URS HAARI DARF CROSS COUNTRY CUP
Urs Haari gewann letzte Saison zum insgesamt fünften Mal
den Cross Country Cup in der Sportklasse (Gleitschirme bis EN
C) der Schweizerischen Meisterschaften im Streckenfliegen.
Nach den Regeln des SHV (Schweizerischer Hängegleiterverband)
darf jener Pilot den Pokal behalten, der ihn drei Mal
hintereinander gewinnt oder insgesamt fünf Mal. Urs gelang
letzteres. Außergewöhnlich ist seine Leistung angesichts der
Tatsache, dass der mittlerweile bald 56-Jährige bei vier seiner
Siege die jeweils aktuelle Version des NOVA Mentor flog, also
einen Schirm der Kategorie EN B.
Seit über drei Jahrzehnten gehört Urs Haari aus Dallenwil im
Engelberger Tal zu den besten Gleitschirmfliegern der Welt. Bereits
1992 stellte er in Südafrika einen Weltrekord über 227,7 km freie
Strecke auf (https://www.fai.org/record/1525) – damals eine fast
unglaubliche Strecke. Er durchbrach diese Schallmauer mit einem
NOVA Phantom, dem „Ur-Phantom“.
Urs flog viele Jahren erfolgreich in
der Schweizerischen Nationalmannschaft, bevor er sich auf das
Streckenfliegen fokussierte. Bis heute mit sehr großem Erfolg.
Urs gewann in den Saisons 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019 und 2020 im
Schweizerischen Cross Country Cup die Wertung in der Sportklasse
(Gleitschirme bis EN C). Er flog außer im Jahr 2018 immer einen
Standardklasse-Schirm (EN B, „Fun & Safety“), also einen Schirm mit
einem scheinbaren Leistungsnachteil.
Dabei ging Urs so erfolgreich auf Kilometerjagd, dass die erzielten
Punkte sogar für absolute Top-Platzierungen in der Open Class (bis
CCC) ausreichten – als ob in der Formel 1 plötzlich ein Auto mit
Straßenzulassung mitmischen würde:
• 2012/13 Platz 2 Open Class mit einem MENTOR 3 (EN B)
• 2013/14 Platz 1 Open Class mit einem MENTOR 3 (EN B)
• 2017/18 Platz 5 Open Class mit einem SECTOR (EN C)
• 2018/19 Platz 5 Open Class mit einem MENTOR 6 (EN B)
• 2019/20 Platz 4 Open Class mit einem MENTOR 6 (EN B)
Urs Haari zählt nicht zu jenen Piloten, die ihr Leben so eingerichtet
haben, dass sie praktisch jede halbwegs erfolgversprechende
Wetterlage zum Fliegen nutzen können. Er muss sich seine Flugtage
sorgfältig auswählen, denn seit 1994 ist er mit seiner Firma High
Adventure selbstständig. Er entwickelt eigene Produkte (zum Beispiel
den legendären Rogallo-Rettungsschirm BEAMER) und vertreibt die
Produkte renommierter Marken in der Schweiz: NOVA, Woody Valley,
Kortel, Naviter, Flytec. Urs ist also nicht nur Weltklasse als Pilot,
sondern auch in Sachen Time Management.
NOVA ist ein innovativer und auf höchste Qualität bedachter Gleitschirmhersteller, bei dem
die Sicherheit und der Spaß am Fliegen im Vordergrund stehen. NOVA entwickelt und fertigt
Gleitschirme und Zubehör für Einsteiger, fortgeschrittene und ambitionierte Piloten – mit
einem klaren Fokus auf dem Streckenfliegen. Das Unternehmen wurde 1989 gegründet,
befindet sich im Eigentum von Mitarbeitern und hat eine sehr gesunde Eigenkapitalbasis.
Das Headquarter ist in Terfens (Tirol). NOVA verfügt in Ungarn und Vietnam über zwei
Produktionsstätten mit höchsten Sozial- und Umweltstandards. Das Unternehmen gehört
zu den marktführenden Anbietern und vertreibt weltweit.
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NOVA MENTOR 6
High-tech for the B-Class | EN / LTF B
The MENTOR series has stood for top performance in the B-Class for years. The MENTOR 6 continues this tradition and complements the strengths of its predecessors with innovations that bring even more performance into play. Broaden your horizons with the new master in his class.
