Calspan gets USD 20m VISTA/F-16 in-flight simulator contract

Calspan has been awarded a 5-year contract worth more than USD 20 million by the United States Air Force, the company said.

Calspan will provide services that include support for the Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator and Test Aircraft (VISTA) for the United States 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. These systems provide an outlet to safely simulate environments not available with any other airframe or system.

For more than 70 years, Calspan has been providing research and testing services in the aviation and transportation industries and is internationally recognized for research and innovation. Calspan is privately owned with its headquarters located in Buffalo, New York where they maintain a variety of testing facilities including a transonic wind tunnel, a vehicle crash test operation, a HYGE sled used for child seat testing, and a high performance tire testing facility.