by Robert A.
As I de-planed from a cross-country flight recently with United Air Lines, I asked the captain to show me the traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TACAS) display on his instrument panel. During the 1980s, I had served on the team at the Dalmo Victor Division of Lockheed to develop the TACAS. As a former military pilot, I had been selected as one of the 23 technical employees to partner with the Sperry Phoenix division to develop the TCAS under contract with the FAA. The captain was pleased to share with me the benefits that had come from this system in those 30 years.