Inner values. Better, accelerated gliding, a smooth rear edge, new shoulder straps, non-aging, yet lightweight fabric, aerodynamically optimized 3D-shaping seams and intuitive handling with less braking pressure make the MENTOR 6 so special. We have not set ourselves any limits and have built in many detailed solutions that are absolutely new in the B-Class. As a sporty intermediate for distance and fun, the MENTOR 6 brings you closer to your goals, especially when accelerated.
The MENTOR claim. With the same stretch and passive safety compared to the MENTOR 5, gliding performance and handling have been further improved. We were able to achieve both with the use of innovative features such as zig-zag 3D shaping, the innovative mini-rib vector tape, double-B forks and new carrying straps. The handling of the MENTOR 6 is very intuitive, the brake pressure is pleasantly low and when centering the thermals it is both a teacher and a crank miracle. The development work went down to the smallest detail and still kept an eye on the big picture: A revised curvature and a smooth rear edge when braking give the MENTOR 6 the finishing touch.
Smart details. It is often the small changes that have a big impact on the satisfaction with a paraglider. With the MENTOR 6, internal mini-rib seams and an improved cloth were used to make the umbrella less sensitive to dragging across the floor. Another plus are the ball-bearing Ronstan rollers on the accelerator, which reduce the actuation forces when accelerating. In addition, the differentiated A3 articulation ensures an offset adjustment in accelerated flight and thus a more stable canopy.
Short and compact
Zig-zag 3D shaping. In addition to the double 3D shaping seams, there is now an additional, diagonal 3D shaping seam on each cell. This forms a distinctive zig-zag pattern. The advantage of this shape is that the seam direction does not run in the direction of the span or in the direction of pull. The seam is cleaner and runs more aerodynamically. This innovation reduces wrinkles on the leading edge.
Mini Rib Vector Ribbon. Mini-ribs increase the number of cells in the rear wing area and thus ensure an aerodynamically more favorable trailing edge. With the MENTOR 6 there is an additional vector band. This band reduces the kink that occurs when braking. Both the climbing performance and the handling benefit significantly from this. In addition, a gathering system is used on the rear edge. Thanks to these features, the MENTOR 6 has a nice, smooth rear edge even when the brakes are applied.
Double-B forks. The „double-B“ forks are based on the „double-A“ forks of the two-line vehicles and enable better load distribution in the wing depth direction. This ensures more stability and fewer creases between the individual line levels.
New risers. The MENTOR 6 riser is a further development of the Speedbrake Riser and ensures that in accelerated flight when pulling on the C-plane, the B-plane is also shortened. As a result, with C-Steering there is no longer the typical performance-reducing kink between B and C levels that is typical of three-line vehicles. The MENTOR 6 is only available with the new riser, no conversion to a Speedbrake riser is necessary. The new shoulder strap is practical and sits comfortably in the hand – both when handling the ground and when preparing to take off.
Ergonomic brake handles. We have developed new brake levers that are used for the first time on the MENTOR 6. They are ergonomically shaped and very comfortable to grip.
Requirements for the pilot
The MENTOR 6 is a paraglider with impressive performance, which – in the hands of an experienced pilot – shows very manageable handling and extreme flight behavior. Flying with the MENTOR 6 still requires a certain amount of skill. Even though certified with EN-B, the MENTOR 6 is not suitable for beginners and only to a very limited extent for infrequent fliers. However, if you have the ambition to take your solid flight skills to a new level, the MENTOR 6 is exactly the right partner. Especially experienced cross-country pilots who like to fly at full throttle for a long time will be enthusiastic about the increase in performance.
Do you have questions about the right glider for you or do you want to test fly the MENTOR 6? In both cases, your NOVA dealer is the right contact.
