FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do owners have to say?

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Hear what owner Jim Goldman has to say.  

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Why does the factory make the Bristell wings and fuselage all Aluminum?

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Aluminum is proven and will last for over 50 years.

Why did Milan Bristela design wing lockers for the Bristell?

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The waterproof wing lockers hold 44 pounds each right over the center of gravity. This is the safest place to put heavy items and remain in balance.

Why did Milan choose nose wheel steering?

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Nose wheel steering is the safest. If you have a worn brake lining and loose a brake, you can still control direction on a landing with a steerable nose wheel.

Does the Bristell have any nose wheel shock absorber protection?

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Yes! There is dual shock absorber protection. An inner hydraulic shock absorber and an outer coil spring.

Are all low wing designs the same?

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NO! The Bristell wing attaches to the main spar which extends 18 inch on either side of the fuselage. Pilots do not need to step over a flap.

Does the Bristell have more dihedral than the competition?

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 Yes! Just look at the ground clearance to the wing.

The Bristell dihedral allows for landing in strong crosswinds and provides natural wing leveling qualities.  

Is the Bristell wing stronger than the competition?

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Yes! The Bristell uses massive attached wing bolts as shown in this picture. The Bristell has a 157 knot Vne as a result of it's strength.

What is the number one reason a pilot might want to consider a Bristell?

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The Mancuso Family has been in the FBO business since 1946 and knows how to make Ecstatically Happy Customer

What is the Bristell Vne?

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The Bristell Vne is 157 knots.

A high Vne means the plane is very strong.

How stable is the factory?

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Very stable. Milan Bristela is an aeronautical engineer and the owner of the company. He only needs to sell 24 planes a year to pay his bills. He sold over 120 planes in 2019.

How does the canopy close?

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The Bristell canopy closes with an over center closing mechanism that works every time. The tight fitting canopy means a warm cabin when flying at 11,500 feet.

Why is the BRS Recovery System not Standard?

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Our customers who are accustomed to having a plane with a recovery system order a chute. 

Our customers who do not want the weight or expense do not.


If you have the money, are there any reasons not to order a Recovery System?

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The 44 pound weight of the chute adds about 5% to the weight of the aircraft, therefore, you need more room for takeoff, your climb is less, your service ceiling is less and you may need to carry less fuel to stay under gross weight.

What are the negatives to having a chute?

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There are cases where a pilot in a light sport aircraft pulled the chute, survived the impact and was badly injured as the plane was dragged along rough terrain.

More to think about

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An off airport landing may be safer than taking a chance on being tangled in high tension wires after a successful chute deployment.

What are all the costs for the BRS Recovery System?

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Initial cost about $9000, repack every 5 years about $4000, rocket every 8 years about $3000. Downtime while your plane has the chute serviced.

Can you add a BRS Recovery System later?

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You cannot add a BRS Recovery System after the plane is built. However, we order some of our demo planes with chute pre-wire so the chute can be added later.

You can order your Bristell pre-wired for a BRS Recovery System and add a chute later.