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  1. See, this is where it goes off the rails for me: The entire setup and intention for the call you made, was to try to catch them in a lie or to play "gotcha". Had you called and said: "Hey, I just read about this incident at your DZ and it really scared me. Can you tell me more about it, or help me put my mind at ease?", it would be an entirely different matter. So this wasn't an innocent call, during which you suddenly found yourself being lied to, and then somehow had the presence of mind to record it (I wouldn't even know how to do this in the middle of a call)--No: You already had the INTENTION to catch them in a lie, or "test" them, or something like that. It seemed to have been a setup from the get-go, as you admitted in the quote above. (And since you say you have your own business, I also cannot believe that you would be so naive that you would call--what you must assume to be a front desk staffer--and expect some kind of perfect official answer to an issue that is extremely tricky, and may have legal ramifications, and which happened many years ago, likely before any such staffer would have started to work there: If you really wanted their official take, you at least would have asked for the owner or "responsible person for accidents"--purposefully not using official titles here, assuming you wouldn't know how a DZ is structured) I don't think this has anything to do with you being new to skydiving. It would apply to you dealing with ANY type of business. The very intention of your call was off, and it actually makes it a bit hard to believe that you just decided to record later, and did not already have the intention to do so (at least if things were going the way you were fearing--or hoping?--them to go) I am glad that you got some good information about the skydiving-related issues here and that you took this information in, but--in my opinion--one reason why people were so hostile is, that your intentions were clearly hostile from the beginning...and this is not only an issue of style in your post. The entire action of that call shows something to be off, and I'd encourage you to have an honest look at that.
  2. that is an interesting, if accurate, way of looking at it!...but you have to admit it's quite hilarious too!
  3. Again, I do not think it has to do with nationality. From what the Aeroclub is saying, no one with only a USPA license is allowed to jump. The head AFF trainer at the DZ thinks there are some forms that I should be able to fill out and some fees to pay that may get my license recognized and he does think the fact that I have an Austrian passport may hurt--but again, the official body is saying NO ONE with an USPA license is allowed to jump. I asked twice. I said, are you sure? How in the world can you then participate in international meets? They said they are sure. They ignored my question about competitions. Here is the translation of their second email: (NOT from the DZ but the official governing body) No, I'm not wrong. Since the USPA license is not an official certificate, neither a conversion nor an acknowledgment is possible. The training jumps completed abroad and also other legal jumps can be recognized by an Austrian school, a new examination must nevertheless be done.
  4. I like the idea of "complaining to the FAI". I may do that and see what happens. The problem is not the DZ though. They say they all lobbied against it when it changed a few years ago and they think they can get my USPA license recognized via some forms or something. But again: The official governing body says: Austria treats this as a pilot's license and that is regulated by the government and cannot be handled by simple private organizations such as the FAI or USPA.
  5. Hi gowlerk, Unfortunately they do not recognize the USPA license. They require a license that is issued by a government agency, not a private club. They say this changed about a couple years ago and some dropzones don't enforce it, but more and more do, because they can get into big trouble in case of an accident. :-( (So it's easily possible that the FAI recognizes the USPA license, but the Austrian government does not, and requires dropzones to enforce that....at least that is what I could find out, both from one of their dropzones and the government agency that supposedly regulates this.) I guess they would recognize an American license if it was issued by the FAA, rather than the USPA, but since it's not....
  6. Interesting. Not sure where to get an FAI license in the USA, but I'll see if that's possible. The problem seems to be that they demand a license by a government agency, not a private club (such as the USPA). You are right, it just says to get an exam (wasn't clear if it's written or practical) but the problem is, if I have to get an exam and then wait for that to be evaluated, submitted to their government agency and then get their license back, I won't be able to jump. I'm only there for a short time. I'm hoping to drive up to the DZ and--weather permitting--jump for a day. (Again, I wonder how are competition teams doing this when competing in international events?)
  7. Hi, (I remember there used to be a German language forum category, is that gone?) Anyway: I am an Austrian living in the US, with a USPA B-License. I will visit my birth-country in June and want to jump while I am there. The DZ told me I need to contact the Austrian Aeroclub to get my USPA license recognized. The Areoclub wrote the following: Sehr geehrter Herr ..., leider ist es nicht möglich die USPA-Lizenz anzuerkennen, es ist ein österreichischer Schein zu beantragen. Bitte wenden Sie Sich an eine österreichische Flugschule, dort müssen Sie die Prüfungen zum Erwerb des Fallschirmspringerscheines ablegen. Translation: We can't recognize USPA licenses and you will have to get a course and test to get an Austrian License. I know many Americans jump in Europe and I know our teams don't have to get a license for each European country in order to participate in international competitions, so this can't be right, can it???? Has anyone with a USPA license jumped in Austria (or Germany) and have they had any trouble like this? Please help!
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Is it essential that it exists on every forum category? This can be done, but don't want to add extra content where not necessary. We've added this back to the main forum page. If you go to the primary forum landing page, you can see that the bottom of the forums will now show the latest 10 posts from across the forums. It would be convenient if it was on every page, as I was used to just browse it that way: Click on the first post that was new and had a title that interested me; read it and then just continue to the bottom of the page and click on the next most recent post; BUT: I don't think it's essential. Going back to the main Forum page is just one click, after all. BUT: I realize that on the old site you must have had a filter, where the listed posts only applied to the strictly skydiving related forums. I never found a political or other post there. It was all skydiving, wingsuiting, safety, gear, etc. Now most of the posts are campfire or Speakers Corner related. Not why I come to this forum...but that's just me! ;-)
  9. mbohu

