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Paramotor Review: 2010 Fly Products Sprint w/Pollini Engine

Flown 05/27/2008, Reviewed 05-30-2008, Photos by Jeff Goin

Fly Products is a longstanding builder of quality paramotors and has come out with a Pollini powered machine for those who like low hook-in points. Fly is well supported in the U.S. by Aerolight.

The test was flown at Beach Blast in May 2010 with a light breeze at 75F on a Spice 22 wing. My weight is about 150#. Sorry the review isn't much more than an initial impression since I only flew it once.

Weight: I didn't have any scale measurements. Felt comfortable while walking around and I was able to keep the weight easily over my feet without being pulled back.

Harness & Suspension: The harness, designed by SupAir, is comfy and well-enough padded. It has fixed, low hookins, which is unusual. It's like the Walkerjet/Flattop in that there the bars don't articulate, meaning less weight shift.

Starting (-): Pull starting was conventional with the addition of a primer bulb which I like. Three squirts of the primer and pull. The Pollini starter has been an issue for reliability although I'm told that, as of November, 2010, that's been improved upon.

Ground Handling & Kiting (-): Comfortable.

Launch (-): Straightforward. Like any low hookin machine the risers are lower and so your hand position will be lower -- just something to get used to.

Climbout (-): Good.

Flight, comfort, ergonomics: Very comfortable in flight. And I loved the throttle and its cruise control.

Weight Shift (-) Limited. Like any machine without articulating arms, you have to tilt the machine and/or warp its frame, usually a combination of the two efforts garners about 3 inches of riser travel.

Torque (-): Torque was manageable and commensurate with the power, with about 15 degrees when I went to full power during climbout. That is, I put my legs out, went smoothly from idle to full power and saw how much my legs moved.

Thrust (7): Very powerful, appropriate for the weight.

Endurance (-): Didn't get to test endurance.

Vibration (9): Extremely low. I flew another Pollini powered machine and the vibration was average so it could have been an extremely well-balanced prop but at least it's good to know how smooth it CAN be.

Sound (-): Average to quiet and with a good timbre.

Safety (-): Average. Nothing in the notes here.

Construction (-): Seems well built with good cage strength. You should have no problem with power forwards and the cage rim is smooth so lines will slide up nicely.

The netting is riveted around the whole cage so, if one section needs replacing, the netting will have to be de-riveted, then riveted on the new piece.

The Pollini engine is air cooled and has an integral clutch and geared redrive. That worries me a bit in terms of maintenance when just the gear reduction or clutch needs work. I don't know what's involved with getting at those various parts. It may be easy but that would warrant checking out.

This one had a primer bulb and started easily.

Reparability (-): Average--if you bend something you'll need an aluminum welder. The cage pieces should be readily available from Aerolight. 

Transport (-): Breakdown is typical and it will transport easily in a van or SUV.

Cost: I don't have cost numbers, visit www.Aerolight.com for details.

Overall: Comfortable, well built, good power and extremely smooth. A bit tougher for newer pilots with the low hook-ins but easier than those with articulating arms.

 

Fly Products Sprint with Pollini Engine.


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