The MENTOR experience
Mini-rib vector band A vector band near the trailing edge has several advantages. On the one hand, it reduces the kink that occurs in the top surface when the brake is pulled down. On the other hand, the glider becomes more compact or deforms less when gliding through moving air. In order to maximize both advantages, it was necessary to place the vector tape very far back, in the area of the mini-ribs. Negative pressure. The NOVA Air Scoop is an optimized air inlet that increases the internal wing pressure. The principle is similar to that of a sports car with a separate air intake on the bonnet: More air flows in – the result is a higher boost pressure. With a paraglider, more internal pressure means better performance and increased folding stability. Zig-zag 3D shaping The Zig-Zag 3D-Shaping is the next step towards an even smoother paraglider nose. In addition to our Double 3D-Shaping, two parallel seams over the entire span on the upper surface, each cell on the nose has another, diagonal 3D-Shaping seam. This forms a distinctive zig-zag pattern. The seam is cleaner and runs more aerodynamically. More compact. The stretching is not the only, but a very significant influencing factor on the passvie safety. A high aspect ratio favors cravings after collapsing, usually shortens the control path and makes the glider more demanding. NOVA’s analysis tools make it possible to build even more powerful wings, even with low or moderate aspect ratios.Comfort on the ground. All NOVA paragliders are designed to be easy to use. You can use a cellular bag for packing, but you don’t have to. From our many years of experience with rod material, we know that the packing method has almost no influence on the durability of the paraglider. Bent sticks quickly return to their original shape. Light and durable. Paragliders from the weight-optimized category are lighter than conventional paragliders – they also offer the same mechanical stability and durability. These umbrellas are easier to carry, even easier to take off and are therefore also suitable for hike & fly. Weight-optimized is for those who appreciate lightness without compromising durability.
|Projected aspect ratio||3.9|
|Line diameter||mm||0.7 / 0.8 / 1.0 / 1.2 / 1.3|
|Total line length||m||235||248||260||271||282|
|Max. Tread depth||m||2.46||2.59||2.71||2.83||2.95|
|Min. Profile depth||m||0.44||0.47||0.49||0.51||0.53|
|Recommended weight range||kg||60-80||70-90||80-100||90-110||100-130|
|Approval (EN / LTF)||(B)||(B)||(B)||(B)||(B)|
|Leading edge:||Dominico 30D, 41 g / m2|
|Upper sail:||Dominico 20DPS, 33 g / m2|
|Lower sail:||Dominico 20DPS, 33 g / m2|
|Profile ribs (suspended):||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard, 40 g / m2|
|Profile ribs (not suspended):||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard, 40 g / m2|
|Main lines:||Liros PPSL 191 / U-8000 120|
|Gallery lines:||Edelrid U-8000 / PPSLS 65|
|Brake lines:||PPSLS 65|
Every paraglider from NOVA includes a wide range of service and guarantee options. When you buy an umbrella, you buy more than just the product. 1 Optimize your wing. During the first flights, lines are exposed to real stress for the first time. This leads to stretching and shrinking – regardless of the line material. With NOVA Trim Tuning 2 , our software analyzes the trimming and calculates correction values. The trim tuning increases safety and increases the fun of flying. Protection for the material. When purchasing a paraglider, after registration (myNOVA), one year protection (from the date of purchase) against accidental damage to the wing (EUR 60 deductible 3) included. You do the damage, we pay the costs. For you, NOVA Protect means that you can concentrate on the essentials: flying. More than a check. Our NOVA Full Service is more than just a check: As with trim tuning, we analyze the line lengths and restore the optimal profile alignment over the entire wingspan. We also put your paraglider through its paces. Our NOVA Full Service gives you a feeling of security under your wing. Three years of carefree. If you bring your paraglider to the NOVA Trim Tuning, the operating time until the next check is extended from two to three years. The two-year check becomes a three-year check. This enables you to fly worry-free for one year longer. Please note the maximum permissible flight hours according to the operating manual. Full four year guarantee. NOVA grants a standard guarantee of three years on your paraglider instead of the usual two years. If you have the NOVA Trim Tuning and a NOVA Full Service done, we will extend the guarantee by another year from three to four years. It feels good to fly a NOVA paraglider.Everything always available. When you register your glider under myNOVA, it becomes part of our Quality Assurance Database. There you can – again under myNOVA – download all important logs at any time. The database helps your checker to find out more about your glider at the click of a button – for better checking.
1 The guarantee and services are limited, subject to conditions and not the same in all countries. You can find details in our warranty conditions .
2 This service is included in the purchase price in selected countries and, if included, can only be redeemed in the country of purchase. Please ask your dealer for details.