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    One of my favorite features of the Forum was the list on the bottom of every Forum page, which showed the 10 most recently added-to Forum topics, independent of which category they were coming from. If your current system has the capability to add this feature back in, I think it would be a great one to add. That was pretty much the way I navigated the Forum 90% of the time. I can't imagine I was the only one. Thanks, and congrats on the update!
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    Easiest Stability Exits

    Love it! Awesome! Congrats!
  11. mbohu

    Easiest Stability Exits

    Caravans are some of the faster planes, so there is definitely lots of airflow that you can "lean into" on exit. Again: All the advice here is great (and coming mostly from people with more jumps than I have) AND I would mostly focus on FEELING the air as it comes at you at 100miles an hour as soon as you leave. If you can feel it on your body, you will automatically make the right micro-adjustments, even if you initially aren't 100% in the right position. That way you can also keep your mind much more empty and calm on exit (rather than: "ok. where does my foot go? Where do I need to put my hands...f**ck I'm 13000 ft up in the air!!!...ok, calm down...arms stretched out...look at the airplane...f**ck!!!!!...up..down..FEAR!!..out...what do I do with my legs?..sh*t I'm tumbling, what now..................................................(mind calms down as your body starts flying and feeling)...Now I'm stable. I'm flying!...................................................(no more thoughts) PEACE! ") Since it is much harder to focus on FEELING when your adrenaline is really high (as it usually is when you face "the door" on your first skydives), it's easier to learn that aspect in the tunnel first.
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    Easiest Stability Exits

    Assuming you are jumping from a larger aircraft that has some decent speed (Twin Otter or faster), this may help. It's what helped me the most: Go to an indoor skydiving facility and spend enough time there so that you can enter the tunnel from the door and immediately fly on your belly. This gets you used to feeling the wind on your body and immediately trusting that it will "hold you up". Then pretty much do the same when you do a poised exit (facing forward into the wind) except that you need to keep in mind that the wind will come from about 30 to 45 degrees from the bottom-front, rather than 90 degrees from the bottom, as in the tunnel. This helped me much more than any description of where to put my arms, legs or how to position my body. Instead, it established an intuitive relationship with the airflow that I could rely upon and trust. Before getting this feel for the wind, I actually found diving exits towards the back the easiest, because if I just stretched out my arms and folded my legs over completely, they would always work themselves out automatically. If you are jumping from a really slow, small Chesna, I can't help you. The air feels almost dead, and when I jump from those, it still feels like it takes 5 to 7 seconds before there is enough airflow to really feel stable (Then it's more like jumping from a diving board, where your body position depends completely on the launch)
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    DASHWARE Total speed.

    sqrt(horiz^2 * vert^2)
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    Recommend a DZ (US)

    If you go in the fall (or winter, or spring) I'd go to Skydive Arizona. When I visited, I got 5-8 jumps every day, all day. Almost all of them with an experienced organizer. (In the summer it may be less, because it gets too hot in the middle of the day) The on-site wind-tunnel and various hot-air balloon options are pluses too (and landing out in the desert isn't as bad as it would be where there's more civilization either) They've got a gear store and rentals, as well as a restaurant and you can stay on-site over night as well.