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Nova Ion 2 Paraglider

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Development:
Our demands for the Ion 2 were similar to the demands we made on the Mentor 2: Developing a glider which raises the bar in its class in terms of easily usable performance, Because of the many design similarities we call the Ion 2 the little brother of Mentor 2. For instance the airfoil is exactly the same and it ensures high performance and high stability, though with a very soft collapse behaviour. Like the Mentor 2, the Ion 2 has just three line levels with a short split at the trailing edge for better handling characteristics. Like on all our gliders we didn't want to improve the performance by increasing the aspect ratio, and therefore at the cost of safety. That's why the Ion 2 has the same aspect ratio as the Ion 1.

Flying the Ion 2:
The launch behaviour is extraordinary easy – even for a glider which is approved for schooling.
In flight, an Ion 2 pilot will immediately notice the very responsive handling characteristics. The Ion 2 reacts quickly to brake inputs which makes it easy to vary turning radius and bank. In turbulent conditions the Ion 2 offers more resistance to collapses and small deformations. The result is the glider flies very stably through rough air. The high stability also improves the turning behaviour:
The sluggish reaction to steering inputs, often a handling characteristic of low level wings, has been replaced by a very precise and responsive behaviour.Like on the Mentor 2, the high level of stability doesn't decrease when flying accelerated. Because of the higher damping around the roll axis, the Ion 2 offers even more comfort when flying on full bar.

Safety:
The Ion 2 is well within the EN B class, so maintaining this category has never been a concern during development. The position of the A-suspension hasn't been changed from the Ion 1, that's one reason why the Ion 2 reacts quite similar to induced collapses. Of course the certification was done without folding lines. The behaviour in turbulent conditions is way more important than what the wing does after induced collapses. That's why our test pilots spent many hours in turbulent air with the final prototypes to check stability and collapse behaviour. A big part of those last test flights was done accelerated. The Ion 2 proved to be very stable at top speed. Combined with the high performance, pushing the speed bar makes absolutely sense. (Which can not be taken for granted on a Low-Level B glider)

No matter if flying at trim speed or accelerated: The Ion 2 doesn’t tend to collapse over a large-area and it reopens quickly without impulsiveness. This soft collapse behaviour is beneficial as hard collapses and "explosive" reopenings frighten many pilots and leads to instability.

Performance:
The Ion 2 sets a new standard for Low-Level EN B gliders:
For instance, it clearly outperforms the Mentor 1 (which was good enough for numerous flights of more than 200km) at trim speed. Comparing the performance of these two wings in accelerated flight is even more impressive, because the Mentor 1 disappears downwards surprisingly fast, from the Ion 2 pilots view. We are convinced that the Ion 2 will be a very successful XC glider.

Technical changes compared to Ion 1:

  • New airfoil: because of the three line levels we needed a new airfoil. It stands out for its pitch stability, the big brake travel and a high collapse resistance.
  • Integrated polyamide rods: These very sturdy rods replace the mylar reinforcements and lead to less weight and more stability. The rods don’t need any more care than the mylar reinforcements did!
  • New accelerator: We've adapted the riser geometry of the Mentor 2 for the Ion 2, which leads to high stability, excellent glide performance and a soft collapse behaviour.
  • More cells, less lines: The Ion 2 has 45 cells (Ion 1: 37) but significantly less line consumption. This leads to higher dimensional stability and less parasitic drag.
  • Reefing system at the trailing edge: We're using this reefing system already on the Factor 2 and on our tandem the Bion, and it works on the Ion 2 as well: Despite the small number of brake lines, the trailing edge looks very clean when applying brakes. The reefing system reduces brake pressure and improves the turning behaviour.

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