About BRISTELL USA LP
In the summer of 2009, the search for that next aircraft that would be a game changer, a real step forward in the Light Sport Industry, began. Looking on the web, traveling to manufacturer sites, looking at prospective certification packets of aircraft that were not yet certified under the ASTM guidelines for Special Light Sport Aircraft Airplanes. We looked at U.S. manufactured aircraft, foreign built aircraft that were already for sale elsewhere, but not in the USA. Still no joy.
In November 2011, there was a glimmer of hope. I decided to stop looking for aircraft and start looking for designers who had a proven proclivity to design good looking, nice handling aircraft. Milan Bristela, whom I had known to be with Evektor Aerotechnik in the SportStar and EuroStar programs as well as a designer and production engineer at Czech Aircraft Works, CZAW; (Prior owner of the SportCruiser/PiperSport program before being bought out by an investment group). I knew his work and knew that I liked it.
I had seen some of his “new” work through the grapevine as early as 2007 when the first drawings of the NG4 were made while here in the USA afterhours…just a drawing, but more than that, a dream. A dream to build his own aircraft with uncompromised craftsmanship and attention to every detail without the encumbrances of the corporate decision making process. The next generation of LSAs was put to paper!
Side note: The NG1 was the Mermaid of Czech Aircraft Works (CZAW), the NG2 was the Parrot of CZAW, the NG3 was the SportCruiser/PiperSport of CZAW then later Czech Sport Aircraft (CSA).
A small lot of aircraft was built under the NG4 moniker, but there were many refinements and a few substantial changes that needed to be done in Mr. Bristela’s opinion, so he went back to the drawing board. This time though, he decided to make a go of it completely on his own; BRM Aero was born.
The name BRM Aero was homage to what started Milan’s dreams about all things fast and mechanical: British Racing Motors, (generally known as BRM), that raced from the 1950’s to 1977. The Formula One type of design refinement was what Milan Bristela had in mind, so the name for the company was set. Mr. Bristela started with different portions of designs in his previous four personal designs as well as other designs that he had seen and worked on over the years, and then set to making changes. There are close to 30 structural and design changes on the Bristell NG5 from its latest precendent by Mr. Bristela, the NG4.
In May of 2011 a trip to Czech Republic was planned and I stayed at the factory for over two weeks to get to know how things were done there. I had been to factories in Spain, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine before; so I expected a similar experience. Lots of workers, slowly working in a factory environment. That is not what I found.
I found a small group of highly motivated artisans who are to be the first tier managers when the operation grows organically from aircraft sales. I say organically, because outside funding is neither needed nor desired. The factory is efficiently laid out for production and flows well. There is no wasted space or time between phases. The metal for the aircraft is CNC pre-cut and drilled before arriving to the factory. The operation is lean and the workers are cross-trained and work together well. Each production phase is surrounded by walls of the AN/MS hardware being used on the aircraft. (Yes, AN/MS hardware on a light sport!) Mr. Bristela found that by using the proven quality AN/MS hardware could actually reduce or at the very least, maintain production cost: If an organization is using off-the-shelf metric hardware, they should be testing lots of the hardware for quality assurance. With the controlled, AN/MS hardware, this step was no longer required.
Parts count reduction and ease of maintenance were just two of the primary design goals for the aircraft’s continued airworthiness and long airframe life. Making it a comfortable, capable, cross-country machine, capable of taking the day to day abuse of a flight school environment, were also goals.
To continue the Simple and Proven is the best course of action for Mr. Bristela’s manufacturing, we at Bristell USA, have taken a unique approach to pricing and sales of our aircraft as well. The price you see when you specify your aircraft is the final price of the aircraft. The only additional expense will be state taxes in your state, where applicable. Any sales outlet will make their commission on the sale of the aircraft, not on the options that they add at the time of sale. This way when they are helping you specify your aircraft installations and options, you are assured that their help and concern is genuine and is based on getting the best aircraft suited for your mission and needs. They are there to assist you in getting the best product suited for your planned needs. Almost all of us are familiar with this type of "menu pricing" from new automotive sales, so it is a pricing and buying paradigm that should be comfortable.