FAQ

Bristell comes in at a low empty weight 675 pounds. How is this achieved?

Designer Milan Bristela uses high quality 6061 aluminum.  Materials of varying thicknesses as well as the extremely durable yet lightweight carbon fiber Kevlar compounds are utilized in specific places to add structural strength and reduce weight.

Why is the low weight so important for a light sport aircraft?

Planes that weigh even 100 pounds more than a Bristell have more difficulty climbing and therefore face potential issues when it comes to rising above a layer of haze or turbulence.  The Bristell is capable of flying at 14,000 feet while heavier LSA have trouble even rising above 9000 feet. Other similar manufacturers have reported that frequently landing aircraft over gross weight have been known to have gear legs de-laminate and weaken the gear. The robust Bristell does not exhibit this issue.

What power plant do we normally use?

We use Rotax aircraft engines. Primarily we use dual altitude carbureted 100 horsepower 912 ULS, and the recently released 912IS Sport, fuel injected.  This is an aircraft engine by design and not a model adapted from other uses. These are the same engines used to pull the United States military drone fleet through the skies.  They carry a 2000 hour TBO, very reliable, economical, and robust.

Why is the wing dihedral so important for light sport aircraft?

The Bristell has a considerable dihedral, which is important for in-flight stability and helps the Bristell achieve a high demonstrated crosswind component of 15 knots.  The Bristell's curved fuselage and balance weighted elevator tips aid in providing stable flight in turbulent air.

How much storage does the Bristell offer?

A Bristell offers an outstanding 128 pound cargo load capability.  2x 44 pound wing lockers and 33 pounds of cockpit accessible luggage space.  The waterproof wing lockers, and waterproof custom luggage bags can be packed at home and offer convenient storage.

What are some notable differences between a Bristell other low wing designs regarding comfort and practicality?

  • Support - No other low wing LSA has our depth of support for their team. Lou Mancuso's father started in 1946 with a passion for aviation, safety, and training. His passion carries over into Lou Jr.'s stewardship for the Bristell: "Making our customers ecstatically happy!".
  • Design - the heavy duty wing base extends 18" from the fuselage, meaning the pilots do not have to step on the actual wing to get in the plane. This prevents the wing from foot traffic which otherwise would subject the wing to damage.
  • Function - The fuel is safely stored in dual wing tanks for fuel contamination safety unlike another popular LSA which stores 20 gals in a single tank in the cockpit. Also a steerable nose wheel makes taxiing easy, and safer for landings especially in the case of brake failure.
  • The Bristell uses AN/MS hardware as a design component so that your regular A&P can easily find hardware for your plane.
  • Fit -The Bristell has rudder pedals that can adjust 6" forward and back allowing for pilots 5' 2" to 6' 8", and with its 51" wide cabin, there's a lot of elbow room and an overall comfortable ride.

How does the canopy design differ from some of the competition?

The Bristell canopy closes as soon as the two canopy halves meet. Their are no latches to shut and no levers to move. The design cannot open in flight once the two halves meet and the canopy seals tightly which makes the heat very effective for great comfort on cold winter days.