Test flight

The new A class (EN/LTF A)

PRION 4 - fly safely

The PRION 4 offers much and demands little. Regardless whether you are making your first turns in a thermal or if you are flying big distances in unknown areas, in every case you will benefit from the simplicity and innovations designed into the PRION 4.

Safe and intuitive. The colour-coded risers and lines reduce the risk of mistakes during your pre-flight check. Launching this weight-optimised wing is particularly easy. In the air, the PRION 4 excites with its agile handling and light brake pressure. The PRION's new profile and low aspect ratio provide big safety margins at any flight attitude.

Proven technologies and high quality materials. The PRION 4 features nearly all technologies which also distinguish our higher certified wings. The redesigned internal architecture with additional diagonal ribs makes the wing more rigid and therefore more solid in turbulent air. Thanks to a newly developed cloth (Dokdo20D) and the structurally optimised slots in the wing's interior, we were able to reduce its weight by nearly 10%. This benefits the wing's agility and behaviour.

Performance in thermals and during cross-country flights. With an FAI triangle of more than 209km, the PRION 3 proved its suitability for cross-country flying at the highest level. This is all the more true for the PRION 4. The brake line is made of PPSLS 65 - the thinnest sheathed line on the market. This means very little drag, whilst the lines remain easy to sort.
The balanced handling and the compact canopy will enable you to climb efficiently in thermals. The PRION 4 - no limits to your adventures.

Test flight

Requirements

The PRION 4 is a very docile wing with simple launch and landing characteristics. It convinces with outstanding simplicity when preparing for take off, pleasant handling and a high level of passive safety. Thanks to its performance, it is also suitable for long cross-country flights as well as relaxed soaring.

The PRION 4 is certified for instruction.

Useful information

  • The PRION 4 only has two line galleries and approximately 25% fewer line elements than its predecessor. This makes the sorting of the lines much easier.
  • The brake handles and risers are differentiated by colour: red (left) and green (right). Additionally, the back of the risers is marked. This helps to avoid clipping in the wrong way.
  • The PRION 4 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 are colour-coded as recommended by the Paraglider Manufacturers Association (PMA): A = red, B = yellow, C = blue, brake = orange, stabilo line = green.
  • The wing interior of the PRION 4 has been weight-optimised and we have used the most up-to-date cloths available. This makes the wing easier to carry, simpler to launch and more gentle in extreme flight. For more information see the Weight Optimised section below.
  • The PRION 4 has been designed with many of NOVA’s innovations like Smart Cells or Double 3D Shaping – for more information see the Technologies section below.

Features

Technology

Technical data

  XS S M L
Number of cells 36
Projected span 7,81 8,25 8,66 9,25
Projected area 19,25 21,52 23,66 27
Projected aspect ratio 3,17
Flat span 10,37 10,97 11,5 12,29
Flat area 23,26 26 28,59 32,63
Flat aspect ratio 4,63
Line diameter 0.76/ 0,95/ 1.3/ 1,9/ 2,1
Line length 6,15 6,5 6,81 7,28
Total line length 206 218 228 244
Max. chord 278 294 308,5 329,5
Min. chord 91 96,5 101 108
Weight 4,15 4,5 4,8 5,2
Recommended take off weight 55-85 75-100 90-110 100-130
Certification (EN/LTF) A A A A

Materials

Service

Colours

Blue
Gold
Green
Melon

Special Edition

Colour the sky – NOVA released the PRION 4 in nine cool custom colours as limited special edition.

The special edition is without extra cost.

Everyone can find their favourite combination.

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.

Scope of delivery

Motor

According to the DGAC (France), the PRION 4 will be registered for powered flight. The glider is suitable for both free flying and paramotoring. You can find the certification documents in the Downloads section. Especially for powered flight, we have developed a riser with two mounts. It is suitable for two different hook-in heights.

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.

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.