Re: New member introduction...
Nice curriculum! I love aircrafts in general and Helicopters are indeed a
fascinating thing (with the rotational collective control... that's an
Nice to know about the A350... It was about time for Airbus to come up with
Just answering you about the "relative" closeness of Brazil to the US...
Indeed, would it be just the distance I'd say I'd be a happy man.
But Brazil, since I was young has been a country that raised or sustained A
LOT of importation barriers, banning or heavily taxing the importation of
pretty much everything that is or could be manufactured in Brazil, with the
excuse of protecting the Brazilian manufacturers and allow our "wannabe"
hi-tech industry to flourish (Bah... bulls...t!).
Any semi-educated Brazilian know, however, that this market protection only
served 3 purposes.
1, Make Customs officers rich (who would get bribes to look to the other
side when smugglers were passing, but smugglers were more interested in
consumer electronics, not scopes).
2. To make some Brazilian industry big shots richer, allowing them to
manufacture lousy stuff and sell them for absurd prices, without risk of
3. Ultimately, to prevent Brazilian entrepreneurs and scientists from
having access to 1st grade R&D lab equipment, which eventually condemned 3
generation of technology students of all kinds to change profession or to
be workforce to multi-national industries which eventually had some branch
here, to do mostly unintelligent work (after all, multi-national R&D is
always at the headquarters).
In the nineties, a progressive president (who was, granted, a crook, and
was impeached) eventually withdrawn most of the importation bans, allowing
stuff to be at least imported legally... But with such high importation
duties that it remained prohibitive to buy imported stuff.
Once again, well established industrial big shots took advantage of the -
now legal - importation, and fired their manufacturing employees and
started buying everything from China. even with high importation duties, it
was still cheaper than paying the local worker (and no hassle... who wants
to deal with a worker, with all his rights?).
I was caught by that wave in 1991. The computer manufacturer I worked for,
started importing motherboards from Taiwan and sliced 90% of their
Add to this the rate of exchange, of about 3.3 BRL : 1 USD and you have an
If I want to buy, say, a 60 bucks UNI-T multimeter from e-bay or even from
AliExpress, it will knock my door at roughly R$ 500,00.
So, all the Hi-tek equipment from the 70s, 80s and 90s, that could be
affordable nowadays to the hobbyist, are very rare (because they didn't
make it to Brazil back at the time) and whoever have them, still sell it
for big money (or they ask for big money without ever selling it, I don't
2017-06-20 17:01 GMT-03:00 vincent.trouilliez@... [TekScopes] <
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