Test flight

Three-liner | 49 cells | 5.17 aspect ratio | Weight 4.75 kg - Size S (EN/LTF A)

AONIC - Take your skills to “A” higher level

The high-end EN A paraglider AONIC impresses with sportiness and performance, which is not usually found with EN A gliders - and is nevertheless suitable for instruction due to its high level of safety.

A fresh breeze for the EN A class. The AONIC paves the way to the upper end of the EN A class. From the first day in the air. It is therefore ideal for ambitious paragliding students - and all pilots who want to consciously hone their skills within the EN A class. Is the change to an EN B wing inevitable at some point? Not necessarily. With an aspect ratio of 5.17, 49 cells and a minimalist line set design, the AONIC offers performance and handling like an EN B class wing, but with a plus in safety. This also makes it attractive for pilots who want to change to an EN A wing. Good reasons to do this are plentiful. Foremost is the desire for relaxed flying - always, everywhere and without missing anything.

Going places together. During the testing phase, special attention was paid to making the AONIC easily accessible and versatile. The AONIC offers intuitive handling, high passive safety and a pleasant pinch of agility and speed - a mixture with a lot of potential for adventure - thanks to its elaborate technical design and an optimisation of the material down to the last detail. Anyone who learns to fly with the AONIC will continue to enjoy their glider for a long time after their training is completed. Be it SIV/pilotage, XC flights, travel or simply soaring the local mountain.

Keeping all options open. With the AONIC it is easy to gain a lot of flight experience within the EN A class. Which is always an advantage - not only if you decide to move up to the EN B class later or if you get to the point where you want to specialise in a particular branch in paragliding. Hike & fly, cross-country, competition, acro - if at any time one of these branches of the sport becomes YOUR passion, then the AONIC is certainly a great first wing to ensure solid preparation. If the broad spectrum of paragliding is still your goal, you never need to part ways with the AONIC.

Head free for the essentials. Of course, feeling comfortable with your wing starts before you take off - e. g. with easy to sort lines, thanks to sheathed main lines and only very few gallery lines. The AONIC's combination of Dyneema A and B-lines, and the C main lines and gallery lines being made from Kevlar, means small diameter and high trim stability. The risers were designed especially for this wing and the lines used during maneuvers like big ears and a B-line stall are marked. We also use the colour scheme recommended by the PMA for both the risers and the lines: A = red, B = yellow, C = blue, brake = orange, stabilo line = green. The coloured markings for right and left also make it easier to check whether you have correctly attached yourself to the harness. And talking of harnesses… our versatile VENTUS is the ideal harness for the AONIC.

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The AONIC can be delivered with optional Student Risers and Adjustable Handles.

If you prefer less skinny risers, you can alternatively order our renowned Student Risers. These are also found on, for example, our EN A PRION 4 and therefore are commonly used in flying schools. They feature wider webbing (20 mm instead of 12 mm) which make sorting them easier when ground handling and preparing for launch and they have the same markings as the regular AONIC risers. The Student Risers are always delivered with Adjustable Handles. These are innovative brake handles that can be individually adjusted to the pilot's hands and thus facilitate correct gripping. This design was created in co-operation with the DHV. The Adjustable Handles are also available separately or in combination with the standard risers of the AONIC.

Pilot target group

The AONIC (EN/LTF A) offers maximum speed, manoeuvrability and glide performance within the A class - without neglecting the high safety requirements of a paraglider suitable for instruction. The AONIC is perfect for students who quickly develop a good feeling for ground handling and for their initial flights on practice slopes. Once in the air, the fact that it is a high-end EN A becomes immediately obvious: control inputs are converted quickly and with momentum. The speed-system also lives up to its name, without drastically increasing the sink rate - which is often dreaded with EN A wings. We recommend pilots in training to fly the AONIC in the middle of the weight range. For experienced pilots, the upper range of the certified take off weight is also suitable.

Short and compact

New design. The central design element is the sweep, which visually emphasises the aspect ratio of the wing, complemented by a differently coloured banderole on the outer wing. The product and brand name can be seen on the banderoles. What is special about the banderole is that its placement and composition across several cells varies slightly from model to model.

3D-Shaping. In 3D-shaping, a seam on the upper surface extends over the entire span and reduces the amount of folds caused by the curvature over two axes. Two axes, because the sail cloth has to align to the profile form and the ballooning also determines a radius which the cloth also has to follow. What is ballooning? The internal pressure of the glider is higher than the external pressure at almost all points of the upper and lower surface. This determines how the cell inflates. The resulting "bulge" of the cell is called "ballooning".

