Test flight

High-Tech for the EN B Class

MENTOR 6 - Extend your Range

For many years the MENTOR series has been synonymous with top performance in the EN B class. The MENTOR 6 continues this tradition, complementing the strengths of its predecessors with innovations that enhance its performance even more. Broaden your horizons with the master in its class.

Inner values. What makes the MENTOR 6 so special is the increased accelerated glide, smooth trailing edge, new risers, durable but lightweight cloth, aerodynamically optimised 3D-shaped seams and an intuitive handling with less brake pressure. We decided not to place any limitations on our ambition and have added many detailed solutions which are completely new to the EN B class. A sports intermediate for cross-country and fun flying, the MENTOR 6 will help you to reach your goals faster - especially when accelerated. The Thermik magazine puts it this way in its test report: "Thanks to its extraordinary feedback in upper speed-range, the wing virtually invites 8- to 10-hour XC-flights, while the pilot pushes the bar uncompromisingly and achieves very high average speed – the ultimate XC-machine!

The MENTOR promise. Maintaining the same aspect ratio and high degree of passive safety, in comparison to the MENTOR 5 we have been able to improve the glide performance and the handling. We were able to achieve both with the use of innovative features such as Zig-Zag 3D-Shaping, the innovative Mini-Rib Vector Tape, Double-B Splits and newly designed risers. The MENTOR 6 handling is very intuitive, it has pleasantly light brake pressure and when circling in a thermal it is both teacher and a wing you can really crank in. The design work on this glider covered the minutest detail but we still recognised the bigger picture: a reworked curvature and a smooth trailing edge when braking give the MENTOR 6 the final polish.

Smart details. Often it is the small changes which have a big impact on the satisfaction we have with a paraglider. On the MENTOR 6 we used internal mini-rib seams and improved cloth to ensure the wing is more resilient and durable when it is in contact with the ground. Another added bonus are the Ronstan ball bearing pulleys on the speed-system, which reduce the effort when accelerating. Additionally, the differentiated A3 riser transmission ensures an optimised wing twist in accelerated flight which makes the wing more stable.

Test flight

In flight

Short and compact

Zig-Zag 3D-Shaping. As well as the double 3D-shaped seams, there is an additional diagonal 3D-shaped seam on every cell. This forms a striking zig-zag pattern. This seam doesn’t run in the direction of the spanwise force. This means the seam runs more cleanly and is more aerodynamically advantageous. This feature reduces creases on the leading edge.

Mini-Rib Vector Tape. Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus provide an aerodynamically more favourable trailing edge. In the MENTOR 6 there is an additional vector tape traversing through a hole in each mini-rib. This tape reduces the crease that is created when braking. In this way both the climb rate and handling are improved. Additionally, there is a brake gathering system on the trailing edge. This means that the MENTOR 6 has a clean, smooth trailing edge even when brake is applied.

Double-B splits. Similar to the double-A splits in two-liners, the double-B splits allow for a better load distribution in the chord direction. This means more stability and fewer creases between the individual line areas.

New risers. The MENTOR 6 risers are a redesign of the Speedbrake Riser. They ensure that the B-line area is also shortened when the C-line area is pulled during accelerated flight. The advantage is that the when using C-steering, there is no performance-limiting crease between the B-line and C-line areas, which is otherwise typical in three-liners. The MENTOR 6 is delivered with these new risers, so there is no need to additionally install the Speedbrake Risers. The new riser is practical and fits comfortably in your hand, whether you are ground handling or preparing to launch.

Read more about the risers in our News & Stories section.

Ergonomic brake handles. We have developed new brake handles, and the MENTOR 6 is the first wing to be fitted with them. They have an ergonomic shape and are comfortable to use.

Features

Pilot target group

The MENTOR 6 is a paraglider with impressive performance which has – in the hands of an experienced pilot – a very manageable handling and extreme flight behaviour. Flying the MENTOR 6 does require a level of skill. Although certified as EN B, the MENTOR 6 is not suitable for beginners and occasional pilots. But any pilot with the ambition to advance their sound flying knowledge to another level will find a perfect partner in the MENTOR 6. Particularly experienced cross-country pilots who like to fly at top speed for long flights will love the enhanced performance of this glider.

Would you like to know if this is the right wing for you or would you like to test fly one? In both cases the best person to contact is your local NOVA dealer.

The MENTOR experience

Technology

Technical data

  Dimension XXS Light XS S M L
Number of cells   59
Projected span m 8,5 8,9 9,4 9,8 10,2
Projected area 18,2 20,2 22,2 24,2 26,2
Projected aspect ratio   3,9
Flat span m 10,8 11,4 11,9 12,4 13,0
Flat area 21,5 23,8 26,2 28,5 30,9
Flat aspect ratio   5,43
Line diameter mm 0,7 / 0,8 / 1,0 / 1,2 / 1,3
Line length m 6,4 6,7 7,1 7,4 7,7
Total line length m 235 248 260 271 282
Max. chord m 2,46 2,59 2,71 2,83 2,95
Min. chord m 0,44 0,47 0,49 0,51 0,53
Weight kg 3,45 4,8 5,05 5,3 5,55
Recommended take off weight kg 60-80 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130
Certification (EN/LTF)   B B B B B

Materials

Service

Best Flights

Scope of delivery

Colours

Blue
Aqua
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.

FAQ

Where the glider is flown in the weight-range is first and foremost a question of personal preference: anyone seeking a high degree of agility and dynamic flying should fly our wings at the higher end of the weight-range. Pilots who are happier with gentle flights with a high degree of damping will be happier in the middle of the weight-range. Of course, the flying conditions have a big influence - in turbulent, windy conditions greater wing loading will bring greater stability; whereas flying the glider at the lower end of the weight-range makes it unbeatable in weak thermals. Correct wing loading is mainly a question of personal preference and the conditions in which you mainly fly. Your Nova dealer will be happy to advise you!

The brakes are components relevant to certification - modification can affect the flying characteristics and extreme flight behaviour. Because of this, we strongly advise against any modification of the brake system. It is important that the brake has sufficient travel before it engages. This is also important so that the wing does not brake automatically when the speed bar is used. Furthermore a brake that engages too early affects performance and influences the recovery during incidents, for example during a collapse or when the canopy goes parachutal.

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 the 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.

The way a pilot holds the brake handles is a matter of personal preference - but it does have significant influence on the handling and flying characteristics of the wing. We recommend a half-wrap. You hold the brake handle in your palm and twist it half way around your hand so that the brake line lies between your thumb and forefinger. This shortens the brake travel by approximately 20 centimetres and this has a positive effect on feedback - firstly you directly feel the travel of the brake line and secondly, with the arms positioned higher, it is easier to feel the wing. The exception is of course when gliding or during other phases of the flight when steering with the brake is not necessary. Please note: when changing from no-wrap to half-wrap, the shortened brake travel must be taken into consideration.

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.

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.

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 use make full use of the NTT, Nova encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.

Dry, not packed too tightly and if possible in a space without wide temperature variations - these are the conditions that make our paragliders feel well. You should never store a wing when it is moist. You should also avoid excessive heat, like you would have, for example, in the car. Never remove dirt using chemical detergents and/or brushes.