13 December 2020
+VIDEO Czech manufacturer Bristell has received EASA type certification for its all-new Bristell B23 – which Bristell calls its ‘next-generation aircraft’.
The B23 has been designed to satisfy European CS-23/ U.S. FAR-23 certification requirements. Bristell says it listened to feedback from more than 500 customers of its previous model, the Bristell LSA, worldwide before designing the new aircraft.
While the B23 looks similar to the classic Bristell LSA, there are numerous differences. The fuselage is longer and the tail, flaps and stabiliser are larger. The composite main landing gear legs have been redesigned to carry higher loads and the aircraft’s handling characteristics are said to be much improved. There’s also a twin elevator trim tab function.
The B23’s maximum take-off weight is 750kg and it has an empty weight of 435kg, giving a 315kg payload. With max fuel of 120 litres on board, that leaves 229kg for passengers and baggage making it useful as a tourer as well as for training.
“The airframe is designed for long life and has a robust structure, which makes it particularly well-suited to flight training,” said Bristell.
Basic equipment includes steerable nose wheel and a BRS ballistic parachute rescue system. The standard equipped aircraft also meets night-VFR requirements and can be upgraded to meet IFR requirements.
Bristell is offering the first 30 B23 aircraft at a discount of €20,000 on the list price of €200,000.
Engine 100hp Rotax 912S3
Prop 3-blade MTV adjustable
Avionics Garmin including dual G3X displays
Wing span 9.274m
Wing area 11.75sqm
Wing loading 51.06kg/sqm
Aircraft length 6.585m
Aircraft height 2.36m
Cabin width 1.3m
Empty weight 435kg
Maximum take-off weight 750kg
Useful load 315 kg
Fuel tanks capacity 120 litres
Fuselage luggage compartment 15kg
Wing luggage compartment 2 x 20kg
Load factors +4/-2g
Stall speed without flaps 48kt
Stall speed with flaps 41kt
Maximum horizontal flight speed 117kt
Vne 156 keas
Max rate of climb 732ft/min
Take off distance ground roll 363m
Take off distance over 50ft obstacle 469m
Landing distance ground roll 134m
Landing distance over 50ft obstacle 329m