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Canopy Storage Bag: How to Use

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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

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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

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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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Argus: Filters, Screw and Ring

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One filter is located on the inside on the battery back plate. A second filter can be installed on the outside of the battery back plate for swoopers who may get the unit wet on a regular basis. To replace the filter, pick the old filter off and stick the new filter on. The filter or filters must be replaced after getting wet and/or damaged. Once a filter is removed, it can not be used again.


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Argus: Ruggedized Kit Installation

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Kit consists of a black metal face plate, stainless steel button and super glue. This kit protects LCD display screen against routine knocks to the display from use, packing or transportation.


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Argus Menu Item: Modes

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Mode Sel: With the unit on, press the button twice and select the Menu option and then Modes option. Select Mode Sel option and choose from Standard, Novice, Tandem or Swoop. Press the button at the appropriate mode you want to use. Follow that by pressing the button when Confirm is shown. Wait several seconds for the unit to display the mode you selected. If the proper mode is selected, then it is ready to use. If not, repeat the process until you’ve selected the correct mode.


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Argus Menu Item: Info

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With the unit on, press the button twice and select the Menu option and then Info option. Select Jump for info on your skydives and Admin for info on your unit.


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Argus Cutter Replacement

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Both the display and cutter are secured through a screw-on connection. The cutter has a 3-prong connection. The display has a 4-prong connection.


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Argus Menu Item: Config

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With the unit on, press the button twice and select the Menu option and then Config option. Items under this menu item include: Alt Unit (Meters or Feet), Sys Unit (Metric or U.S.), Time Cfg (time and date settings), Log Mode (Normal or Trace).


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AADs: Which One To Buy?

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(Note: The article below is current, but the accompanying video was made when the Argus was still being produced, the m2 was not yet available for purchase, the Vigil 2+ had not been released and the changeable mode was not available for the CYPRES 2. An updated video will be made in 2014.)

U.S. Skydivers today have a choice in the Automatic Activation Device (AAD) to have installed in their reserve container as a backup safety device. An AAD cuts the reserve container closing loop if the skydiver is exceeding a set speed at a set altitude. For most sport skydivers, the activation speed is the same (78 mph or greater), but activation altitudes vary from 750 to 840 feet.


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Overview of Argus Operations

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The Argus is manufactured by Aviacom in Belgium. It has three parts: Processing Unit, Cutter and Control Unit. The Argus turns on with 4 button pushes. The first wakes it up, which is followed by a HELLO. The Logo, ARG and US will then flash in sequence. As each part flashes, press the button. If you are too fast or slow with the flash sequence, it will turn back off with a Bye Bye.


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Camera Helmet Mounting Tips

(Published in Blue Skies Magazine)

So you’ve racked up those first 200 jumps and you’re itching to throw a camera on your head…or it could be you’re looking to delve into video work to break up the monotony of tandem and AFF jumps…or maybe you’ve finally traded in that old camera setup from the ’70s, and you’re ready to try one of these new-fangled camera setups.

In any event, you decided you would just order the new cameras, helmet, box, quick-release, indicator lights, bite switch and the like and assemble it yourself. It can’t be that hard, right? A drill, a screwdriver, maybe some gaffer’s tape, and you’re ready to go.

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Jumping in Gusty Winds

On a gusty day this past weekend, three jumpers of different skill levels decided they needed to make a skydive even though tandem instructors along with numerous experienced jumpers had made the decision to wait for the winds to calm down.

The winds were gusting from 7-25 knots and switching directions 100 degrees. The jumper experience level ranged from about 100 to 2,000 jumps. Amazingly enough, it was actually the most experienced jumper who in the end made the worst decision when coming in for landing.

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Dislocated Shoulder Reserve Ride

Atlanta skydiver Loralyn Laurie recently had an interesting save account that was added to ChutingStar’s “save” page on the Web site. Laurie was attending Mike Mullins’ Halloween Boogie at West Tennessee Skydiving in Memphis, Tenn., when the save occurred.

According to Laurie and witnesses, the freefly portion of the dive was going great until breakoff. When Laurie transitioned onto her belly to track away, her right shoulder (main pull arm) went out of joint. Laurie was unable to deploy her main and was forced to deploy her reserve.

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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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