Test flight

Certification: EN/LTF C

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.

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.

In flight

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.

The SECTOR experience – The perfect day

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."

Features

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

Review - Thermik Magazin

Thermik Magazin is the leading paragliding magazine for the German speaking countries. Here you can download a PDF file of their review (German) of the SECTOR.

Summery: Nova offers a sports class wing that is appealing to a wide range of paraglider pilots. Pilots stepping up from a B-wing will feel just as comfortable as an ambitious sport class pilot who wants to rely on higher passive safety in the future. Of course, you will have to enjoy this relaxed feeling - whoever is searching for a thrill should look elsewhere. Nevertheless, the SECTOR will be a relieble companion for XC pilots of all kind, delivering high performance for epic cross-country adventure. Surely, there will be someone within the NOVA family trying to break records with the SECTOR.

Thanks to Thermik-Magazin for the permission to publish this review.

技术细节

技术参数

  XS     S M L
气室数 67
投影翼展 9,19     9,65 10,09 10,52
投影面积 19,31     21,31 23,32 25,32
投影展弦比 4,37
平铺翼展 11,59     12,17 12,73 13,27
平铺面积 22,69     25,03 27,39 29,75
平铺展弦比 5,92
伞绳直径 0,6 / 0,8 / 1,0 /1,2
高度 6,72     7,06 7,39 7,70
总绳长 238     250 262 273
最大弦长 241,06     253,20 264,80 276,00
最小弦长 37,98     39,90 41,70 43,50
重量 3,80     4,10 4,40 4,70
推荐飞行全重 70-90     80-100 90-110 100-130
认证 (EN/LTF) C     C C C

材料

服务

Best Flights

Speedbrake Riser

配色

Lime
Orange
Purple
Red

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.

FAQ

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。

性能数据在很大程度上取决于飞行员所制造的阻力,这跟他们的坐姿和座袋类型有关。符合空气动力学的流线型座袋或坐姿可以让滑翔比相差一个点。NOVA团队从来不确定绝对的性能数据,而是通过做参照的伞翼来进行比对。因此,我们不发布性能数据。

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。

最好联系正式授权的NOVA经销商。如果你所在的国家没有滑翔伞学校,请联系NOVA进口商。我们的经销商和分销网络列表请点击这里。如果你有特殊问题,也欢迎直接联系我们。