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Aeron 90


Nova make a two gliders, one for use within the school [Phorus] and a top end 1 for new club pilots called the Pheron. The DHV 2 Nova Artax is a member of Hannes Papesh's Radon family, which is made up of the Artax [1-2], Aeron [2] and Radon [some sizes 2 but others could be 2-3]. All the gliders have a similar diagonal rib and line layout, but with number of cells and aspect ratio increasing as you go up the range.

Work on these started round about the end of 2001 but was slightly held up by a change of material choice for the construction of the glider. Early computer simulations indicated excellent performance figures for the Aeron despite a big reduction in the aspect ratio of the Radon prototype. The Radon profile is retained.

The differences from most previous Nova wings include thin risers with control-loop pulleys on the B-risers, all-internal stitching and Gelvenor top-surface material.

In flight the Aeron is trimmed quite fast at hands-off, although half-brake equals about average trim for this type of glider. The control feel is very linear and provides excellent feedback, whether flat turning in weak early-spring thermals or doing big wingovers.

Nova use Gelvenor OLKS siliconised PU coated nylon for the top surface, some parts of the bottom surface and Porcher Skytex 9052 for the rest of the undersurface. Suspended and diagonal ribs are Skytex 9092 with the hard, low stretch finish, and unsuspended ribs are 9052. Riser material is black 25mm webbing, except for the 15mm baby A riser, woven by Güth and Wolf. Lines are Liros. The glider has a three riser system with split As, for those who prefer a standard [non-split] A riser this is available to special order or as a retrofit. The glider has a system of diagonal ribs, & compression straps across A, B & C line attachment points. There is full span compression strap across what would be the D line attachment points; there is no D riser and the lines attached here branch backward from the upper end of the middle cascade of the C lines. In the centre of the canopy there is a further cascade rearwards to what would be an "E" attachment point.

The wing displays the characteristics of a good DHV1-2 wing. The leading edge would start to deform and turn under, but as soon as corrective control input was applied it would immediately regain its normal profile.
The slow-flight characteristics were excellent. Begin to stall, and then immediately letting up, produces a surprisingly benign response. Like a lot of current performance wings, the Aeron has a very taut, solid feel. Apart from the slightly unusual technique required to get the Aeron to bite into strong lift, the glider is a joy to thermal, with excellent feedback through the canopy and controls. Because of this, altering the bank angle and turn rate whilst thermalling become very intuitive.

The Aeron has a claimed glide of over 9:1 and in glide at least, was seen by many as class leading.

Aeron XS(20)

No of cells: 57
Span: 9.46 m
Area: 22.75 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 5.66:1
Line diameter: 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.45 mm
DHV weight range: 60 - 85 kg
Top speed: 53 kph
DHV certification: 2              
Guarantee: 3 years/300 hours materials & workmanship + Nova Protect

Aeron S(22)
No of cells: 57
Span: 9.92 m
Area: 25 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 5.66:1              
Line diameter: 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.45 mm
DHV weight range: 75 – 95 kg
Top speed: 53 kph
DHV certification: 2
AFNOR certification: Performance             
Guarantee: 3 years/300 hours materials & workmanship + Nova Protect

Aeron M(24)
No of cells: 57            
Span: 10.35 m
Area: 27.25 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 5.66:1
Line diameter: 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.45 mm
DHV weight range: 90 – 110 kg
Top speed: 53 kph
DHV certification: 2
AFNOR certification: Performance            
Guarantee: 3 years/300 hours materials & workmanship + Nova Protect

Aeron L(26)
No of cells: 57            
Span: 10.76 m
Area: 29.47 sq.m
Aspect ratio: 5.66:1            
Line diameter: 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.45 mm
DHV weight range: 95 - 130 kg
Top speed: 53 kph
DHV certification: 2            
AFNOR certification: Performance            
Guarantee: 3 years/300 hours materials & workmanship + Nova Protect

 

 


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