Edwards test team wins ITEA award

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The HAVE LIGHT Test Team, comprised of local members from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and 775th Test Squadron has been selected as the winner for the 2016 International Test and Evaluation Association Awards, in the Technical Achievement Category.

This team was a compilation of professionals from across the Air Force Test Center, demonstrating the true “One Center” vision that is emphasized by center leadership.  The team consisted of members from the 96th Test Group and 586th Flight Test Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., as well as 775th Test Squadron and test pilot school personnel from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. 

Through this teams distributed construct, many organizations simultaneously benefited.  The 96th Test Group benefited from having USAF Test Pilot School fund the flying hours to refine an electro-optic sensor test-bed concept. Edwards AFB’s engineering group refined advanced flight test techniques for electro-optic sensors.  The Precision Attack System Program Office now has a low cost test-bed for future targeting pod test efforts. 

Finally, the USAF Test Pilot School not only received a challenging test management project that satisfied graduation requirements at a fraction of the schedule risk typically associated with scheduling high demand F-16s, but they are also afforded the opportunity to enhance their curriculum to address cutting edge developmental test techniques.  Congratulations from Team Edwards!