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  • Vigil Battery Replacements At Manufacturer Only

    In case you missed the change back in January 2017, Advanced Aerospace Designs is now requiring all versions of the Vigil AAD units to have the battery replaced at AAD Belgium or Vigil America.

    The Vigil II, 2+ and Cuatro battery has a lifespan of +/- 5 years or minimum 2000 jumps and must be replaced at 10 years.

    Information bulletins on battery replacements and servicing can be found at these links: Continue reading

  • Stock Jumpsuits Can Fit You Like Custom

    Jumpsuit manufacturers are dialing in sizing for a larger number of body types and sizes to allow jumpers to find a jumpsuit that fits them off the shelf so they can be in the air or tunnel by the weekend in a new suit instead of waiting several weeks or months.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew put together a video overview of the the current selection of stock jumpsuits available to you at ChutingStar to give you an up-close look at their features, construction, pricing and sizing.

    Below are links to stock suits from Tonfly, Parasport and PittZ that can be ordered for immediate shipment so you're able to use it by the weekend! Continue reading

  • What's In Your Gear Bag?

    Besides your rig, jumpsuit, altimeters and helmet, what are your must-haves, have-to-haves and can't-leave-home-withouts that you take with you to the drop zone, wind tunnel or boogie?

    We took a look into the Gear Bags of the ChutingStar Crew this week, and posted the photos of what we've found plus a list of items that each crew member declared "essential." If it's available at ChutingStar, the item is linked to where you can get it online. Otherwise, the common items listed you can find at many local retail shops.

    We hope this helps you prepare better for a day, weekend or week of skydiving or flying in a tunnel this year!

    Skydiving Gear Bag Essentials

    Laura's gear bag (above) has the widest variety of items of all of us, but that's because she jumps mostly at boogies during her time on the ChutingStar Boogie Tour. Her list of essentials include: Continue reading

  • Mudflap Altimeter Mount Overview

    Mudflap mounts may have become more popular due to Wingsuiting and Swooping, but now they are being used by all types of skydivers for an easy-to-view placement of your altimeter.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew took some time in the video below to show the different types of mudflap altimeter mounts available, their options and how they are installed.

    You can find all the mudflap altimeter mounts on ChutingStar at this link.

    Available mudflap mounts include: Continue reading

  • Using The ChutingStar Rigger Closing Hook

    ChutingStar's Rigger Closing Hook is a unique parachute rigging tool used for closing reserve containers.

    Those who have attended a ChutingStar Rigger School Course or one of our Parachute Industry Association Symposium Seminars, have seen up close how the tool is used.  But if you haven't, the tool isn't exactly self-explainable.

    So here's a short video on how it's attached to the pullup cord and how a parachute rigger uses it for closing the reserve container.

    How To Use The ChutingStar Rigger Pullup Hook from ChutingStar. Continue reading

  • Vigil II & 2+ PSB-01-2018 Service Bulletin

    Advanced Aerospace Designs released a new service bulletin on April 19, 2018, for all sport versions of the Vigil II and 2+ with firmware versions 05.05, 05.05, 06.01 and 06.02.

    This does not affect any of the current model Vigil Cuatro or Military Vigil units.

    According to the bulletin, the affected units will enter a CTRL-ERR mode if the air pressure is less than 300 hPa, which is at approximately 30,000 feet. Continue reading

  • Icarus Offering DZ Employee Canopy Discounts

    Icarus World applauds those that have made skydiving their life by working to teach, mentor and coach other skydivers. In return for their service in the sport, Icarus is offering a discount program on three of its main canopies: X-Fire, S Fire and Omni.

    To apply, you just need to submit this linked form with your order to ChutingStar. Once approved, you'll receive a 10% discount.

    You also have the option for the Icarus Logo on your canopy at no extra charge through this program. Continue reading

  • Spring Skydiving Equipment Sales!

    Spring has sprung for a couple of skydiving equipment manufacturers, and there are big discounts to take advantage of if you're in the market for a container, canopy or full rig!

    Discounts usually are a rare thing in skydiving, so now is the time if you're in the market before they disappear.

    Here's the scoop on the two deals available until May 31, 2018:

  • New Bonehead Fusion Helmet Features

    The Fusion helmet is the latest skydiving and wind tunnel helmet from USA helmet manufacturer, Bonehead Composites.

    Bonehead's Fusion is exactly that...a fusion of their Aero, Rev2 and and REvolve helmets.

    Check out these features: Continue reading

  • Picking The Right Skydiving Helmet Bag

    With most skydiving helmets over $200, and the most common near $400 or more, it's a smart investment to protect your helmet when you're not using it.

    Most skydiving helmet bags also have additional pockets to carry your smaller skydiving gear and helmet accessories together so you're able to keep everything in one place whether you're at the drop zone, the wind tunnel or traveling around the world.

    Henry Kochen of the ChutingStar Crew took some time to show off a few of our most popular helmet bags this week to show you which helmets fit and the features of each.

    Check out this video and then see the links below for additional info and ordering information.

    Skydiving Helmet Bag Overview from ChutingStar. Continue reading

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