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Posted by new owner of 2011 Bristell N405BL, Chris Schuldt
I just arrived home in Virginia with N405BL. It ended up being a bit more of an adventure than I expected, but before I tell the story, you Gotta know that the Bristell aircraft folks in the states are awesome.
Left Punta Gorda Sunday morning and had an issue with the airplane that caused an electrical failure which resulted in the loss of the avionics. I diverted to Lake City Gateway airport in northern Florida. It seemed hopeless for the first hour or so until I reached out to John Calla, the previous owner who I bought the aircraft from. John is also a sales rep for Bristell in SW Florida. John called the mechanic who did the pre-buy and Lou Mancuso, the principal owner of Bristell USA. Once we assessed the problem it appeared that we needed a part that would not be easily obtained with my limited travel capabilities. Lou devised a plan where I could fly to his airport in The Villages, FL and he would take the part I needed off one of the planes in his stable to get me home.
A month ago, when I looked at N405BL, I also looked at N922BL, Louis Mancuso's personal Bristell. I chose to buy N405BL instead of Lou's airplane. None of that mattered to Lou or his decision-making process. He made it explicitly known that no matter what, if you own a Bristell, you are part of the Bristell family. In the end, I was able to troubleshoot the problem down to a faulty switch in the panel. The rest of my flight back to Virginia was great.
If you're on the fence about buying a Bristell, know that it is an incredible airplane and that Bristell USA is customer focused and they are here to help you. Whether you buy a new plane or one of the used Bristells in the USA fleet, the support is great. Chris Schuldt
"Learning to fly with the Mancuso family was the best thing I ever did."
Greg became an LSA CFI and taught in Mid Island Air Service LSA aircraft when he had only 150TT. He was paid for most of the hours in his log book.
The Sebring Flight Academy follows the Landing Doctor Code and is the least expensive program in the USA for becoming an Airline Pilot.
"It was great working with Lou and his team form my Bristell purchase. Kathy and I are flying all over the USA and having a ball."
" I call my Bristell "The Rock Star". I love my plane and love the Bristell team".
"Lou Mancuso is one of the most caring, reputable and sincere men I have ever met in aviation".