Team

Milan and Lou

Milan Bristela

Milan is the designer and manufacture of the Bristell and he is located in the Czech Republic with his son Martin.

Louis Mancuso

President (Fearless leader) Bristell Aircraft/Sport Flying USA Inc.

Lou is known as “The Landing Doctor” as he has spent his life trying to improve the process of teaching new pilots how to land safely.

Lou has created the Personal Limitations Checklist, Ground Proximity Awareness Training and the Defined Go-Around to keep you and your loved ones safe. These safety concepts are part of every Bristell delivery. We have invested thousands of dollars in parts to keep the Bristell fleet in the air and not on the ground.  The company mantra is, “Our goal is making the customer ecstatically happy.”

Michael Mancuso – Partner

Air show performer and commercial pilot Michael, Lou’s son, started flying gliders when he was 11 years old. By the time he was 18,  he had his commercial pilots certificate and was off to a successful aerobatics career.

John Rathmell – Bristell America Sales Manager/Import

Capt. John Rathmell co-ordinates all sales, demos, and deliveries of our Bristells when he is not flying a Lear Jet. He is our most enthusiastic member of our team. You will find Captain John, in Lancaster PA or at all of our shows.

John Calla – Sales Associate

John is a master CFI and serves as the dealer and demo pilot for Adventure Sport Aviation in Punta Gorda, FL and covers  the west coast of Florida. Call John for practical LSA information he has years and many hours of training given behind Rotax engines and Bristells.

Vincent Basile – Senior Sales Broker

Vince joined Mid Island back in the 70’s while the operation was still at Deer Park Airport. He is a CFI with a BS from Dowling College. His passion and expertise is in aircraft sales. He has sold hundreds of aircraft, everything from singles to jets to helicopters. He is also the point of contact for New York Jet Charter department. Vince has been a Mid Island Air Service, Inc. partner since 1993.

Rich Maisano – Director of Maintenance

Rich is our mechanic team leader in Lancaster (KLNS) Pa. Rich is in charge of new aircraft certifications and assembly of our kits and experimental Bristell aircraft.  He is an active LSA pilot and a certified Rotax mechanic with heavy maintenance training.

Nate Gellespie, Nick Nygun, Joe Desipio, Greg Acri, Patrick Morgan – A&P Maintenance tech(s) or Light Sport Repairmen

The team assists Rich Maisano at the Lancaster Facility.

Al Hubler

Al works out of our Lancaster Facility. He is a retired airline captain, master CFI, former ATC Specialist, A and P mechanic, and retired FAA safety team leader. He has contributed to our GPA Training document(s) and helps us with our shows, aircraft deliveries and training of new owners.

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