To all: I recently read with interest 2 posts from our friend Cedarjet (Why I'm pissed at Boeing & In defence of the DH Comet) in he he complains about attacks on the European aerospace industry. In this case, he certainly has a point! Considering how long Europe was at the forefront of aviation, I find it difficult to understand why people consider European aviation to be less advanced than elsewhere. But then again, I find the almost hysterical reactions people have to a/c purchases from the "other" side to be equally bewildering(for the purposes of this post, consider the "other" side to be whomever you want). Why is that?
Do you feel that your favorite/national carrier should only buy from the domestic supplier? Is it a violation of some sort of subliminal sense of patriotism if they don't?
Or do you feel jobs and a manufacturing base is threatened?
When an a/c order from the "other" side is announced, some folks feel the need to gloat/attack about the order, depending of course where you stand. The inevitable exchange of insults vs information soon follows, ruining another post. For myself, this is usually when I log off. Nontheless, with the upcoming Farnborough show(and its order announcements)not far off, try and remember a couple of things if the orders are not for "your" side:
1. Most a/c are made up of components often produced in other places.
2. These orders help produce prosperity in places in addition to the manufacturer's country.
3. The global economy will produce more trade and prosperity than ANY protectionist agenda, anywhere.
4. As enthusiasts, be happy that the orders keep coming.
I wonder if there is a forum somewhere else where Canadians and Brazilians argue and insult over RJ orders?