What is the best Light Sport Aircraft? The Bristell because it is faster than a Skyhawk.

Q. How much storage does the Bristell have.

 A. An outstanding 128 lbs. 44 lbs in each wing locker place at the center of gravity over the main landing gear. Every Bristell comes with custom made wing locker bags. If it fits in the bag, it will fit in the wing locker and the lid will close. The wing lockers are water proof so you can put ice and beer or soda in the lockers at days end. There is convenient storage behind the seats that fit two airline style carry on luggage. This storage area hold 33 lbs that is accessible by the pilot or passenger. There is also a hat rack in the rear that hold 7 lbs.

Q. What is best glide?

65KIAS will produce a sink rate of 600 FPM and a glide ratio of 11 to 1

Q. How does the Bristell achieve the low empty weight of only 675 lbs? 

A. Milan Bristela uses light weight expensive 6061 aluminum and in various thicknesses ranging from a thin .016 to a very strong .032. He also uses light weight and very strong carbon fiber Kevlar in numerous places to add strength and save weight.

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

A. Planes that weight over 100 lbs more cannot climb as well and may not be able to get above a haze layer at 9000 feet or above some turbulent air. The Bristell is capable of flying at 15,500 feet. Heavy LSA aircraft of similar design not only cannot climb well above 6000 feet but are known to de-laminate the gear legs from landing frequently at or over gross weight.  

Q. What are some notable difference between the Bristell and other low wing designs?

A1. The Bristell light sport aircraft wing spar extends 18 inches out from the fuselage, so pilots never step on the wing when entering the plane. This will allow the wing to function without repairs vs other low wing designs that require the pilot and passenger to step on the wing when entering the plane.

 A2. The Bristell glare shield is very strong and acts as a hand hold for entering the cockpit. This makes getting in and out of the Bristell very easy. Some other LSA's have flimsy glare shields that cannot be used on entering and exit, making them difficult to get in and out of.

A3. The Bristell has a steerable nose wheel that's makes taxiing a delight. The nose wheel also has a dual  shock absorbers. 

A4. The Bristell has rudder pedals that move six inch up or back allowing a 6.8" pilot or 5'2' pilot. 

A5. The Bristell light sport aircraft is a Big Boy or Big Girl plane. Pilots that weight up to 280 lbs and are 6'8" tall can fit in the Bristell and the low empty weight allow them to take a passenger and adequate fuel. No other LSA and most certified aircraft do not compare with the Bristell and its 51 inch wide cabin.

 A6. No other LSA has Milan Bristela and his son Martin and their shared passion for making the best and safest LSA.

 A7. No other light sport aircraft has Lou Mancuso and his team supporting the Bristell. The Mancuso's have been making pilots ecstatically happy since 1946 and have a passion for aviation and aviation safety. Lou knows light sport aircraft and is happy to share his light sport safety programs with all pilots. He is affectionately know as "The Landing Doctor".


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

 A. 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.

Q. Why is dihedral so important for a light sport aircraft? 

A. The Bristell has considerable dihedral. This is important for stability in flight and helps the Bristell achieve the high demonstrated crosswind component of 15 knots. The Bristell's curved fuselage and balance weight elevator tips also aid in stable flight in turbulent air.