Niagara Falls, New York – July 11, 2017 – Calspan is pleased to announce the award of a 5-year contract worth more than $20 million by the United States Air Force.
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.
“Calspan is proud to continue a relationship with the USAF TPS that has lasted over 50 years,” said Lou Knotts, CEO & President of Calspan.
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. Calspan also operates a flight research and testing facility at the Niagara Falls International Airport where they own and operate a number of aircraft used as in-flight simulators and airborne testbeds. For more information about Calspan, please visit https://www.calspan.com.