More paraglider. The PRION 3 is full of features which make it very safe but it also has lots of performance. Whether you are doing top-to-bottoms, crossing valleys or attempting FAI triangles - the PRION 3 is simple to fly and convinces with its playful handling and impressive performance. There are no limits to your adventures.
Light and progressive. Less weight, same durability: the PRION 3 is a weight-optimised wing that is also tough. The outer shell is made of robust material but the glider weight is reduced through lightweight materials and innovative structural design inside the wing. The result is a wing that is light to carry, easy to launch but still tough and durable.
Simple and safe. Like its predecessors, the PRION 3 is brilliantly simple: few lines means easy sorting. The low aspect ratio of 4.7 means a high degree of passive safety. The handling is agile and also balanced, which helps pilots during all phases of a flight. Other safety features are the thoughtfully designed riser and adjustable brake handles.
The record wing
On the 11th of August, Robert Schaller flew a 209 km FAI-triangle on a PRION 3 – the highest score so far on an EN-A certified paraglider. The 25-year-old student launched from Grente (South Tyrol), set his turnpoints near Grossglockner Mountain, west of Wilder Freiger (southern end of Stubai valley) and in the Badia valley (South Tyrol). He landed after 8:43 near St. Martin in Badia valley. He achieved this with an average speed of 24 km/h.
The PRION 3 is a good-natured wing with simple and balanced flying characteristics, which makes it the perfect paraglider for newcomers and improvers. The PRION 3 convinces with complete simplicity when sorting lines, its launch characteristics and when turning. Thanks to its excellent performance, there is good potential for cross-country flights.
PRION 3 specification
- the risers are differentiated by colours: red (left) and green (right). This colour coding also features on the ALTUS harness. This helps to avoid clipping in the wrong way.
- The PRION 3 is fitted with an Adjustable Handle as standard. This is an innovative brake handle, which can be individually adjusted to the pilot's hand and this makes it easier to hold in the correct position. The Adjustable Handle was developed in collaboration with the DHV.
- The risers and lines follow the PMA recommended colour scheme: A = red, B = yellow, C = blue, brake = orange, stabilo line = green.
- Inside the wing, the PRION 3 is weight-optimised, which makes it easier to carry, easier to launch and smoother in extreme flight. For more information see the Weight Optimised section below.
- The PRION 3 is full of NOVA's innovations like Smart Cells or Double 3D Shaping - for more information see the Technologies section below.
Safety Wing Tips
Locked-in spirals are a significant risk in paragliding. To reduce the risk of such a locked-in spiral we have fitted the PRION 3 with Safety Wing Tips. These are specially angled wing tips, which assist when exiting a spiral. When the brake pressure is reduced, the PRION 3 has a tendency to right itself to a normal flying attitude.
The Safety Wing Tips of the PRION 3 assist the righting moment and therefore the passive safety of the wing.
|Number of cells||39|
|Projected aspect ratio||3,3|
|Flat area|| |
|Flat aspect ratio||4,66|
|Line diameter||1 / 1,4 / 1,85|
|Total line length||213||226||240||252|
|Recommended take off weight||55-85||75-100||90-110||100-130|
|Leading edge:||DOKDO 30DMF|
|Top surface:||DOKDO 30DMF|
|Lower sail:||DOKDO 30DMF|
|Profile ribs (suspended):||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard|
|Profile ribs (unsuspended):||DOKDO 20 DMF|
|Main lines:||PPSL 275, TSL 280, PPSL 160|
|Gallery lines:||Cousin 85 / DSL 70|
|Brake lines:||Cousin 85|
|Risers:||20mm Güth Wolf|
Every NOVA paraglider comes with a big package of extra services and guarantees. When you buy the wing you get more than just the product1.
During the initial flights the lines are subjected to real loads for the first time. This leads to stretching and shrinking - regardless of which line material is used. During NOVA Trim Tuning² our software analyses how out of trim the glider has become and then calculates the required correction values. Trim Tuning aids safety and increases your flying fun.
After purchasing the wing and successfully registering it at myNOVA, you are provided with one year fully comprehensive insurance (excess: 63.50 euro incl VAT / + postage & packing³). You do the damage, we carry the cost. NOVA Protect means that you can concentrate on the important thing: the flying! If you break it, we fix it!
The NOVA Full Service is more than just a check. Just like the Trim Tuning, we analyse the line lengths and ensure that the wing is restored to the optimal profile alignment across the whole of the span. Additionally we give the wing a full health check. Our NOVA Full Service gives you confidence in your wing.
If your wing has undergone NOVA Trim Tuning, the date to the next check is extended from two years to three years. The two-year check becomes a three-year check. This allows you to have an extra year of carefree flying. Please note the maximum permitted flying hours in the manual.
As standard, NOVA provides a three year, rather than a two year, guarantee on its paragliders. If your wing has undergone NOVA Trim Tuning and a NOVA Full Service, then we will extend the guarantee for a further year to four years. You get a good feeling flying a NOVA wing.
If you register your wing at myNOVA, it is added to our Quality Assurance Database. In the database - accessed through myNOVA - you can download all the key data about your wing. The database will also assist the person servicing your glider by getting information about your glider at the click of a button. Your glider will be more comprehensively checked.
1 The guarantee and service provision is limited, subject to conditions and not offered to the same extent in all countries. Detailed information is available in our guarantee conditions.
2 This service is included in the purchase price in selected countries. Please contact your dealer for more information.
3 This service covers damage incurred because of an accident while flying. Damage in other circumstances, personal injury, theft or other loss are excluded from this policy.
The PRION 3 is a wing with remarkable performance. It is greedy for distance. Below is a list of the best and furthest PRION 3 flights.
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Scope of delivery
The wing and harness will determine the size of the rucksack. We are offering our high quality and comfortable to carry models in size S (110 litres), M (145 litres) and in L (165 litres).
Elegant, technically thought out inner bag. Thanks to its square shape, your folded wing can be easily stored in the bag. Openings in the bottom of the bag allow good ventilation.
Everyone hopes it will never happen: a hole or tear in the paraglider. We have included a minor damage repair kit in the right colour for such an eventuality.
So you know where the wind is coming from, we have added a NOVA windsock. With a length of approximately 80cm it is large enough for a take-off site.
Your paraglider is fitted with a high quality speed system. Thanks to three holes in the cord attachment point, it will flexibly and simply adapt to your harness and leg length.
We have enclosed a very detailed manual which contains everything you need to know about your flying equipment. Please study it before flying your gear for the first time.
1Available from the end of April 2016
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 make full use of the NTT, NOVA encourages all pilots to have their wing checked after ten to twenty flying hours.
If the PRION already offers a high degree of passive safety, the SUSI is additionally even easier in the handling. For example, the brake travel on the SUSI is very long, which makes it nearly impossible to stall the glider unintentionally. In comparison to the SUSI, the PRION offers more performance and more delicate handling. The best way to choose is to fly both gliders and decide which is the right wing for you.
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.