Miniplane 80cc Top80
In 1996 Per il Volo invented and produced the first harness attachment system to feature high hook-in points with low J-bar distance bars, called the PSF system. It is today appreciated as the industry standard and most often copied by other manufacturers world wide.
Available in either the M (115cm prop) or L (125cm prop). An XL (135cm prop) is available for competition use.
The Top 80 is an Italian single cylinder, 2-stroke aircraft engine designed and produced by Per Il Volo for Powered Paragliding. It was the first purpose-designed Paramotor engine, developed specifically for the Per Il Volo Miniplane, which was introduced in 1989.
The engine uses fan-cooling and a Walbro WG-8 diaphragm carburetor. Designed for light weight as the overall consideration, the engine weighs 10 kg (22.0 lb), plus the exhaust system weight of 1.5 kg (3.5 lb – NEW Aluminum Style). With the Walbro carburetor the Top 80 produces 11 kW (14.8 hp) at 9500 rpm.
Power is delivered to the two-bladed wooden propeller though a reverse-turning gear box to reduce output net torque felt by the pilot during acceleration and deceleration. The oil filled gearbox can be fitted with 22/70 gears giving a reduction ratio of 3:182, 21/71 gears giving 3.381, 20/72 gears giving 3.60, 19/73 gears giving 3.842 or 18/74 gears with a ratio of 4.111.
The engine also features a centrifugal clutch that allows idling without turning the propeller, a useful feature in its main application on a paramotor, where it improves ground safety.
From FootFlyer.com website:
This tiny, lightweight motor first became popular in Europe, especially with competition pilots. It’s light weight and low fuel burn for the power produced made it perfect for competition pilots and everyone else. It can get over 100 lbs of thrust with a 48″ prop. Miniplane, the builder, was first to put it on their paramotor frame but soon began selling the engine others.
Many instructors complained about maintenance issues because certain aspects were difficult to troubleshoot and repair. For example the dreaded power fall-off, where it goes to full power for a few minutes then tapers down. The pull start system is a bit challenging to work on and, depending on the problem, can require removing 15 or so rivets to get to it. The cooling fan is housed in that same unit so it must be deriveted (which admittedly is surprisingly simple) to replace.
This motor, like all small displacement machines, gets its power by running at high RPM – over 9000 – so it requires more frequent rebuild if run hard.
Throttle response is quite good on a properly running motor. I’ve heard pilots complain about this and indeed I’ve flown those with a slow response but that’s because there’s a problem. A normally running Top 80 is quite nimble.
This is probably the most impressive motor for the amount of power delivered per pound of weight. It enjoys US support (link above) and a loyal following although it is now sold on very few production units in the U.S.
Available in High Hook-in (PSF) or Low Hook in Weight Shift (ABM)
Miniplane Moster 185 Plus
The new Miniplane Moster 185 Plus is now our latest offering on the ABM Miniplane Frame.
We have now added the Moster Plus 185cc Manual Start to the line of engines available on the Classic Miniplane frame.
The light and perfectly balanced Miniplane Classic Frame has proven itself over the years as a favorite for many pilots. Adding the Vittorazi Moster Plus engine is a natural evolution towards serving the needs of the community.
The Vittorazi Moster family of engines has become one of the most popular and trusted motors in the paramotor industry for heavier pilots needing a significant amout of power for their flying pursuits.
The Moster Plus 185 incorporates a clutch, and this is why we have chosen this engine for our lineup. We fell that the addition of the clutch is a significant step towards safety and versatility in paramotor engine design. Learn about the Dark Evolution, read more about the Vittorazi Moster Plus 185 below, then get ready to experience this awesome new Paramotor!
- Light – Only 51.6 lbs dry weight for the Manual Start! (with optional E-Prop and Apco harness)
- Balanced – Moster Plus engine sits close to your back!
- Starting – Easy Manual starting with a well primed engine!
- Quiet – Listen to the engine at cruise RPM!
- Powerful – Watch the climb rate in the short video below!
- Inexpensive – One of the most reasonably priced units available!
- Options – Basic unit comes with Miniplane Harness and Wood Propeller (Apco or SupAir Harness, E-Prop, Helix or Yueny Propellers are options).
- Dual Start – Now available in DUAL Start: Both Manual & Electric
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