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Bristell light sport aircraft, Bristell from Liberty Sport Aviation.

While wondering around the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo I came across a plane called the Bristell. The name comes from the designers name Milan Bristela. Milan's history in light sport aircraft goes back many years before these craft were even called light sport.

He has used those years of experience to design a next generation of light sport. Why next generation? Because it seems he has taken all of the suggestions American's have been making to improve light sport and designed them into the Bristell!

While the majority of light sport aircraft are powered by the Rotax 912 ULS, the Bristell 912 installation really stands out in the crowd. The large spacious compartment makes for ease of repair and or maintenance.

All of the external components, such as rectifier, overflow bottle etc are conveniently mounted on the firewall. Additionally the overflow bottle has a vent tube which takes any overflow out and away from the firewall, to help prevent corrosion. Another feature is that the electrical engine components for the instruments are rubber mounted to the firewall, rather than to the engine, to help eliminate vibration, which can lead to sender and sensor failure.

The Bristell has what I believe is the widest cockpit of any light sport 51" at the ELBOW! Which should fit even the largest of American pilots. The leather seats are very comfortable with adequate lumbar support, and have a long seat cushion which extends out to give excellent leg support. The plane comes equipped with dual joy sticks, dual rudder pedals and dual toe brakes. It uses a center mounted throttle, and choke which are located on a console that runs back from the instrument panel between the two pilot seats. Forward of the throttle are the fuel selector valve and electric flap control which sets the flaps to the position you have chosen the flaps to go to. Ventilation is supplied via a duct system similar to most of today's cars. This system also converts to a heating system for cold weather operations.

While the Bristell is fabricated from metal, it still has all the lines and curves of the more exotic composite LSA's. Which according to the designer "helps to vent turbulence." Which means that the air tends to flow better around sleek curved objects rather than box or square objects.

The Bristell on display was equipped with a glass panel. It had a True Track Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS), with the new Garmin 796 to the right of it in the center of the panel. Just to the right of the Garmin 796 is an Apple IPAD with a USB port. Both the Garmin 796 and the iPad can be disconnected and removed from the plane in seconds, and be taken to back to your car or motel room, for charging or reprogramming if necessary. Above the instrument panel is located an "eyebrow" which shields the instrument panel from sunlight, to make it more visible. The panel is equipped with a line of blue lights which when turned on illuminate the panel for evening and night operations. The "eyebrow" also has a set of handles one on each side to help pilots enter and exit the craft.

The Bristell carries 30.6 gallons of fuel, and has two storage compartments, 1 located in each wing, which can hold 44 lbs each, plus a third storage area directly behind the seats which can carry another 33 lbs. The Bristell stalls at 32 knots with flaps and 39 knots clean. Cruise speed ranges from 89 to 116 knots. The Bristell also has a steerable nosewheel.

As of January 2012 approximately 50 aircraft are flying, with two of those located in the U.S. The company reports that 7 sales have been made since September 2011 when the plane was first introduced at the AOPA convention.

For more information contact:

Lancaster Airport KLNS
500 Airport Road
Lititz, PA 17543
Barry Pruit, John Calla Jr.
210-393-2530 (717) 818-9063


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