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Chances are, you have seen these remarkable flying machines flying around somewhere, and have wanted to find out what all the buzz is all about. This sport is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Miniplane is by far the lightest, easiest and most reliable paramotor available today.
Design and development
The aircraft was designed as a light weight paramotor, giving due consideration to the fact that the pilot has to wear the engine on his or her back and run with it for take-off. It features a paraglider-style high-wing, single-place accommodation and a single Per Il Volo Top 80 13 hp (10 kW) engine in pusher configuration. As is the case with all paramotors, take-off and landing is accomplished by foot.
To keep the design as light as possible a simple harness is used. The single cylinder, two-stroke, fan-cooled aircraft engine incorporates some unique features that make it especially suitable for its role. Its reduction gearbox results in the engine and propeller turning in different directions, thereby reducing the resulting torque absorbed by the pilot. The engine also incorporates a centrifugal clutch that allows the engine to idle without the propeller turning, which improves safety during canopy inflation and launch, as well as landing.
The aircraft can be completely disassembled for ground transportation or storage. The aluminum and fibreglass frame folds and the fuel tank is removable.
Miniplane 115 Version with smaller propeller with a diameter of 115 cm (3.77 ft). Miniplane 125
Version with larger propeller with a diameter of 125 cm (4.10 ft). Specifications (Miniplane 125) Data from Cliche and Bertrand
Crew: one Empty weight: 17 kg (37 lb) Gross weight: 113 kg (250 lb) Fuel capacity: 2 U.S. gallons (7.6 L; 1.7 imp gal) Powerplant: 1 × Per Il Volo Top 80 single cylinder, two-stroke, fan-cooled, 80cc aircraft engine with reduction gear box in rations from 3.18 to 4.41:1, 9.7 kW (13 hp) Propellers: 2-bladed wooden, 1.25 m (4 ft 1 in) diameter Performance
Cruise speed: 32 km/h; 17 kn (20 mph) Rate of climb: 2.0 m/s (400 ft/min)