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PSF SYSTEM - High hang point
In 1996 Per il Volo invented and produced the first harness attachment system to feature high hook-in points with low J-bars, he called it the PSF system.
Today its appreciated as the industry standard and most often copied by other manufacturers worldwide. Beware of Imitations!
ABM SYSTEM - Mid pivot arms
First developed in 2007, the ABM model utilises, mid hang point pivot arms, this allowed the pilot to keep an excellent level of inherent stability whilst allowing active weight shift input to control the glider. Since then, the frame has gone through an evolution to the latest model, the 2016 frame. It combines a superb, lightweight frame with the same active feedback loved by Miniplane pilots all over the world.
Over the years the frames have developed and evolved and as such there are quite a few variations out there. In order to order the correct parts for your machine you need to know which type you have. Have a look at the factory website here for more info on how to ID your unit. Frame type.
Here's how to set up your harness on the Miniplane frame
The Miniplane manual, This will be updated soon!
Here is a link to the maintenance schedule of the Top 80
Use good quality fully synthetic 2 stroke oil such as Castrol Power 1 2T at a ratio of 1.65% which is 82.5ml of oil to 5l of premium unleaded petrol. Always try and use premium fuel, it contains less ethanol which can cause problems eroding rubber gaskets. Don't use more oil, thinking it will be better than less - The opposite is actually true!
Because many of our products are so cheap, in order to make it economically viable for us, any order below the value of £15 will be charged a flat rate of £5 for post and packaging. Orders over £15 will be delivered at no cost. We will always try and despatch orders within 2 days but most of the time they will go out the same day. We use Royal Mail 1st class services.
Certain products will attract a higher shipping cost, this is usually due to the size of these items e.g. propellers.
No - But we don't recommend anyone tries to fly one without training from a reputable instructor! In the UK the airspace is very tightly controlled, flying in the wrong part, too low or even too high could not only be very dangerous but it could also land you in court! Fortunately there are loads of good schools who will see you safely take your first steps into the air! A good place to start looking is here: BHPA Schools
If you want a recommendation get in touch and we'll point you in the right direction!
Wrong! Miniplane's are suitable for just about all pilots, as long as you choose the correct wing! There are plenty of videos on the internet of pilots using Miniplane Top 80's for tandem use! Why put yourself through the extra effort and strain of lifting big, heavy motors when the little Top 80 is quiet, with less vibration and so fuel efficient its hard to believe!