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Vigil II PSB-5 Affects Cutters

AAD, the manufacturer of Vigil II, has released a Product Service Bulletin that affects all Type 3 cutters manufactured in December 2007. This affects 199 Vigil cutters manufactured during that month, according to AAD.

The cutters are to be replaced during the next scheduled inspection/repack.

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7 Raves on the Basik Seven

(Published in Blues Skies Magazine)

If the "small things" in life grab you, then you'll be taken by the Seven. This French-made rig is the brainchild of Basik Air Concept's Jérôme Bunker.

Basik's Seven container has a minefield of surprises for skydivers and riggers alike. I assembled, inspected and packed my first Seven container last month, and was impressed by the attention to detail and the several of the design features.

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Overview of CYPRES2 Operations

ChutingStar Video

The CYPRES2 is an AAD manufactured by Airtec in Germany. The company has manufactured AADs since 1991 and has more than 1000 documented saves. CYPRES is an acronym for CYbernetic Parachute RElease System.


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CYPRES2: Altitude Offset

ChutingStar Video

The unit can be set with an altitude offset for a jumper taking off from an elevation that is different from where he will be landing his parachute.


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CurvZ: Retainer Options

ChutingStar Video

Curv Z are a great piece of basic skydiving eyewear. If using the standard retainers that are included with the Curv Z sunglasses, superglue the rubber tips on for extra security.


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Cazer Pilot Chute: Installation

ChutingStar Video

This pilot chute is a well-made, yet inexpensive, replacement pilot chute for any sport skydiving rig. The Cazer Collapsible Pilot Chute is actually what comes with a new Dolphin or Infinity container.


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Cargo Pack Gear Bag: Setup

ChutingStar Video

The Cargo Pack Gear Bag can hold most rigs upto a 210 main size along with a few accessories such as a jumpsuit, altimeters and logbook.


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Canopy Storage Bag: How to Use

ChutingStar Video

The Canopy Storage Bag by Fliteline allows you to store a 2nd canopy for your container in a packed condition. The canopy is stored on the risers, main D-bag and pilot chute.


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Bungee Ball Slider Keeper: Use

ChutingStar Video

The Bungee/Ball Slider Keeper is used after you have a fully open and functional canopy. As you watch for canopy traffic, collapse your slider and slowly bring the slider down to the base of the risers, behind your head. Wrap the rubberband around the slider and onto the ball. Release your steering lines and fly your canopy.


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Bungee Ball Slider Keeper

ChutingStar Video

The Bungee/Ball Slider Keeper is a tent tie-down that can be modified to use as a slider keeper at the top of your reserve pin cover flap. The purpose of this slider keeper is to hold the slider down behind a jumper’s head after the canopy is open so that the slider doesn’t interfere with cameras, the line of sight and/or allows the risers to open up further. This is not a gadget for all skydivers. Consult with your local DZO, S&TA, instructors and peers before using the Bungee/Ball Slider Keeper. This keeper can cause a delay during a cutaway if the slider is stowed in the device.


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Fun Jumps!

Check out ChutingStar Wingsuit Athlete Oliver "Olee" Finkelde showing off what can be done in an wingsuit!

Wingsuit Video - Oliver Finkelde

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