The annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport remains the showcase for all that’s new and exciting in the sport-aviation world, but a little more than a decade into the LSA revolution, real surprises seem few and far between. So, it was edifying to see attendees drawn to the booth of Bristell Aircraft of The Villages, Fla., where company president Lou Mancuso was extolling the virtues of the pair of sleek low-wing aircraft on display: the trike-geared Bristell and the Bristell TDO (taildragger option). Though this was his company’s—and the Bristell’s—debut appearance at Expo, Mancuso is no stranger to the LSA world.
In 2008, Mancuso, who had spent his career selling pre-owned King Airs, Navajos and other high-end GA aircraft, decided to move into selling new LSAs. In the years since then, he has been an authorized sales agent successively for Flight Design, Evektor, Czech Sport Aircraft, Remos, the PiperSport and Tecnam. “Each year, we’d be looking for the best of the best,” Mancuso says, adding that he feels that search has ended. “We found the Bristell, and now we’re home where we belong—the final stop.”