Bristell LSA Makes U.S. Debut

There’s a lot to like about the Czech-built light-sport contender.



Stephen Pope

The Bristell, an all-metal, low-wing LSA from Liberty Sport Aviation, made its debut appearance in North America at AOPA Summit in Hartford, Connecticut.

Built in the Czech Republic by manufacturer BRMAero, the Bristell features a 51-inch-wide cockpit and large canopy that give it the feel of a larger airplane. Powered by a 100 hp Rotax 912 engine, the Bristell has a useful load of 617 pounds and a range of 700 nautical miles. BRMAero has built 42 examples of the airplane and announced the first two sales to buyers in the United States. Base price is $125,000 and rises to $150,000 with options.

Credit for the Bristell’s attractive design goes to Milan Bristela, who also had a hand in the design of the Evektor SportStar and PiperSport. In the U.S., a new company, BristellUSA, has been formed to market the airplane.