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 Minari 180cc ABM
The new Minari 180cc engine is now our latest offering on the ABM Miniplane Frame.
The ABM Low-Hang point Harness system handles the torque really well, it’s a completely different feel than when this motor is mounted on other frames – very balanced, very light and climbs straight even at full throttle as a result of the ABM arms. The ABM arms are “bent” in the opposite direction than the Top 80 and Polini 130cc units, as the Minari is a belt drive, and turns the prop in the opposite direction than the gearbox re-drive. The frame is specific to the Minari, and will not work for other engines (you can’t swap Top 80/Polini/Minari).
This motor starts easily, and idles nicely right away, ready to give it’s power! The Minari will require about 10 hours of “break-in”. It is important to understand this and break this engine in properly. This way, the motor has the best chances of giving a long life of service. During the break-in, vary the throttle and do not use full power for more than a few seconds. See our Assembly Instructions for more about this.
The power of the new Minari engine on the Miniplane ABM frame is remarkable. The unit’s dry weight is 52.5 lbs and it has the same 12 liter tank for plenty of range. Now, pilots over 210 lbs, pilots at high altitudes or Tandem Instructors have a Miniplane Paramotor that will suit their needs!
We now have available the Miniplane Minari 180cc and 200cc engines with a CLUTCH! These new additions are easier to start because you do not have to spin the propeller with the Pull Starter. We believe that this single feature makes this a much safer unit, but you still have to exercise caution whenever starting any paramotor – clutch or not.
The Minari engines with a clutch feature the new “Easy Start” pull starter. This spring-assisted pull-starter makes starting the new clutch motors quick and easy! This may very well be the easiest paramotor you will have the pleasure of starting. It is easily done while on your back, the safest place to start your engine!
Midwest Powered Paragliding
7851 Shannon Lakes Way
Indianapolis, IN 46217
3477 S 200 E
Franklin, IN 46131