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The Landing Doctor Announces the Creation of Bristell Flight Academy (BFA)

Louis Mancuso, "The Landing Doctor", announces the creation of Bristell Flight Academy (BFA).  All BFA's will adhere to the Landing Doctor code.  Financing is Available!

 The Landing Doctor Code

  1. After takeoff, remain in ground effect until reaching Vy of 67 KIAS.
  2. During climb, you must see over the nose. Having the horizon in sight will prevent the possibility of a departure stall.
  3. During normal dual training, a touch and go will be permitted after the aircraft has dissipated its energy without the nose wheel touching the runway.
  4. After solo, all landings will be full stop, with a taxi back.
  5. All stalls will be imminent.
  6. Departure stalls will only be practiced with a CFI on board.
  7. If the pilot finds himself in the coffin corner because he/she overshot the turn from base to final, an immediate go-around will be initiated.
  8. Banks over 25 degrees will be avoided in the traffic pattern, especially during the turn from base to final.
  9. Defined Go-Around Point (DFGAP)

At 200 feet AGL, the plane must be at 60 KIAS + or – 5 knots, lined up with the center line and in its final flap setting of 20 or 30 degrees.

  1. Never touch down before the numbers, as landing short of the runway beginning can result in a serious accident.
  2. Always land in the first third of the runway.
  3. Always land with 90 minutes of fuel on board. (FOD of 6)
  4. If the engine quits, immediately switch tanks; then do the emergency check list.
  5. Do not fly if the temperature dew point spread is less than 6 degrees.
  6. Only fly at night when ground lights are visible.
  7. Do a more careful preflight when the plane has just come out of the shop.

The Landing Doctor Code

All BFA’s will have CFIs that are trained at the Landing Doctor training center where they will learn about our Personal Limitations Checklist (PLC), Ground Proximity Awareness (GPA), and DFGAP. All CFIs will perform GPA training with the students prior to teaching them normal landings.

Before beginning GPA training the student will become competent in;

  • Slow flight at 50 KIAS with full 30 degrees flap.
  • Slips along a road with full rudder deflection
  • Slips with exit speed of 60 KIAS +-5


The student will master 20 degree flap approaches at 60 KIAS straight down the runway center line with no crab. To make consistently smooth landings the pilot needs to look down the runway to the end after leveling out at five feet. Lou calls this the “Eye Transition Point”. 

Repeated approaches will be made lower and slower down the runway with 20 degrees of flaps until the student is comfortable and confident at 55 KIAS about 6 inches above the runway. Directional control is maintained down the center line with no crab. The rudder is set at 5 degrees more than necessary since the plane will crab more as speed slows below 55 during runway contact.

The “Landing Doctor” curriculum includes many balloons with go-arounds which helps the student learn how much pressure to use for a proper flare while learning the proper use of the controls during crosswind approaches. The CFI will seek out runways with a crosswind for all the GPA training.

The TLD CODE requires a commitment to make the go-around decision at 200 feet AGL. This is the DFGAP (DeFined Go-Around Point).

The “Landing Doctor” three part learning system will make BFA students “Masters and Commanders” of the aircraft during crosswind landings. Our goal is to make the Bristell aircraft very safe with the lowest accident record in our industry. Other Bristell attributes that contribute to the aircrafts safety are:

  • Great visibility through the bubble canopy
  • Large, easy to use and read, traffic display
  • Steerable nose wheel
  • Dual shock absorbers in the nose assembly
  • Berringer anti-lock brakes
  • Berringer high quality one piece wheel assembly with tubeless tires
  • Low empty weight that results in superior climb performance
  • Performance wing that aids in good crosswind capabilities.
  • Easy to reach baggage/jacket conveniently located behind the pilot’s seat.

Graduates of the Landing Doctor curriculum are rewarded with a Bristell Challenge coin.


The coin is earned when the student can land within 400 feet of the desired landing spot on the back of the main tires, with no crab while holding the nose wheel off the ground. The aircraft’s energy is dissipated by holding the nose slightly above the runway and then a go-around is performed being careful not to let the nose attitude get too high. The aircraft is kept within ground effect while the plane accelerates to Vy, best rate of climb of 67 KIAS.

When the pilot accomplishes all of the above standards, they receive a Bristell challenge coin.  “FINANCING IS AVAILABLE”

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