standard = medium wing-loading: recreational flying, longer thermic flights and/or cross-country.
  • Dynamic = high wing-loading: flying in high mountains (when flying down and "getting off" are priorities), strong-wind soaring (e.g. at the coast) or generally more dynamic and higher speed.

Launch characteristics: extremely easy!

Whether you are launching from rough, alpine terrain when on a hike & fly tour or during your normal paragliding training day, simple launch characteristics are essential. From the simplicity with which the few lines are sorted to the ease of inflation. Just a light tug is enough and the wing climbs evenly above the pilot, without the tendency to overshoot.

The super-thin, sheathed PPSLS 65 lines make sorting them on the ground easy and they cause less drag in flight.

Useful information

Everything you need to know about the IBEX 4:

  • Low weight: the IBEX 4 is a very light wing (XS: 3.25 kg, 70–100 kg all-up weight) and amongst the safe lightweight wing class it has very good glide performance. The IBEX 4 glides better and flies faster than a single skin wing.
  • Simple is best: we have used as few lines as possible; all the main lines are sheathed. The ground handling and flying characteristics have been designed for maximum controllability.
  • The super-thin, sheathed PPSLS 65 lines make sorting them on the ground easy and they cause less drag in flight.
  • Fully guaranteed: one year of NOVA Protect, three years of guarantee. This is extended to four years if an NTT is performed.
  • NTT inclusive: pilots from Germany or Austria who register their wing at myNOVA within 14 days of purchase are entitled to our unique NOVA Trim Tuning – free of charge.

Compression Bag

The IBEX 4 is delivered with our popular Compression Bag instead of a traditional backpack. This noticeably reduces the packing volume and gives it a practical flat shape. The Compression Bag is also completely waterproof and protects the wing from moisture and sweat – very useful on vol-biv or hike & fly trips. Pack the wing as small as possible, place it in the compression bag, squeeze out the air, close the bag and use the valve to expel the remaining air.

The Compression Bag also protects the wing from body sweat, which can damage the coating of the cloth.

Please note: Never store the wing in the Compression Bag permanently. For this purpose we provide the conventional pack sack, which is also included with the IBEX 4.

Info on the Compression Bag ↗

Impressions

NOVA Team Pilot Werner Luidolt has undertaken many flights on a prototype IBEX 4 in France and Italy. He also knows the IBEX 3 very well:

"The IBEX 4 is super-easy to launch – especially on difficult, windy or tight take-offs. A really clear improvement are the new diagonal tape ribs. They ensure a much smoother flight and a more compact wing. The IBEX 4 is a real feel-good package for relaxed "hanging out" in the air, combined with surprising performance!"

Features

  • Simple handling: traditional risers (not twisty Dyneema strings)
  • Safety: colour-coded risers for left and right
  • Good for mountaineering: sheathed lines (except the gallery lines)
  • Easy handling: low weight and small packing volume
  • Simple handling: traditional risers (not twisty Dyneema strings)
  • Safety: colour-coded risers for left and right

MONTIS+

Combine your IBEX 4 with our super-light reversible hike & fly harness the MONTIS+ (from 1.3 kg, including back protector and rucksack). With an energy absorption value of 26 g and an airbag, which protects the pelvic and the back area, this harness offers a very high degree of passive safety for its type. And despite its low weight, it offers amazing comfort. The MONTIS is one of the best-selling lightweight harnesses.

配色

Orange
Red
White

定制色彩

This 3D model will assist you to see the approximate appearance of a custom colour. But please be aware: the actual colours may vary from the 3D model. For any queries, please contact your NOVA Partner or email us directly at vasb@abin.rh.

技术细节

技术参数

  XXS XS S M
气室数

36

投影翼展

7.76

8.16

8.54

8.9

投影面积

19

21

23

25

投影展弦比

3.17

平铺翼展

10.31

10.84

11.34

11.82

平铺面积

22.97

25.38

27.8

30.22

平铺展弦比

4.63

伞绳直径

0.76, 0.9, 0,95, 1.2, 1.3, 1.9

高度

6.11

6.42

6.72

7.01

总绳长

193

205.1

214.5

223.7

Max. profile depth

276.6

290

304.3

317

Min. profile depth

90.7

95.3

99.8

104

重量

3

3.25

3.5

3.75

Certified weight-range

55–90

70–100

75–110

80–120

Certification (EN & LTF)

A

A

A

A

材料

服务

FAQ

Yes, the IBEX 4 is highly suitable for hike & fly and mountaineering – though not exclusively. The IBEX series have always been versatile wings. The IBEX 4 even more so. It is a very light, compact and simultaneously high performing wing. With the IBEX 4 you can also have wonderful thermic flights and even go cross-country.

