Merlinspop wrote:Are the manufacturers completely different?
Indeed they are. When Czech Aircraft Works reorganized as Czech Sport Aircraft (and Piper bailed out on the PiperSport agreement), Milan left , and he and his son started their own company. At first they were renting hangar space from his former employer while they were setting up their own operation. This from the BRM Aero website:
Milan graduated in the subject of aircraft construction and aircraft producing on the Military Academy of Antonin Zapotocky in Brno. He has been in aviation industry since 1983, in this year he graduated the university. During 26 years he has been collecting experiences not only in the field of aircraft construction and aircraft design but also marketing and international trade. Milan founded BRM AERO s.r.o. in 2009 with a simple but ambitious goal – to develop the best aircraft in the world in its category. The development and production of the first airplane he began in rented spaces (emphasis added) together with his son Martin, who is an integral part of the company today. After the successful certification of the first Bristell prototype OKQAR25 he has developed cooperation with a network of distributors for selected foreign territories. The company began selling the first version of Bristell Classic in 2011, a fixed-gear aircraft. In 2012 Milan developed a Bristell RG retractable gear aircraft and in the following year Bristell TDO, aircraft with a spur gear. The growing production was oved to its own production facilities after 5 years (emphasis added). Production capacity was more than doubled over the next two years.
So, BRM Aero is a completely different company, under different ownership, now with its own facilities, though located on the same airport.