Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NOVA ORYX S (80-100)

Finally after a long wait I received the ORYX at 1:30 noon and rushed for our soaring site for a quick 0 gravity feeling.
The wind was sideways and fairly strong ±30 km/h, but the glider was very easy to inflate and handle. It does not have the tendency to be pushed out of gusts and thermals. It keeps getting forward smoothly. I really like that in a glider regardless of the category they represent.
Speed stall is very far beyond seat position. (I could not reach it with the factory settings)

The ORYX is a light glider .I have weighted the S size at 4.7 kg + compression strap.

The risers are normal and not too skinny, like all NOVA gliders.

Playing on the ground is a child play. Very easy and forgiving .A small tendency if you let completely the brakes the glider could frontal collapse(only when kiting on the ground). That’s normal for a high performance EN-B glider. It is nice to see after a long period of time that this category of gliders is even easier to handle than its predecessors and playful at the same time.

I made a small introduction video.


Today was weak on thermals. I flew the ORYX and the GOLDEN 3 .

The ORYX loaded at 96 all up.

Launching was very easy and quickly the glider lift me airborne.
In the past NOVA gliders were lacking of handling. from the Argon…to the Tycoon.
The Tattoo was nice to fly but the ability into wind was absent. Even with the Mamboo ,i was always pushed out of thermals. The handling was not to my liking and lost interest…(I did not try the FACTOR yet which NOVA claims to have a nice feel).

Today was something new…I never felt happier flying this ORYX. It is like a NEW NOVA era !! Hope so…To describe the handling of the ORYX ,is a revelation to me. The brake travel at that loading was perfect .Not long anymore and very efficient .I felt (near)flying my best high performance glider in efficiency and in response. The glider turn on a dime!!! Coring perfectly every thermal with ultimate precision. In head wind conditions + thermals the wing is not pushed out of the thermal…Incredible efficiency for that EN-B glider. If you have flown the ARTIC 2 S,then the feeling of the brakes is the same(but a little longer).

That's a glider with a 'soul'

Flying it again in stronger conditions showed a very good behaviour. Still very agile and precise in turns even the air is bumpy.I could place the glider easily wherever i want.

The ORYX inspire confidence in the strong stuff.The feeling of security and happiness is great.

The performances are for sure on top of the EN-B cat.A high trim speed of 39km .It has an outstanding ability upwind matching the EN-C cat.(We did a glide test with the ARTIC 2) The ORYX loaded at max has a higher trim speed of 0.5 km more . Video in process.

Taking from the GOLDEN 3 tests:
+++++++++++++++++ Knowing that , we did return to land on take off and Moni got the ORYX to try at 98.5 all up (Weight of ORYX is 4.5! ) and I took the Artic 2 Small (EN-C) loaded at 95 all up for a test glide also.

Launching and going up, surely the advantage of quick climb is for the Artic 2(EN-C) .This glider is a reference between (EN-C) gliders. Now the good part is the 2 km headwind glide with the ORYX .

We were both surprised as you will be, seeing the video! They were both equal in this glide...(NO more Comment,see the video)with an advantage for the ORYX in trim speed. But when I pressed the bar headwind with the Artic 2 ,the difference is of course in favor of the EN-C glider.++++++++++++++++++++

To conclude my test ,i could describe the ORYX like a butterfly. Light ,performant and beautifull .
Surely the best EN-B glider i have ever tested till 20/3/2010.

Video number 2:


A small glide comparaison just for fun.


Another comparaison with the ARTIC 2 EN-C !


A video bettween Goden 3 and Oryx in weak thermal flying



  1. Hi Ziad,

    I am Till, NOVA's PR-guy.

    I have just found your well-made blog and read with excitement what you wrote about the ORYX. I fully agree (I fly one myself), with only one exception: The Oryx is by far not the first NOVA wing with a nice handling.

    After the old straight-flying "tractors" that you mentioned, Mentor has a nice handling (as it basically is the same as the Oryx), though still with a little bit of levering. But FACTOR (EN C) is simply superb!! It flies like watching a classic ballet. It’s playing.

    Also TRITON (EN D / EN C the biggest size) is very nice for high performance wing and so are PRION and ION (considering they are suitable for instruction).

    Hannes Papesh and his team always made gliders with performance at the upper end of their class. But now I dare to say the entire range performs still great, but they also deliver plenty of fun.



  2. Hi Till,
    Thank you for your comments.I really hope the best for NOVA,in designing gliders that can swim gracefully in the ocean of the air.

    After all the passion of flying is to make pilots happy.And over the years ,only successful manufacturers will evolve to better gliders and a good PR guy :-)

    All the best,


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