Testing of an adaptive flight controller that could enable pilots to save a damaged or out-of-control aircraft is underway on an F-16 at Edwards AFB, California, as a critical step toward eventual certification of the system for piloted and unmanned aircraft. The first flight of the L1 adaptive control law on Calspan’s variable stability inflight simulator test aircraft (VISTA) F-16 took place at Edwards on Aug. 26 following a week of ground tests. The two-week campaign is expected to ...

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