The ION 3 is a wing for all occasions: a fun wing, a cross country machine, tutor and gentle acrobat all in one.

The ION 3 is a big leap forward: it outperforms the Ion 2 by more than half a glide ratio point and even performs better than the MENTOR 2, which set the standard for cross country wings in the high-end EN-B class up to the end of 2012. How is this possible? Using increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive simulation software Nova was able to use the computer to make very detailed predictions as to how the wing will perform in the air. This allows them to manufacture simple wings with ever increasing performance. No other wing combines the characteristics of low aspect ratio, easy flight behavior, performance and safety like the Ion 3. The Ion 3 offers unimaginable possibilities but at the same time it is remarkably gentle in its reaction to collapses. This is the reason Nova feels the Ion 3 is their most efficient paraglider so far: beginners, old hands, recreational pilots and cross country hounds can equally take advantage of this revolutionary concept. Simply, performance for all.

Simplicity and Innovation

From Nova’s foundation it has been their mission to produce paragliders which are as simple, but also as powerful, as possible. In many ways simple ideas are an advantage, especially in the air. The reactions of the wing are more predictable. The pilot knows what to expect. The Ion 3 follows this tradition of innovative simplicity. It gains its advantages not primarily from increasing complexity, but from increased knowledge – in other words, real innovation. This includes know-how in analysis and simulation processes, which permits Nova to better develop paragliders as a whole. One visible result of this analytical work is SmartCells, a new innovation in paragliding. The cells are of variable width, depending on their load. This has a positive impact on performance and handling. As already featured on the Mentor 3, the Ion 3 has double 3D-Shaping. Air Scoop was included in the Rookie and has been further developed to increase the internal pressure during accelerated flight – this increases performance and resistance to collapses. Therefore the Ion 3 is a big leap in progress.

Target Group

The ION 3 is a paraglider suitable for a wide range of pilots. It offers a high degree of passive safety and is suitable for use in schools (so long as your country sanctions the use of EN B wings for training). On the other hand, its performance is impressive which makes the ION 3 a wing for all occasions: it is a fun wing which turns like a dream; a cross-country machine, tutor and gentle acrobat all in one. It is suitable for gifted beginners as well as experienced pilots with cross-country ambitions.

The ION 3 is a wing with high passive safety and at the same time it has a lot of performance. Simply, performance for all. Your Nova dealer for more info.

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Number of cells 49 49 49 49 49
Projected span m 8,17 8,62 8,99 9,39 9,8
Projected area 18,56 20,65 22,58 24,63 26,82
Projected aspect ratio 3,58 3,58 3,58 3,58 3,58
Flat span m 10,61 11,19 11,73 12,25 12,78
Flat area 22,1 24,59 26,99 29,44 32,06
Flat aspect ratio 5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09 5,09
Line diameter mm 0,6 / 0,7 / 0,8 / 1,3
Line length m 6,22 6,56 6,89 7,18 7,49
Total line length m 219 232 243 254 265
Max. chord m 2,56 2,7 2,83 2,95 3,08
Min. chord m 0,74 0,78 0,82 0,86 0,89
Weight kg 4,9 5,3 5,7 6,1 6,5
Recommended take off weight kg 55-80 70-90 80-100 90-110 100-130
Certification (EN/LTF) B B B B B