Air Scoop. Air Scoop is the term used to describe an adjustment of the cell opening that ensures that the intake surface is less reduced when flying at high speed. The idea is similar to the ram-air inlet duct on a sports car: the more intake area the more charging and internal pressure. It improves the collapse resistance, particularly in accelerated flight, and simultaneously increases performance. This feature enhances both safety and performance.

Weight-optimised cloth. We not only test the sail cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production.

Simple line set design. The AONIC only has two line galleries: main lines and gallery lines, but there is no middle gallery. This means only very few line elements and as a result, they are very simple to sort.

Re-designed risers. The AONIC risers are a combination of the risers used on our well-established PRION and ION models. From the former, we took the distinctive colour-coding (big ears, B-line stall), from the latter the somewhat narrower and lighter material.

Ergonomic brake handles. We first developed the new brake handles for the MENTOR 6, and they have been so popular that they also feature on the AONIC. The new brake handles have an ergonomic design and are comfortable to handle.

Quote from Rolf

Since years, Rolf von Arx is a very successful Swiss cross-country pilot within the B-class. Out of sheer curiosity, he tried our high-A wing AONIC – and was completely astonished. He calls it “The AONIC experience”. Rolf: “My AONIC-experience started with a very easy and “fool-proof” launch. (…) I was surprised of the very good rise in partly only weak late winter lift, which I experienced during my first test flight. The wing picked up on it neutral. It was rising accurate and in need of little pressure on the breaks while demanding moderate steering input. If you ask me, I’d say it’s best to fly this wing at the upper weight range when in the mountains - this will play to its strength. Even heavy loaded the AONIC thermals very good while staying really smooth and without feeling too damped.”

Read more about Rolf’s test flight in our Blog.

The AONIC experience

Technology

Technical data

  XXS XS S M L
Number of cells

49

Projected span 8,09 8,5 8,89 9,28 9,68
Projected area 18,87 20,84 22,76 24,82 27,02
Projected aspect ratio 3,47
Flat span 10,75 11,29 11,8 12,32 12,86
Flat area 22,32 24,64 26,92 29,35 31,95
Flat aspect ratio 5,17
Line length 6,28 6,6 6,9 7,21 7,52
Total line length 220 232 243 252 266
Max. chord 2,58 2,71 2,85 2,97 3,1
Weight 4,05 4,4 4,75 5,05 5,4
Recommended take off weight 55-80 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130
Certification (EN/LTF) A A A A A

Materials

Service

Colours

Blue
Gold
Green
Red

Customise your wing

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.

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Scope of delivery

FAQ

Simplicity is our motto. Our wings can be packed using a concertina bag, but it is not essential. In principle, all our wings can just be stuffed in a packsack. When the wing is folded it is recommended not to bend the rods unnecessarily. This is particularly true if the wing is to be stored for longer periods. Furthermore, we recommend careful handling of your wing.

During the initial flights the lines are first subjected to load. This load induces a small degree of stretching and shrinking. These are not associated with the line manufacturers or the quality of workmanship - in the factory all NOVA paragliders are trimmed and pre-stretched to within a very low tolerance. To adjust this stretching or shrinking, we recommend that the wing is taken for NTT (NOVA Trim Tuning) after ten to twenty flights - after one year at the very latest. Generally, the line lengths remain constant after the first ten to twenty hours. To make full use of the NTT, NOVA encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

Sail cloth, lines and all other components are subjected to rigorous testing before they are used in serial production. We not only test the sail cloth for durability (high porosity or reduced tear resistance through UV damage or wear) but also for mechanical robustness, for example stretching. For quality control purposes we regularly take samples during serial production.

  • 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.

The PRION 4 is a classic EN A wing designed to be as easy to control as possible while offering maximum security. With a great deal of success… Many flight schools have been using this proven model for four PRION generations. The design, materials and trim of the AONIC have enabled it to react faster to control inputs and to glide even better. It is also EN/LTF A certified, but requires slightly more pilot skill. Many pilots would therefore refer to the AONIC as a high-end EN A.

The IBEX 4 is a lightweight glider suitable for instruction and is close to the AONIC in terms of versatility. However, the IBEX is a little more about low weight, small pack size and flying down into the valley - whereas the AONIC's construction is specially optimised for thermal and cross-country flights as well as the use of the speed-system.

The DOUBLESKIN is a particularly lightweight paraglider with EN/LTF A (partly EN B in the extended weight range), which we do not recommend for instruction or frequent ground handling due to the more sensitive material. It is aimed at pilots who want a glider specifically for hike & fly.