Students frequently get involved in research, but very few have the chance to effectively save a program that will itself ultimately save lives and aircraft. For the past three years, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) has been involved in a project to develop a last-resort air-to-air collision protection system. Thanks to the school’s early proof-of-concept and risk-reduction work, the automatic air collision avoidance system (Auto ACAS) program was able to literally get off ...

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