ION 7 Light – Lightweight versatility
From hike & fly, XC to freestyle fun – everything is possible with the ION 7 Light (EN/LTF B). The reason for this great versatility, combined with outstanding safety, is NOVA’s new design software and smart lightweight construction.
An excellent all-rounder. The ION 7 was developed using NOVA’s new design software, which was already successfully utilised for the creation of the XENON and the MENTOR 7 (Light). The result is a top-notch all-rounder that covers all aspects of paragliding with ease. Be it small packing volume, easy launch, efficient cross-country flying, dynamic flight manoeuvres or an elegant flare on landing.
Innovative details. Choosing the right cloth is only one aspect when it comes to lightweight paragliders. The ION 7 Light uses tried and tested materials as well as a clever construction. Our new Rod Loops mean fewer seams and additionally support the inflow of air (Air Scoop). With the Mid Cell Links the stability of the leading edge is further optimised – which benefits performance especially in accelerated flight, without adding more weight.
As safe as never before. The latest version of our design software can even simulate flight manoeuvres such as collapses very accurately. In this way, we have achieved an unprecedented combination of stability and benign collapse behaviour in the ION 7. Even in accelerated flight, the reactions to collapses are extraordinarily gentle. The flight characteristics of the ION 7 also make it possible to try out the initial SIV manoeuvres without stress.
XC on top form. In terms of design, the ION 7 (Light) is based on the XC wing MENTOR 7 (Light). The flight feeling is characterised by very high stability with exceptional top speed, which is usually found in high-end EN B gliders. In addition, it has very good glide performance, an easy to operate speed-bar and a thermalling feeling of “it takes all in its stride”. Descent manoeuvres such as big ears, B-line stall and spiral dive are also simple to perform. What more could one want to go cross-country flying safely and comfortably?Fun with freestyle. Thanks to its direct handling and high stability, the ION 7 makes it easy to get started with acro manoeuvres. The SAT can be flown cleanly; wingovers are agile. Stalls are easy to perform, and helicopters work well. The brake travel to the stall point is very long, making an unintentional stall extremely unlikely. With the ION 7, you can safely enter the world of acro and hone your skills.
Pilot target group
The ION 7 Light (EN/LTF B) is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as advanced pilots who value the versatility of their paraglider. Cross-country, hike & fly and acro – anything is possible without sacrificing comfort and safety.
NOVA’s intelligent lightweight gliders are developed according to the motto “as light as possible, but as stable as necessary”. This means the canopy is made from cloths that offer a combination of long durability and consistent profile shape (= performance) with low weight. This also applies to the actual construction of the glider. When it comes to handling, we make no concessions. The ION 7 Light features: Sturdy 12 mm narrow Kevlar risers. Maillons for easier re-trimming. Sheathed main lines for easier sorting.
NOVA’s smart lightweight paragliders are light, fully suitable for everyday use AND durable. You can recognise them by the “Light” suffix in the paraglider name and they come with the comprehensive NOVA guarantee.
Optimised collapse behaviour. The ION 7 exhibits unprecedented gentleness when it comes to collapses. During asymmetric collapses, the glider turns only minimally, and there is little loss of height. We have achieved these properties through simulations in our new design software, which offers us new possibilities in development. This means we not only select the virtual prototypes with the highest performance, but also those with the best collapse behaviour from a large number of simulations. The result is the stable and safe flying feeling of the ION 7.
Performance through stability. If you look at the leading edge of the ION 7, you will notice the new Rod Loops and Mid Cell Links. The former save on seams and assist the Air Scoop, while the latter ensure a solid leading edge, especially in accelerated flight, and also serve to optimise internal pressure. Both are smart solutions that deliver performance.