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  • 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

  • Customizing Your Cookie Fuel Camera Helmet

    Cookie's Fuel is the easiest "plug and play" option for a skydiving camera helmet available today.

    The majority of the available options can easily be installed through the modular mounting system on the top and sides. Additional options for larger camera mounts are available that require drilling into the helmet or attachment via VHB tape.

    Check out our video below that outlines many of the options for the Cookie Fuel, and then click through the links below to order the helmet and/or the additional options.

    Cookie Fuel Camera Helmet Set Ups from ChutingStar. Continue reading

  • Custom Tonfly Helmets Ordering Help

    Our ChutingStar Crew gets tons of questions on the different options and setups for Tonfly Helmets. With 6 different helmet types and numerous available configurations it's easy to get overwhelmed on where to start.

    ChutingStar's Henry Kochen took some time to explain the most popular configurations in this new video shot inside the Marietta GA ChutingStar Skydiving Gear SuperStore.

    Ordering Custom Tonfly Helmets from ChutingStar.

    Continue reading

  • How To Submit Your Complete Skydiving Rig Order

    Submitting an order for complete skydiving rig has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, and while online technology has made the orders more accurate, it's not an exactly straight forward process for those ordering their first rig.

    So in this article, we'll break down the process and make it a bit easier to know you're on the right path to jumping out of a plane with your own rig! The process is summarized in these 8 steps:

    • Choosing the Container, Canopies & AAD
    • Finding the price for the complete skydiving rig gear package
    • Submitting the manufacturer container order form
    • Submitting the manufacturer canopy order forms
    • Submitting the complete skydiving rig package order
    • Confirming the details
    • Waiting for the rig to be manufactured and rigged
    • Receiving the rig and jumping it!

    Continue reading

  • The Truth On Skydiving Gear Equipment Pricing

    ChutingStar receives daily emails, phone calls and social media messages on skydiving gear pricing, mostly related to complete gear packages as they'll see new advertisements, supposed "special offers" or web listings that claim to have the "best" price.

    It's difficult sometimes to cut through all of those claims because of how the pricing is bundled together and/or final pricing add-ons for options, shipping, rigging and the like. But we're going to try to make sense of it all for you to give you peace of mind that you're not getting ripped off.

    First off, all skydiving gear dealers are skydivers like you. We're out jumping, rigging or flying in a wind tunnel every week using the gear we purchased from the same manufacturers that also sell us the gear you're buying from us. We've all been in your shoes buying that first piece of skydiving gear, our first rig or the latest new gadget to make skydiving, rigging or wind tunnel flying even more enjoyable than it already is.

    We all started selling and/or servicing skydiving gear to fill a need of skydivers needing gear advice, and because of the great service we provided ended up growing a small service into a full-time job...usually with the help of a drop zone, manufacturers and other gear shops. It's a small industry, and almost everyone knows everyone.  Continue reading

  • Boogie Boogie Boogie with ChutingStar in 2018!

    It's time to boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie! And the ChutingStar Crew will be out there with you at drop zones all over the US, and beyond, providing all the support and goods you could ask for.ChutingStar Boogie Tour Tent

    The one and only Laura Bales is packing up the van with demos from Larsen & Brusgaard, Cookie, Tonfly, Alti-2 and Square1, and is available for container, canopy and jumpsuit orders as she'll be able to measure you up and walk you through the ordering process for any of your custom gear needs. Continue reading

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