For years, paramotor pilots have fought each other over the concepts of what was more important... Light weight, or high power... Strength, or ease of use.
Finally though, there is a true balance... A machine that has enough raw power for the heaviest pilots (even easy tandems) yet weighs less than the best selling light weight unit on the market; the Miniplane Top 80... Even though it offers 120cc more power, a stronger carbon fiber / titanium cage, and a ridiculously comfortable harness.
The Nitro 200 is the culmination of years of effort... Based loosely on the popular (and dependable) 130cc series from Ventor / Air Conception, they've further lightened the piston, crank, and more. Allowing for less than a one pound increase in overall weight despite the 70cc jump in power and displacement.
Additionally, the Nitro offers a much lower compression rating which allows for better fuel consumption and a longer life before rebuilds. The common problems in new paramotor engines seem to have been well cared for... The exhaust has multiple _____ points to allow for more vibration reduction and less wear on the muffler. The silencer is carbon fiber which should allow for a much longer life and a weight savings over steel of almost a pound. The engine itself is dampened with some of the best rubber mounts we have seen in the business.
We went so far with our first test unit as to run it (purposefully) with an unbalanced prop for 10 hours... In an attempt to break anything that might commonly break. In this case though, we found that though the exhaust seals leaked a bit, nothing failed at all and after the prop was changed we have continued to run it for another 30+ hours without issue.
The Nitro 200 is still a brand new motor... It still needs to be proven by the world of paramotor pilots and the never ending assault that only time will tell. However we are quite convinced thus far. Since beginning to fly it each of us here at AviatorPPG have found ourselves gravitating away from our heavier units and choosing to fly our Nitros... Power, (lack of) weight, and comfort have all come together as one... We love it!
The upsides are all more than ample. We've discussed the power and weight. We've discussed the comfort of the harness, the fuel consumption, the experienced (and expected reliability). But...
...Let's take a moment then to discuss some of the somewhat negative things we discovered in our experience with the first prototypes we received.
As with all of our reviews, we want to be fully open with our affiliations... We ARE the importer for Air Conception for the Americas, but we are also dealers for other brands. We do our best to test the heck out of each new wing we can get our hands on, and we refuse to write a single review based upon less than complete data. Our general rule of thumb is to test a wing or motor for at least 10 hours in various conditions before making an assessment. In the case of the Nitro, here are our statistics:
Motor: Air Conception Nitro 200 Titanium
Type: Super Light Weight, High Power, Weight Shift Paramotor
Experience: 5 Units Imported to Test by Dealers (over 110 hours total time as of writing)
Conditions: No wind, high wind, tandems, small wings, large wings, etc.
Starting: From the first pull, the Nitro is a very easy motor to start. With the addition of a primer bulb (now available from the factory) we found cold starts to rarely take more than two pulls... In air restarts are very possible for most pilots. Stronger folk have taken to starting it with a single hand... The lower compression
Vibration: Because of it's super lightweight construction, the Nitro's inherent vibration is certainly a bit more felt than other, heavier brands... Yet after all of our testing (including 12 hours on one unit with an unbalanced propeller) we saw no evidence of vibration based breakage. The exhaust is generally the first place these light weight, high power machines damage and we are pleased to state that we've seen NO exhaust breakage as yet. Much of the felt vibration is minimized also by the included foam padding which is easily added to the Sup Air harness.
Power band: One of the finest things about the Nitro is the power band... Once you've broken the threshold from idle, everything becomes INCREDIBLY linear and allows for smooth control in all sorts of maneuvers. That said, if you are a light pilot, flying a large wing, you'll find that you rarely get INTO the power band and the approach to that linear curve is a bit abrupt. More on the ideal pilot later.
Sound: Probably the most unique part of the Nitro (aside from the idea of having a 42lb 200cc motor) is the sound... It RUMBLES. Reminiscient at idle of a single cylinder Harley or supermoto, the Nitro 200 sounds completely different than any other motor on the market. Mostly due to the lowered compression and expansive exhaust shape, the noise is not only DEEPER than most paramotors but also a good bit quieter than it's little brother the 130cc.
Flight Testing: Air Conception's frames offer some interesting advantages and a few that require a little set up.... Firstly, the weight shift on these units is pretty exceptional. Steep turns using nothing but body movement are easy and predictable. Additionally, due to the offset in the weight shift bars, torque is predictable and very manageable... Despite the high power and light weight normally associated with major torquing issues. That said, it IS important that pilots set the harness up properly for their weight and we encourage a power off 20-25 degree lean back to minimize any bucking or discomfort in the launch process.
Ideal Pilot: While it seems to be obvious that the Nitro opens the "light" world of paramotoring to a whole new range of heavier pilots I'd like to share with you what we feel are the two ideal pilot types for flying it.
Pilot A) Is a 225lb or heavier (up to about 400lbs if physically capable) pilot who is any where on the spectrum of experience. Flying a wing they're rated for. Tandems fall into this as well... Our heaviest tandem to date on the Nitro totaled over 470lbs under an Ozone Mag Max
Pilot B) Is a more experienced, but lighter pilot... Someone for whom power is necessary for the wing they fly. Our team pilots are mostly 160-200lbs and fly 16M-19M wings... For us, the Nitro opens a whole new world of maneuvering and climb... But if we were to fly "normal" size wings we'd find ourselves operating below the true power curve of the motor.
Once you've "seen the light" it is REALLY difficult to go back... While we like a lot of other brands out there, we find ourselves consistently choosing not to fly the heavier motors in our shop... Even our strongest and biggest team members find themselves drawn to the Air Conception... Particularly with the newfound power and fun of the Nitro.
If you're interested in trying one out, we'd be glad to have you... If you'd like to place an order for one, Click Here... Or Contact Us. We're currently selling them out at an average of 45 days wait but we're working hard to shorten the wait and to keep more in stock.