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Miniplane Paramotor, using the new Top80 engine

This innovative 80cc engine was designed, developed and built from scratch, designed specifically for paramotoring and nothing else. It is unbelievably compact, lightweight and quiet, yet delivers ample power. Its Lower Fuel consumption reduces the weight (and cost) of fuel needed to carry.

    The Top80 powerplant also has many new features not previously available, such as:

  • A Gearbox instead of a belt-drive.
      This has several advantages, including:
    • Gearbox offers higher reduction ratio
        The propeller turns much slower, resulting in:
      • Less air resistance. The drag is the Square of the velocity, so if you halve the prop-tip airspeed, you reduce the drag by 75%
      • The Propeller Aerodynamic Torque Effect is reduced by over 60% due to lower air-resistance.
      • Lower propeller noise, due to lower prop-tip shear.
      • More effecient propeller designs may to be used, delivering increased thrust.
      • Lower propeller mass, reduces overall weight, reduces rotational inertia, improves throttle response.
    • Gearbox is quieter in operation than belt drives
    • Gearbox is more reliable, no belt slippage, no belt wear.
    • Gearbox requires Less maintenance, no belt tensioning problems, no pulley alignment problems.
    • Gearbox reverses the rotational direction of the propeller, to be opposite that of the engine.
        This contra-rotation:
      • eliminates accelerative torque effect
      • eliminates Gyroscopic Deflection
      • makes flying much safer due to less propeller forces to combat
      • makes flying much easier due to lower pilot workload

  • A Centrifugal Clutch is fitted, which has several advantages
    • When pull-starting the motor, you need not get the propeller turning, so it is MUCH easier to pull-start.
    • When the motor is idling, the propeller is not spinning, so ground-handling is much easier and safer.
    • Landings are much safer too, as you need not kill the engine on final glide.
    • When gliding with the engine switched off, the propeller free-wheels, which offers far less drag than a stationary propeller.

  • Forced-Air Cooling. The flywheel has a centrifugal fan, blowing high-speed cooling air into a cowling over the engine.
    • Keeps the motor cooler than free-air cooled.
    • Allows much higher operating RPM, delivering increased thrust.
    • Greater safety, Heat-seizure risk is almost eliminated.
    Most traditional paramotors are free-air cooled, having the hot engine tucked away behind the pilot's back, where it battles to get enough cooling air. Not this engine... it pumps its own cooling air at high speed directly into a custom manufactured cowling around the hot parts.

  • Walbro WH8 Carb with only a single air-mixture adjuster, so its much easier to tune than the traditional carbs with Lo-adjuster and Hi-adjusters.

  • Ultra Compact packed framework. The outer ring is made from straight sections of flexible fibre-glass rods, much like the little igloo-shaped dome tents. For transport or storage, the entire paramotor can be packed into a compact box. (Pictures below)

    Finally, paramotoring is coming of age, as engines are being made specifically for paramotors and our unique needs.

      Overall, the Miniplane paramotor has revolutionised powered paragliding.
    • The lighter weight is for more comfortable to manage.
    • Lower fuel consumption further reduces carrying weight.
    • Lower noise levels allow flying where other paramotors are not tolerated.
    • Lower noise also reduces pilot fatique.
    • Gearbox makes safer, more comfortable flying.
    • Centrifugal Clutch eliminates problems with ground-handling, makes safer approaches to landing, reduces drag when gliding.
    • Compact dismantled frame is easier to transport and store.

    Unpacking and assembly
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    Click to Enlarge1) The entire paramotor (exluding propeller) packs into this compact re-usable plastic transport box.

    The chassis with engine and fuel-tank, the exhaust, intake-muffler, harness, outer framework, radial rods. For the future, we plan a two-part propeller which will also fit inside the box.

    Click to Enlarge2) The self-standing Chassis holding the engine, with the exhaust and intake muffler lying seperate.
    Click to Enlarge3) Fit the exhaust (One bolt and two nuts), and the Intake Muffler (one hose-clamp)
    Click to Enlarge4) Fit the Gearbox (two nuts) and attach the Propeller (Four bolts and nuts)
    Click to Enlarge5) Insert the outer framework into the top of the chassis
    Click to Enlarge6) Unfold first sections of outer ring
    Click to Enlarge7) Unfold second sections of outer ring
    Click to Enlarge8) Screw in the Four Radial Rods
    Click to Enlarge9) Bend the outer-ring and insert tips into the foot
    Click to Enlarge10) Attach connectors on ring to Radial Rods
    Click to Enlarge11) Attach harness to chassis
    Click to Enlarge12) Ready to go fly!
    We can make special carrying brackets for your towbar. This is suitable for carrying the Miniplane Paramotor short distances to your flying field. For long journeys, consider sending the paramotor in its storage box by roadfreight to meet you at your holiday destination.
    The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes to unpack and assemble.
    To dismantle and pack away, also takes about 10 minutes.

    Read the manual here

Top80 engine
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Looks so cool?
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Easy to fly!
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so relaxing
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beautiful scenery
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what a view!
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This is fun!
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weighs so little!
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up, up and away!
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lets have fun!
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easy to carry
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anyone can do this
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There are currently Three versions, each with a different size propeller (and corresponding prop-gaurd size), each aimed at different pilot weight ranges. (Note: These pilot weights are for launching from sea-level. If you are operating inland from higher elevations, please contact us with details for further advice)

  1. 115cm propeller diameter - for pilots weighing up to 90kg
  2. 125cm propeller diameter - for pilots weighing up to 100kg
  3. 135cm propeller diameter - for pilots weighing up to 115kg

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