We love the FITI ground adjustable propeller. The electrically adjustable FITI makes the prop easily adjustable by the pilot. Use the takeoff maximum climb setting or the top cruise speed in flight setting.

Adjustable rudder pedals help the 5' 4" pilot and the 6' 8" pilot to both fit in a Bristell.

Q. Can the Bristell be flown IFR?     YES

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. If you loose a brake on landing, the Bristell is still controllable with the nose wheel steering. The steerable nose wheel makes the Bristell a very safe plane. The nose wheel's dual  shock absorbers protect the nose wheel assembly in the event of a hard landing.

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".


The Bristell is wider than a Cirrus at 51 inches wide. Even the biggest pilots that are 6' 8" tall and weight 280 lbs are comfortable in a Bristell. The pilot has great visibility from the cockpit due to the wonderfully designed canopy. Dual LED lights located in the wings, make the Bristell easy to see and provide good visibility during taxiing and takeoff and landing at night.

                          The Bristell is strong. Massive bolts are used to attach the wing to the fuselage. 

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. 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 heater very effective for great comfort on cold winter days.

Q. Why is the Bristell low 720 lb. empty weight so important.   

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.  A Cessna 152 has a 1120 lb. empty weight. It is no wonder a Bristell climbs 3x faster than a C152.

Our Bristell Spitfire has retractable gear and a top speed of  170 MPH with a 141 HP Rotax 915 Turbo Charged engine.

​The Garmin 10.6 inch PFD with GPS, ground terrain display, traffic and weather will make you gleeful. The Garmin autopilot holds altitude and tracks the GPS signal. The optional Garmin GMC 507 module makes the autopilot operations very simple. 

The Bristell is built to last. You enter the plane by stepping on the spar and not on the wing. You do not need to step over the flap, just step on the spar.

What is the best Light Sport Aircraft? The Bristell because it is:

  • Faster than a Skyhawk
  • ​Wider than a Cirrus
  • Has the most storage in class, including 44 lbs. in each wing locker
  • Has easy accessible storage for 2 airline style storage bags behind the pilot's seat
  • Has Garmin Avionics that would cost $300,000 if installed in a part 23 certified AC
  • It climbs at up to 1200 feet per minute due to its low power to weight ratio
  • Has a tight fitting canopy that keeps you warm when flying at 10,000 feet.
  • Has a canopy that closes easily and stays shut.


​Wing Span                    27 feet                       Width               51 inches      Widest in class

Empty Weight             720 lbs                        Fuel                 32 gallons                Range            800 miles

Useful Load                600 lbs                        Storage          128 lbs.         44 lbs each wing   30 lbs in cabin  7 lbs hat shelf

Vne                              155 knots...this is a strong aircraft     +4/-2 G Forces

Cruse                          120 knots... higher at altitude for our Turbo charged and fuel injected Rotax engine choices

Best Glide                     65 KIAS                    Glide Ratio    11 to 1        Sink rate   600 fpm

Steerable nose wheel with dual shock absorbers

Top of the line Berringer one piece machined wheels and anti-lock brakes. Hand or Toe Brakes. NO FLAT TIRES!!!

Electric Flaps with 3 settings, 10,20,30 degrees. Fuel selector and flaps on center console for easy access.

Rotax Engines with dependable electrical output from a stator. No alternator, no bracket, no belt.

Light weight 9 lb FITI Prop or DUC Prop or Sensenich Prop or MT Prop

Made in the Czech Republic by Milan Bristela

Imported to the USA by Lou Mancuso, 7000 hour CFI with family flight school for over 70 years. 

President-Mike Mancuso 14,000 hr corporate pilot and former airshow pilot.  www.bristellaircraft.com   www.thelandingdoctor.com

Comprehensive Training following the Landing Doctor training syllabus. 

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. 

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.