About Us

Our Mission: We continually improve our Processes and Procedures to make our Customers Ecstatically Happy while maintaining the Dignity of our Family of Employees.

Come see us at any of the upcoming shows.

DeLand Aero Showcase


1000 Flight Line Blvd, DeLand Florida 32724 386-626-7241 KDED

Held during November, go to the web site for exact dates

SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo


KLAL Lakeland Florida

Held during April, go to web site for exact dates.



KOSH Oshkosh Wisconsin

Held at the end of July, go to the web site for exact dates.

We make Ecstatically Happy customers due to our outstanding support. We love to see our customer’s Bristells ready for their next mission. We import the Bristell’s into Lancaster, PA (KLNS), Sport Flying USA Services (SFUSAS), Inc.
Owner, John Rathmell, and chief mechanic, Rich Maisano, specialize in light sport aircraft sales and service. If there is a problem, Richie will fix it.
Captain John was a military jet pilot and Airline Captain. He loves flying and selling Bristells. As of 2023 John has sold and delivered over 75 Bristell aircraft. John knows every Bristell feature and benefits better than anyone in the world. Contact him 7 days a week on his personal cell phone: 717-371-8677
Captain John Rathmell: Sales Manager: Lancaster, PA (KLNS) EMAIL: john@bristellaircraft.com MOBILE: 717-371-8677

Showroom Balcony in the Czech Republic


Lou Mancuso, “The Landing Doctor” and CEO of Bristell Aircraft, LLC., the exclusive importer of the Bristell for the USA, Canada, and Central America, with Milan Bristela, CEO of BRM AERO in the Czech Republic.

Milan Bristela with his son Martin.

BRM AERO is the brainchild of Milan Bristela, the aeronautical engineer designer, factory owner, and creator of the Bristell Light Sport Aircraft. Over 120 aircraft were built last year. Serial number 700 will roll off the production line some time this year. Milan has grown the company slowly and with very little debt. He needs very few plane sales per year to keep the factory in great financial condition.

His reputation for design excellence and “ground up” 3D Auto Cad design programs make the Bristell lighter, faster, and stronger than most of the competition. The Bristell is unmatched for fit and finish. It is beautifully crafted and designed to accommodate pilots from 5’2″ to 6’8″. The 51 inch wide cabin is widest in class and allows room for a wide array of Garmin Avionics. The wing storage lockers are right on the center of gravity and hold 44 pounds each. BRM AERO custom luggage bags can be fully packed at home and the pilot can be assured it will fit in the wing locker. Two airline style carry on bags will fit easily behind the seats and and that storage area can hold 33 pounds. Your 30 pound dog is very comfortable in the storage area behind the seats. There is also a hat shelf for up to 7 pounds.

Milan’s passion for building a great plane is signified with his slogan on every plane, “Wings with Heart”. His attention to detail has helped create a strong (157 KIAS Vne) aircraft that is light weight, which results in superior climb rates. Our 915iS Turbo LSA can climb to 10,000 feet in only 6 minutes. The Bristell design and light weight has made it possible to use 4 different Rotax engines including the 141HP 915iS Turbo engine. Many of our Bristell’s have a empty weight of only 750 pounds, resulting in a 570 pound useful load and 450 pound payload for pilot, passenger and 4 hours of fuel.

The thought and care that has gone into the design of each model is clear to all those who are fortunate enough to have flown in a Bristell or, indeed, own one. For example, the convenient latching canopy design results in a tight closing canopy that helps the cabin heat and defrost work great.

The wing design is special to the Bristell as the wing spar extends 18″ out from the fuselage. This means that the pilot steps on the spar and not on the wing or over a flap when getting into the Bristell. The Bristell will never need wing repairs due to years of pilots stepping on the wing to enter the plane.

For factory info and specifications for all Bristell models, please visit the factory site www.bristell.com or www.brmaero.com

To learn more about the BRM AERO factory click on the “WHY BRISTELL” VIDEO BELOW.

Lou Mancuso

CFI 7000TT “The Landing Doctor” CEO

Lou’s dad started the family flight school in 1946.

Mike Mancuso

CFI 14,000TT

Mike was #4 Wing man for the Northern Lights Aerobatic Team for many years. After 15 years as an airshow performer, Mike became a corporate pilot. He is captain of a corporate Jet and is President of Mid Island Air Service, the family FBO, on Long Island. Mid Island was started in 1946 by Lou SR.

Timothy Rex

CFI 1000 TT General Manager

Timothy has been involved in General Aviation for many years. He manages the Sebring Flight Academy for the Mancuso family in Sebring Florida. Timothy is a graduate of the Sebring Flight Academy and is well versed in the “Landing Doctor” methods of teaching. He is a good stick which may have come from his previous tail wheel flying experience.

Kari Mancuso

Kari is an Ohio State graduate and handles everything financial. She is administrative assistant to the CEO, Lou Mancuso. You will feel like family when you speak with Kari.

Rich Maisano



Rich is the best LSA mechanic I know.He has been to Rotax training schools numerous times and is an expert on Bristells, Rotax, and Garmin Avionics.
He is also our DAR who signs the paperwork allowing our Bristell LSA’s to obtain US Registration.

Susan Mancuso Guerra

Chief Loan Officer

Sue is President of “The Mancuso Group”

John Calla

John has a passion for flight training and aircraft sales. His plane is based at Punta Gorda KPGD. You can see John at our shows.

Evan Damadeo CFII 800TT

Shirley, NY 631-281-5400

Evan has recently got our Bristell’s approved in our FAA part 141 school.We have sold our Piper arrow as we can now train commercial students in Technically
Advanced Bristell Aircraft.

Captain John Rathmell

Sales Manager, delivery pilot, and Import coordinator.


Captain John Rathmell, Sales Manager, delivery pilot, and Import coordinator. John has a great rapport with all of our customers. We have Bristell owners all over the USA who are agreeable to having prospective buyers fly with them in their Bristell, as a demo flight.