Week on the web 15 October

The DEW Line this week has something you don’t see every day – this photo of US Air Force chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh sitting in the cockpit of a Chinese combat aircraft. Welsh hasn’t gone over to the other side to escape the US government shutdown but, rather, was on a goodwill visit of several locations in China when he tried out a Chengdu J-10 cockpit for size. From the Ariel View, we learn that Elbit Systems’ moves into Brazil now include the country’s huge space market; it showed off a model for the first Brazilian microsatellite for military applications, the MMM-1. The sub-10kg craft will launch in December 2015. And, safety and operations editor David Learmount on his eponymous blog looks at the European Union agreement on flight time limitations for airline pilots. The pilots don’t like it – but the airlines do.

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