|EN - B world record and four 250k FAI triangles (17.06.2013)|
The record for the biggest FAI triangle in the EN-B class is handed from Nova-Pilot to Nova-Pilot for quite some time now. Here is a (incomplete) list of some outstanding record flights:
2006 Adrian Lutz manages to fly a 211km FAI triangle with his Nova Mamboo.
2008 Marcel Dettling raises the bar with his Mentor 1 and flies 223km.
2011 Robert Muggli adds almost 20k with a Mentor 2 and flies 241km.
2013, last thursday, Johan Tockner is able to fly a 259km FAI trianlgle with his Mentor 3.
That's the biggest FAI-triangle ever flown with an EN-B or EN-C glider!
On the same day, three more Mentor 3 pilots managed to fly 250k+ FAI triangles!
Wolfgang Bernhard, Uros Bergant und Josef Edlinger, proved once more, that they are among the very best XC-pilots in the world!
Congratulations to all those outstanding pilots!
|Mentor 3 - long distance love (04.06.2013)|
a film by Adi Geisegger
please watch in HD and fullscreen
|Mentor 3 - all sizes passed the flight tests (16.05.2013)|
After size L (100-130kg), finally the Mentor 3 XXS (60-80kg) passed the flight tests as well.(EN-B, LTF-B)
It is more demanding to get the certification for the smallest sizes. That's why test pilot Mike Küng had to invest a lot of work in the smallest size of the Mentor 3 until the wing met our expectations concerning safety as well as handling characteristics.
|addition to our team (24.04.2013)|
Adi Geisegger is part of the Nova team for a while now, and so it's time to officially introduce and welcome him here.
Adis profession is fotographer and film-maker. Besides that, he is an enthusiastic pilot. (Paraglider and Ultralight) It's no surprise that all kinds of aerial imagery is his speciality.
Adi is working on some film- and photo projects for Nova. And he is helping us with his experience as a paramotor pilot. Our goal is to offer sophisticated paramotor gliders in the near future.
|Never Bomb Out Again! - Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder (01.04.2013)|
Today we present you “Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder“, the world’s first and only Thermal-Powder. It was developed by our team-pilot Hans Tockner, one of the world’s best XC pilots. Filed for patent, the unique component Monoaprilid allows the generation of thermals during the flight. So “Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder“ will keep you from bombing out and increases the average speed on XC flights, as you won’t loose time having to scratch about for hard to find thermals.
One summer day Hans, a studied
engineer, was observing the thunderstorm pilots. In the Alps, these heroic pilots are flying to help farmers. When serious
thunderstorms threaten the harvest, the thunderstorm pilots take off with small
but rugged airplanes and dispense silver iodide, which – ideally – leads to
rain instead of big hailstones. Hans evolved the idea for the thermal powder:
if you can let it rain with silver iodide, it must be possible to generate
In the course of a long
experimental series Hans finally developed Monoaprilid. The ingredients are of
course kept secret, but he explains the functional principle of the fully
biodegradable components: Monoaprilid is capable of binding to even the
smallest amounts of vapour in an instant. Thereby, tiny drops of water emerge.
According to the principle of the conservation of energy, a phase change from
gaseous to liquid state results in a release of thermal energy: your thermal
As a matter of fact, all pilots who were wondering about seeing a little
amount of steam when observing Tockner in weak or small thermals were right.
They actually saw Tockner’s temporary thermal mist, which dissolves without any
residues in a few minutes.
Hans Tockner emphasizes that
the right dosage is crucial, „if not it might lead to so called freak-thermals.
Once my kids were playing the thermal powder and accidentally exposed our
canary bird to an overdose. Poor Hansi was actually rocketed into the orbit and
never seen again!“
That’s why we deliver Tockner’s Incredible Thermal Powder in a practical dispenser. Order now in our web-shop
|Stubai Cup 2013 (11.03.2013)|
a lot of pilots preparing for launch at the "Elfer" in Stubai (Foto: Manuel Fasser)
The Stubai Cup was once again a sucess thanks to the micro climate in Stubai Valley and all our demo gliders were almost constantly flying.
Of course the interest was particulary strong in the new Mentor 3, and the feedback we got is very pleasing.
The only downside was the ankle-deep water on the landing place.
Thanks to all the pilots who visited us, and we hope you had one or two great flights!