  • Hike & Fly
  • Travelling
  • Recreational flights/local soaring
  • Mountaineering
  • Instruction
  • Soaring: with heavy wing-loading it can be used in strong winds
  • Cross-country
  • Fun: with heavy wing-loading

When we started producing the IBEX in 2007, there were no certified single-surface gliders. The IBEX design had many excellent advantages as a mountaineering wing: low weight, small packing volume, it could be launched in tight, high alpine take-offs, quick inflation (because of the short lines), good performance, high speed (when flown with a higher wing-loading than conventional gliders) and therefore more suited to flying in strong winds.

Single skin gliders obviously weigh less and can be packed to take up less space. Anyone who just wants to quickly "jog" up the hill and fly down can be satisfied with a single skin. But there are still numerous advantages of the IBEX:

  • More speed
  • Better performance
  • Easier to land (flare)
  • More enjoyment because the wing is more solid
  • Completely suitable for everyday use

刹车绳是伞翼认证的组成部分——更改刹车绳,会影响伞的飞行特点和极端飞行情况下的反应。因此,我们强烈建议不要对刹车系统进行任何修改。在实际制动作用发生前,刹车绳有充足的行程是很重要的。这使得在使用加速系统时,伞翼不会自动刹车。此外,过短的刹车会对性能产生影响,甚至对意外发生时的恢复产生影响,比如在遇到塌陷时,或当伞翼进入降落伞失速时。

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 a 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. In 2015, our team pilot Robert Schaller flew a 209 km FAI triangle on a PRION 3. The IBEX 4 has even better performance than the PRION 3.

The speed depends greatly on the wing-loading. If you fly the IBEX 4 at the upper end of the weight-range, it will fly pretty fast – really good for strong wind soaring.

飞行员如何抓握刹车绳是一个个人偏好的问题——但这确实会对伞的操控感和飞行特性有显著影响。我们推荐“绕半圈”的方法。您将刹车手柄握在掌心,并将它纽绕手掌半圈,让刹车绳位于拇指和食指之间。这个方法让刹车行程缩短大约20厘米,同时能够积极有效地传达伞翼的反馈信息——首先,您可以直接感受刹车绳的运动行程;其次,手臂所处位置更高,更容易感受伞翼。基于人体工程学考虑,我们并不建议一直采用这种方法飞行,比如在滑行阶段,或其他并不需要靠刹车绳来转向的飞行阶段。请注意:抓握刹车绳时,从“不绕圈”到“绕圈”,必须要考虑相应缩短的刹车行程。

简单是我们的座右铭。我们的伞翼可以用长条袋来收叠,但这并不是必需的。原则上,我们所有的伞翼都可以被塞进伞包里。叠伞时,建议不要不必要地弯折结构支撑杆。需要把伞长时间存放不用时,尤其要注意这一点。此外,我们建议您小心呵护和使用您的爱伞。

伞布材料、伞绳和所有其他部件,在被用于批量生产前,都会经过严格的测试。我们不仅测试伞布的耐久性(紫外线损伤或使用损耗引起的高透气性或低抗撕裂性),还测试其机械坚固性,例如拉伸。出于质量控制目的,我们定期在批量生产过程中进行抽样检查。

当新伞投入使用时,伞绳就开始受力。这会让伞绳发生小程度的拉伸和收缩。这与伞绳制造商或工艺质量无关——在工厂里,所有的NOVA伞翼都接受了伞形调平,并且在极小的偏差范围内进行了预拉伸。为了修正伞绳的拉伸或收缩,我们建议伞翼在10-20趟飞行之后就接受NTT伞形修正——最迟不超过一年。通常来说,在最初的10-20个使用小时后,伞绳的长度就保持不变了。为了充分发挥NTT伞形修正的作用,NOVA鼓励所有飞行员在10-20个飞行小时后为伞翼做检查。

干燥,不要收叠得太紧;如果可能的话,放置在温差变化小的空间——这些都让我们的伞翼感觉良好。千万不要把伞存放在潮湿环境,同时也要避免过热的环境,比如,你可能会把伞放在车里。切勿使用化学清洁剂和/或刷子来清除污垢。

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  • Avoid UV rays: minimise its exposure to the sun!
  • Store the wing loosely folded, in a dry, dark place.
  • Never store a damp wing.
  • Don't drag the wing across the ground (especially the leading edge and rods).
  • Avoid sand and dust.
  • Never clean it with a hard brush or detergents.
  • If it is dirty, use a soft sponge and lots of water.