Optimized for instruction
The design of the PRION 5 was carried out in consultation with students and paragliding instructors and resulted in further improved roll damping. Technically, it also differs from its predecessor model in that it has a slightly lower aspect ratio and a more complex interior. The mini-ribs increase performance and decrease brake pressure, the nylon reinforcements in the middle of each cell make for even better launch characteristics. Additionally, several vector tapes increase the structural stability.
Everything under control With the PRION 5's redesigned Adjustable Handles, it is possible to individually adjust the width of the brake handles. This can be done effortlessly via Velcro and facilitates correct gripping and direct brake input. The ball of the hand and the brake line should form a line, because this makes launching easier, is more comfortable in the long run, improves the feeling for the glider and thus increases flight safety. Alternatively, the Adjustable Handles can be used exactly in the same way as our standard brake handles. The standard riser, our tried and tested Student Riser, also has helpful markings - for example for manoeuvres such as big ears.
Innovation included. Brake lines with a colour gradient (from green to yellow to red) enable the pilot of the PRION 5 for the first time to correctly dose the brake travel by means of visual control. The idea for this innovation was developed in cooperation with the DHV and can help to prevent excessive braking or accidental stalling. The green and yellow area are used for steering, the red area is for the flare when landing.
Quote from Dr. Klaus Irschik, Proprietor of the flying school Flugschule Göppingen (Germany)
“The PRION series from NOVA has made a significant contribution to stress-free training for us as a flying school and for me as an instructor. With hundreds of taster course and initial training flights, but also with high flights, we sometimes see clear differences. For us, the most important thing is that a beginner's glider lines are easy to handle, it is easy to take off even in difficult wind conditions and can easily cope with any overreactions on the part of the pilot. And thanks to good workmanship and smart choice of materials, they still look good even after the toughest training sessions. I think the PRION 5 is the logical next-step of the successful models from previous years, but with a little more performance and better handling. This allows us to get people in the air safely even on shallow training slopes. Our beginners now reach the required safety altitude more quickly on the gentle hills of the Swabian Alps.”
Pilot target group
The PRION 5 (EN/LTF A - suitable for instruction) is a very good-natured paraglider with easy launch and landing characteristics, which provides pleasure in flying both in school and beyond. It combines the highest possible passive safety with intuitive handling and, thanks to its modern design, is suitable for relaxed soaring as well as for first cross-country flights. The balanced mix of stability and agility that has characterised the PRION series since 2010 has proven ideal for beginners.
Quote from Ferdinand Vogel, NOVA test pilot
“The aim was to create a stable glider with a high degree of roll damping, which would make flying even safer and the critical phases of launch and landing easier for everyone. In combination with its direct handling, the PRION 5 has become one of the safest and simplest wings.”
Simple launch characteristics
The wing inflates easily and climbs straight above the pilot without a tendency to overshoot which makes learning to launch (forward or reverse) particularly simple and safe.
Roll basically means "rocking to the left and right" under the wing. This maneuver is practised during paragliding instruction. However, accidental roll should be avoided. The roll damping keeps the glider on track in straight flight - this is especially important for beginner gliders, because it allows the pilot to concentrate on controlling the wing. For example, this also makes the landing approach easier.
These risers offer the following useful colour-coding: green and red markings which are also found on the attachment points of our harnesses help to prevent clipping-in incorrectly. The correct lines to pull for big ears and a B-line stall are indicated on the maillon. The colours of the line areas (A, B and C) are continued on the riser.
Individually adjustable brake handles facilitate correct gripping and direct brake input. The ball of the hand and the brake line should form a line. This makes launching easier, improves the "feeling" for the wing and as a result, increases flight safety. Alternatively, the Adjustable Handles can be used exactly in the same way as our standard brake handles.
Brake Travel Indicator (BTI)
The colour gradient (from green to yellow to red) enables the pilot for the first time to correctly dose the brake travel by means of visual control. This can help to prevent accidental stalling. The green and yellow area are used for steering, the red area is for the flare when landing.
Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus provide an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge. The mini-ribs also help to keep the brake pressure moderate.
Mid Cell Rods
The clever placement of nylon reinforcements in the middle of each cell make for even better launch characteristics. This is the first time in the PRION series they have been used.
|Number of cells||33||33||33||33||33|
|Projected span (m)||8||8||8||8||8|
|Projected area (m2)||18.50||20.90||23.00||25.30||28.30|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.33||3.33||3.33||3.33||3.33|
|Flat span (m)||9.81||10.43||10.94||11.47||12.13|
|Flat area (m2)||21.69||24.51||26.97||29.67||33.19|
|Flat aspect ration||4.42||4.42||4.42||4.42||4.42|
|Line length (m)||6.37||6.37||6.37||6.37||6.37|
|Total line length (m)||228||243||255||286||284|
|Max chord (m)||2.68||2.85||2.99||3.14||3.32|
|Min chord (m)||1.10||1.17||1.23||1.29||1.36|
|Certified weight range (kg)||55-75||65-85||75-100||90-115||105-140|
|Certification||EN A||EN A||EN A||EN A||EN A|
Dominico 30D, 41 g/m2
Skytex 38 Universal 38g/m2 , Skytex 40 Eazyfly 40g/m2
"Skytex 40 Eazyfly 40g/m2
Porcher Skytex 40 Hard, 40g/m2
Edelrid 7343: 340/230/140 Liros TSL140
Edelrid 7343: 140/ 90 Liros DSL 70
Edelrid 7343 340 / Liros PPSL160 /DSL70
Polyester 20mm / Kevlar 12mm