Calspan has been awarded a 5-year contract worth more than $20 million by the United States Air Force to provide services that include support for the Variable Stability In-Flight simulator and Test Aircraft (VISTA) for the US Air Force Test Pilot School (USAF TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Under this contract, Calspan will provide maintenance, operations support, engineering, and curriculum development for the USAF TPS VISTA/F-16.
Since its inception in the 1980s, the VISTA/F-16 program has been instrumental in developing and testing new flight technologies that affect operational readiness and force projection. The VISTA/F-16 testbed is a unique fixture in aerospace and defense, offering fully programmable flight controls and avionics systems. The systems provide an outlet to safely simulate environments not available in any other airframe or system.