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Nova MENTOR 7

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When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page

Model Status: Forthcoming model

EN Certification: EN B

LTF Certification: LTF B

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NOVA-MENTOR7

The MENTOR 7 is characterised by its completely new design as a "hybrid 2.5-liner". Thanks to the drastically increased performance, its cross-country potential sets new standards in the EN B class.

See also Nova MENTOR 7 Light

Availability & order info

MENTOR 7 availability still to be confirmed. Expected late spring / summer 2022.

Update 24/04/2022: We've pre-ordered the first MENTOR 7 Light for our customers, testing and stock. Nova say MENTOR 7 Light sizes XS, S and M will be delivered mid to end of May. Size XXS and L, and the standard MENTOR 7, to follow later; when still to be confirmed.

Pricing

Pricing to be confirmed.

Pre-orders

We are accepting pre-orders for this model. Please email us if you have any questions. Alternatively you can pay our Product Deposit to get your order in the production queue as soon as possible.

Technical data (provisional)

Size XXS XS S M L
CTW¹ (kg) 55-85 70-95 80-105 90-115 100-130
Flat area (m²) 21.12 23.36 25.69 27.99 30.33
Projected area (m²) 17.9 19.8 21.77 23.72 25.7
Flat aspect ratio 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Projected aspect ratio 4.18 4.18 4.18 4.18 4.18
Weight (kg) tbc tbc tbc tbc tbc
Number of cells 66 66 66 66 66
Flat span (m) 10.78 11.34 11.89 12.41 12.92
Projected span (m) 8.65 9.1 9.54 9.96 10.37
Line length (m) 6.47 6.81 7.14 7.45 7.76
Max. chord (m) 2.47 6.81 7.14 7.45 7.76
Certification (EN/LTF) B B B B B

¹ CTW: Certified take-off weight in kilograms.

MENTOR 7 Light – Hybrid 2.5-liner

  • 2.5-liner
  • EN/LTF B (high B)
  • 66 cells
  • Aspect ratio: 5.5 flat, 4.18 projected

More info and photos to follow.

MENTOR 7 news...

02/09/2021: MENTOR 7 – CAT OUT OF THE BAG!

At the Serial Cup in Slovenia last weekend, some people wondered about the nameless NOVA wing that ploughed through the field quite spectacularly. Kasia Peson hotographed it on landing.

What glider was it? It was a very close-to-production prototype (therefore not in the official ranking) of the radically new MENTOR 7, flown by Nick Donini.

He mailed us: „I really enjoyed flying the MENTOR 7. It allowed me to be “competitive” even with EN-C wings. It feels comfortable, super-stable and is really fast on speed-bar. The new riser system works excellent! It almost feels like flying a 2-liner. Another nice thing is its handling. The MENTOR 7 is super agile and in strong thermals, I was feeling to have a better gear than the others.”

Is anybody spotting something special? We will reveal the first details next week. Stay tuned!

10/09/2021 NOVA MENTOR 7 - FIRST FACTS

After a lot of speculation, here are the first hard facts about the MENTOR 7: It is a hybrid 2.5-liner with 66 cells and an aspect ratio of 5.5. Philipp Medicus, Head of R&D at NOVA, says: “The constructive difference between the MENTOR 6 to 7 is greater than that of 2 to 6. Absolutely everything is new. Only the requirements for the pilot and the positioning as an XC machine have not changed. ”We will explain later what the new design means for take-off, flight and landing.

  • Planned sales start: March 2022 (sizes XS, S and M, XXS and L will follow later).
  • Planned sizes: L, M, S, XS, XXS (XXXS will only be available with the MENTOR 7 Light)
  • There will also be a MENTOR 7 Light. Unlike in the past, it will not be released a year after the normal version, but in the summer of 2022.

26/09/2021: MENTOR 7: What is a Hybrid 2.5-Liner?

A Hybrid 2.5-liner like the MENTOR 7 no longer has a complete C-level, but is a 2-liner design in the outer wing area. There is no longer a C-3 line. Therefore, the suspension points of the A- and B-level move backwards on the outer wing. Additionally, the distance between A-lines and B-lines increases.

Advantages of the Hybrid 2.5-liner concept:

  • You have more possibilities to optimise the wing twist in accelerated flight (i.e. the angle of attack over the entire span). With the 3-liner you have to compromise more, which can potentially reduce performance and stability.
  • The Hybrid 2.5-liner setup of the MENTOR 7 contributes to efficient pitch control when flying on bar. Some team pilots at NOVA who had the chance to fly the MENTOR 7 say that it is just as easy to control via the rear risers as the XENON. And it is a real two-liner!
  • It reduces the line drag (but this was NOT the main reason for developing the Hybrid 2.5-liner).

05/10/2021: IS THE MENTOR 7 MORE DEMANDING THAN THE PREVIOUS MODELS?

After the first posts, many of you asked us whether the MENTOR 7 demands a higher skilled pilot – with good reason. After all, "everything is new", the glider is a completely new Hybrid 2.5-Liner, the number of cells has grown to 66 and the aspect ratio has also increased.

Philipp Medicus, Head of R&D at NOVA explains: "The aspect ratio has increased marginally (by 0.07). That is too little to derive a higher demand from the pilot. In addition, the MENTOR 7 is still the glider with the lowest aspect ratio (5.5 flat) compared to other high-B gliders. Regardless of this, I think the MENTOR 7 is easier to fly than probably all its predecessors! It flies more stable, it is even less likely to unintentionally spin it when thermalling, and all reactions to the certification collapses are very docile."

The new XENON launches perfectly and so does the MENTOR 7: inflation and launch are very uncomplicated!

17/10/2021: MENTOR 7 – “The wing told me what I needed to do.”

Dusan Durkovic (Misty Dule) is our sales partner in Slovenia and one of the best competition and cross-country pilots there. He already could fly the Hybrid 2.5-Liner MENTOR 7 and said interesting things afterwards (those who know Dusan know that he is a very critical mind and anything but a “smooth talker”):

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to fly this new wing. Yes, the MENTOR 7 is a new concept and you can see and feel that. I think it's a big step forward. Congratulations!!

The steering system with rear risers works maybe even better than on XENON (regarding force you need to apply). The handling is softer than on MENTOR 6 and much nicer. You can really play with the MENTOR 7 in thermals. Sometimes I got the feeling that the MENTOR 7 told me what I needed to do. I still have a smile on my face from that now. Stability (collapse resistance) is super-fine, I think.”

Size XXS XS S M L
CTW¹ (kg) 55-85 70-95 80-105 90-115 100-130
Flat area (m²) 21.12 23.36 25.69 27.99 30.33
Projected area (m²) 17.9 19.8 21.77 23.72 25.7
Flat aspect ratio 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Projected aspect ratio 4.18 4.18 4.18 4.18 4.18
More Information
ConditionNew
EN CertificationEN B
LTF CertificationLTF B
Shipping DetailsWhen in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model StatusForthcoming model