Here is an article from Aviation Week.com entitled “Brazil and the New Nomads” by George Larson. Here are some excerpts.
In olden times, an aeronautical engineer signed on with one of the major airframe manufactures and spent an entire career there, parting with a gold watch and a pension. No more…These days, you have to go where the action is, and although a static housing market severely hampers mobility, talent is talent, and Honda CEO Michimasa Fujino has assembled a star-studded virtual United Nations of Aeronautics in Greensboro, with Americans, Europeans and Asians staffing the work stations. These are “The New Nomads.”
The fact is that new aircraft programs are rarer than at any time in history. Boeing could be developing a new single-aisle twin to replace its 737, but it’s waiting. Wichita has yet to recover, and the rest of general aviation has only niche aircraft on the drawing boards at small companies. The same is true everywhere but in Asia, where China is even pushing an aggressive space program.
Enter Brazil, which yesterday announced a new immigration policy to attract scientists from all over the world. The Associated Press reports that Sao Paulo has issued a call to recruit foreign scientists, and that will undoubtedly include engineers and technicians, not to mention those with degrees in aeronautics. Science and Technology Minister Aloizio Mercadante announced the Science Without Frontiers program with a statement that the global financial crisis has left American and European scientists unemployed, some for the first time in their careers.
Forbes.com had a related article reporting on the above mentioned AP press release which stated:
Brazil’s government says it plans a campaign to attract foreign scientists to work in the laboratories and research centers of Latin America’s biggest country. Science and Technology Minister Aloizio Mercadante says the Science Without Frontiers program will also send 75,000 college students to universities outside Brazil to study for one year. He says that due to the global financial crisis many Americans and European scientists are unemployed and may be interested in working in Brazil. He says many Brazilian scientists are approaching retirement age and their positions could be filled with colleagues from abroad. The ministry announced plans for the program Thursday, but hasn’t said when it will start.
Meanwhile, here is a press release from Texas A&M University entitled “Aerospace Engineering Students Study Abroad in Brazil”.
This summer Texas A&M Aerospace Engineering students are studying abroad in Brazil. This is the second year for the aerospace engineering study abroad program in Brazil. These undergraduate students from Texas A&M and students from the University of Campinas – São Paulo are studying together and experiencing not only the language, economy and culture of Brazil, but also aerospace engineering courses in a collaborative environment. Two aerospace engineering courses are being taught while in Brazil by professors from Texas A&M University. When not in class, the students are enjoying playing soccer and enjoying good food. Some highlights of their trip include visits to the University of São Paulo – São Carlos Aeronautics Department, the TAM aviation museum, Embraer and a rafting trip.
Also, here is an article from FlightGlobal.com reporting on the growing Brazilian aerospace and defense industries, most of which are based in the city of São José dos Campos in the Sao Paulo state. As the Brazilian military increases spending, they and Brazilian aerospace companies are being courted by companies from Israel, US, including Raytheon, and Europe, such as the aerospace giant EADS.
Another article involving Brazil, India and China from Aviation Week.com.
The New Zealand government has authorized negotiations to begin for new air service agreements with Brazil, China and other nations in east Asia and South America. The talks will be aimed at allowing greater market access to New Zealand and overseas airlines. “We are looking to remove restrictions on current agreements, and begin negotiations with other countries to create new agreements,” Associate Transport Minister Nathan Guy says in a press statement. New Zealand’s cabinet has given negotiators a mandate to enter discussions with China and Brazil, but the government is not revealing the identity of the other eight nations. India and Indonesia are probably on the list, one industry source says.