Mode S Technology
Quotes from interview with Herb Weiss - 12/5/00
Summary: Approached the FAA on his own. Lincoln became the technical
arm for the FAA. Impartial third party evaluator for FAA.
"Commercial transport was bad...immediately jumping up and
down...[primitive] like the voting machines today..."
"We first got our support from the Air Force...got a little support from
the FAA and talked them into a proposal"
"Finally came down...put a budget...took a year to gravitate...first
contract to build a better system.."
"Lincoln became the technical arm for the FAA."
"We got a contract from the FAA...we setup a study team...got a proposal
piece to look at ATCRBS."
"Among the people who was volunteered was Paul Drouilhet, who became my
assistant...Paul was handed the job and this became his baby...he was
working on communication systems...pulled people from different parts of
"I was in Radiation Lab (1941)...a grad student working on
radars...working on a precision bombing system..."
"We had to define the path..."