The inspiration – the mile-eaters of the sports class. For nearly a decade, the MENTOR has been the benchmark in LTF/EN B cross-country wings and it wins everything that can be won. With the new SECTOR we have taken the same approach – but in the sports class (EN C). Comparatively moderate aspect ratio (5.92), high passive safety and confidence-inspiring flying behaviour all facilitate in a high level of totally usable performance. All this and a crisp and precise handling!
As a result, the SECTOR was designed as a cross-country wing.
Performance comparison. Years ago we stopped detailing absolute performance figures. Instead, we make comparisons with well-established models. Comparative flights with the MENTOR 5 showed 0.7 to 0.8 better glide points – with a very flat polar curve and high top-speed. It also clearly tops the TRITON 2. The SECTOR needs not be afraid of any comparison.
In terms of the technical data, the SECTOR is nearly exactly positioned between the MENTOR 5 and the TRITON 2.
The same applies to the pilot target group. Any pilot who has a handle on their MENTOR and wishes to have more performance and that “EN C feeling” in handling will love the SECTOR. In comparison to the TRITON 2, clearly the SECTOR requires less active flying – but this does not change the fact that this is a sports class wing.
For queries about the suitability of the wing for you, your NOVA dealer will be happy to assist.
Little weight – compact packing volume
In size M (90–110 kg), the SECTOR only weighs 4.4 kg! This nearly puts it in the specialist lightweight wing market. We did not, however, make this a radical lightweight construction. The internal wing construction has been analysed and optimised for strength and then made lighter by using Triple Tape Diagonals. The risers are ‘normal’, but light and slim. Our cloth choice is a clever compromise of durability and lightness. This means that this wing is absolutely usable for hike & fly and vol biv.
Of course, the SECTOR comes with all NOVA guarantees and services.
Further design details
Automatic speed-bar stabilisation when accelerated: The outer A-line is re-routed over a pulley. This means that when using the speed-bar, the inner A-lines are fully accelerated and the outer A-lines are accelerated by 50%. The result is more wing stability and less tendency to yaw.
Low Drag Brake: The Low Drag Brake on the SECTOR looks unusual, but in the course of the wing’s development we found it to be the optimal solution- both in terms of the number of line attachment points (fewer lines = more performance) and in terms of the brake pressure, sink rate when turning and steering characteristics.
Easy Packing: Many current sports class wings have a complex construction with long rods and a multitude of reinforcements. For the SECTOR we applied the NOVA motto: “Keep paragliding simple”. Apart from the kink resistant nylon rods in the leading edge, we were able to avoid using any other reinforcements. This wing doesn’t require a concertina bag.
Peter Gebhard, X-Alps finisher (2013, 5th place) and former PWC competition pilot commented after testing the SECTOR in the Dolomites:
“Launches easy, flies, climbs and turns well! I would describe the brake as rather short (for an EN C wing) with moderate brake pressure.”
Everything you need to know about the SECTOR:
- Low aspect ratio – high level of really usable performance
- Short brake travel – moderate brake pressure
- Balanced thermalling characteristics with exceptionally good climb rate
- Stable on bar – flat polar
- Lightweight construction – small packing volume, little weight, improved take off characteristics