3 This benefit relates to damage caused by an accident during the flight. Property damage or personal injury as well as theft or other loss are excluded from the compensation.
scope of delivery
NOVA backpack. Backpacks of different sizes are required depending on the parachute and harness. We offer our high-quality and comfortable model in sizes S (110 liters), M (145) and L (165). NOVA windsock. So that you know where the wind is coming from, we include a windsock in the NOVA design. With a length of around 80 centimeters, it is big enough for your launch site.
Repair kit. Nobody wishes it, but it can happen: a hole or a small crack in the paraglider. A color-matching repair kit is included to repair minor damage.
Manual. In the enclosed, very extensive manual you will find everything you should know about your aircraft. Please read it before you fly with it for the first time.
Customize your wing
What wing loading should NOVA gliders be flown with? Can I shorten the brake lines on NOVA paragliders? How high is the performance of my NOVA glider? How fast does it fly? How do I hold the brake line correctly? How should NOVA paragliders be packed? Does NOVA test the materials used? When should a NOVA paraglider be used for the first NOVA Trim Tuning (NTT)? How should NOVA paragliders be stored?
TEST NOVA MENTOR 6 BASSIL ZIAD: Friday, April 26, 2019
NOVA Mentor 6 XS
And here is the new Mentor 6 in XS size flown at 88 all up.
The launching is simple, easy and very forgiving due mainly to the light materials used on this glider. It’s not completely a light glider, but NOVA used some light cloth on some parts on it.
Immediately after taking off and touching the brakes, I looked high up to see if it’s really a NOVA Mentor? Yes, it was… I was completely shocked to see that big switch from the older series! Finally, something new concerning the handling and agility to talk about!
The brake pressure is toward the light side and moderate after 15 cm. The authority on the brakes and precision made me smile from ear to ear! (It’s the first NOVA wing after the Mentor 2 that has a relatively short, precise, linear, and direct brake response worthy of delivering pure pleasure for the handling seeker! Finally, a Mentor that has a very nice, super quick and short turning radius . I could really core the tiniest thermal available with infinite precision. I liked very much the authority on the brakes of that glider.
In weak thermals, the Mentor 6 even loaded is a revelation! After some hours comparing and comparing it to different top B gliders in the climb, I could definitely say that this latest Mentor 6 XS could be very difficult to over climb! I think that this one will stay on top of the stack period. The Mentor 6 nose pulls you smoothly inside the core, and searches for the best lift! It is difficult to miss a thermal with that glider.
The Mentor 6 XS communicates well the air mass and needs a high B pilot to master it in turbulent and strong air. Nothing more than a high B. I’ll update my B comparison to place it accurately among others, but I need more time and also the S size (80-100) will eventually arrive in a couple weeks. The tips, however, flap in turbulent air without any consequences. They do flap, because probably they are happy flying, like the ears of a puppy when you come home :-).
The midsection is very solid and I sensed that even at 90 all up the M6 XS will be even better inside the turbulent airmass.
The trim speed is good, and I could say fast for the category. Slightly faster than Swift 5 and Cumeo SM similarly loaded. The top speed is around 15 km / h over trim and very usable. The C risers control is hard to pull after test flying the light pull on the Mantra7 but could stop some moderate surges while keeping your foot on bar.
The glide at trim and even at the full bar is also similar to the best high B’s with very good top-end speed for the high B category. (See B comparison chart) For an efficient glide into the wind, the Mentor 6 needs to be loaded at the top for better results. It’s quite efficient for the B class. It does in fact surf forward without any useless pitch. To sum it up, IMHO, this is by far the ‚best‘ Mentor ever produced.
Ears and big ears are very stable and very efficient. With the bar, I could get -4… 5..m / s!
Inducing some asymmetries and holing the A’s will result in a 90 degrees turn max, counter steering and staying straight is easy.
Conclusion: Superb agility, impressive climb rate, top gliding power, good top speed for a B! Highly recommended for the high B pilots who thought that the older Mentor series were a bit boring to fly. Lovely, piece of a flying machine. The Mentor 6 is pleasurable to fly XC machine by excellence!
UPDATE I flew the M6 size M at 96 all up, and it seems that this size is very mellow and comfortable to fly. The handling and the way to turn it is slightly less than the XS which is logical. The clomb rate and glide are straight on top of that category, or even matching some C gliders…
A really powerful mix of high comfort and top-end performance! A mellow to fly high B.
This is only my opinion. Make your own! Posted by Ziad Bassil at 4:18 PM