Why buy a Bristell LSA? By Louis Mancuso
Flying the Bristell , 02/ 2012, By Louis Mancuso
and produced by Milan Bristela the original designer
of the Piper Sport.
||TruTrak EFIS, Autopilot, G796, & IPAD.
- Imported by highly
respected John Calla and Barry Pruitt who have many years experience
maintaining and operating various LSA aircraft with Rotax engines.
- Distributed by Lou Mancuso
(6000 hr CFI) and US Air Force F-16 and C130 Jet Pilot John Rathmell who have many years experience operating,
delivering, and speaking about various LSA aircraft. Lou’s FBO has been in
business for 65 years. The Mancuso Group will finance your Bristell.
- Milan Bristela’s just in time manufacturing process assures low cost production and Mr. Bristela is on the factory floor every day. Mr. Bristela was the primary designer of the Piper Sport
and the Bristell.
- The Bristell is mechanic and flight school owner friendly. Lower maintenance costs due
- Stainless steel firewall
plus engine set forward to allow easy A&P access.
- US made tires and tubes
allow any maintenance shop to change a tire.
- All USA AN hardware, readily available from any US aviation
- Empenage access panels allow easy access to elevator trim servos.
- The Bristell’s engine thermostat assures even engine temperatures.
- The choice of TruTrak EFIS & Autopilot and G796 assures
- Water tight wing lockers
keep the wing dry and prevent water corrosion.
- Empty Weight 750
pounds…100 pounds less than the Piper Sport or the Skycatcher.
The low empty weight also results in better climb performance and allows
student training at power settings that result in a fuel burn of 2.8
gallons per hour.
- Cabin width of 51 inches
and adjustable rudder pedals yield extreme cabin comfort. If you are 6” 8”
and weigh 270 pounds….the Bristell is the only
LSA you should consider.
- Warm cabin heat with
canopy demister (defroster) is standard and is an important feature.
- The canopy design, with
the composite sun shade area on the top, provides extra rollover
protection and helps keep the cabin cool on a hot day.
- Push rod controls are
encased in a protective canvas to prevent any accidental jamming of flight
controls by small objects and also a must have for safety reasons.
- The Bristell main spar extends beyond the wing step area for added strength.
|Comfortable bucket seats with four point harness.
||The rudder pedals move forward and back 6
||The three bladed prop has great ground
Behind the seats are
enclosed allowing cushions to be placed behind the seat, so short pilots
can enjoy the bucket seat contour against his or her back and great
visibility over the nose. The enclosed area behind the seats is an
enhanced safety feature.
- 34 gallon tanks can provide
over eight hours of endurance. Flight schools will not experience down
time waiting for a lineman to refuel the Bristell.
- The Bristell’s nose wheel is designed to withstand abuse incurred during student training.
- The Bristell has convenient student friendly nose wheel steering and 6 inch adjustable
- The Bristell has a three bladed ground adjustable propeller that has 14 inches of prop
clearance vs 6 inches for other single propeller
LSA’s with continental engines.
- The 121 SF wing yields a
32 knot stall speed for good control in crosswinds and efficient cruise
speeds. The clean stall speed is 39 knots which allows safe taxi on a
- Wing attached bolts are
oversized for added strength and durability.
|LED low draw landing lights in each
||TruTrak EFIS SG AP, SL40, GTX 327, G796,
- Dual wing landing lights
makes the Bristell highly visible.
- The separate on/off
switches for the electric starting packs result in the need for only one
canopy key…a convenience feature, especially for flight schools.
- The panel mounted Apple
IPOD is cocked towards the pilot for easy viewing. Attach a Elf GPS antenna and a Foreflight subscription and you have the latest technology for very low cost.
- The choice of the
dependable TruTrak EFIS allows the new owner of
a Bristell to add an Altitude holding Autopilot
for as little as $3000 installed. The TruTrak autopilot was chosen for the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer and the new
- The Garmin 796 placed in
the center stack has the latest synthetic vision and the oversized screen
allows easy viewing of traffic when the optional traffic display is added.
- If you would like to practice
ILS approaches, just add a Garmin SL30 Nav Com
to your Bristell Clipper SG AP. The TruTrak EFIS will now display the GPS in pink and the
ILS and Nav as a green line on the slaved H.S.I.
display. You will also be able to talk to FSS on 122.1 and listen on the
nearest VOR for updated weather information.
I hope you have found this information to be helpful and if
you decide to purchase a Bristell or a share in a Bristell, you will have made a fine decision.
Happy Flying….Louis Mancuso
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