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Airtec CYPRES 2 Automatic Activation Device.

Airtec's CYPRES 2 unit is today’s industry standard for AADs. CYPRES units have been commercially available the longest of the three major sport skydiving AAD products.

The CYPRES 2 unit is now available in 6 different modes!

  • Changeable (Comes setup as Expert, and can be switched to Speed, Student or Tandem by the user)

  • WSC Wingsuit (Canopy flight mode can be set to Expert or Speed)

  • Speed 

  • Expert

  • Student

  • Tandem

  • The single set mode units can be changed at the factory at any time free of charge. 

The Changeable Mode configuration allows the user to change the mode as needed throughout the unit's lifetime! This is excellent for the jumper who needs the Expert mode now, but may want the Speed later on; or for the drop zone who may need to switch the CYPRES unit between a tandem, student or rental rig through the unit's lifetime. This Changeable Mode CYPRES is the same price of the 4 different set mode CYPRES units.

Each new CYPRES 2 now includes a log book and pullup cord!

CYPRES 2 units manufactured January 2017 and later, have a lifetime of 15.5 years (previous lifetime was 12.5 years) with an unlimited manufacturer guarantee for repairs, if needed. The units are water resistant for a duration of 24 hours at a maximum of 1.5 meters deep. The CYPRES 2 also has a jump counter and does not require a battery change.


The WSC (Wing Suit CYPRES) monitors what you do, adjusts its actions to your needs and even communicates them to you.

Virtually all AADs designed for skydiving have one parameter combination to define their activation. A certain height and a certain vertical speed make them activate. That has served the needs since the beginning of skydiving. Until wingsuits appeared. They allow such slow vertical speed that the method of the last 90 years cannot deal with these conditions any more. A new solution was necessary. Airtec saw the need and developed the answer.

The use of Wingsuits requires not one, but two parameter combinations during the same jump. One is needed for the duration of the Wingsuit Flight and another one is needed for the duration of the Canopy Flight. Only with this method is it possible to cover all risks of a Wingsuit descent.

The WSC starts off by using the Wingsuit parameters, which covers the specific wingsuit flight risks. While you are descending, it continuously monitors your manoeuvres and once it detects the criteria of your canopy, it changes the wingsuit parameters to the canopy parameters. These will take care of your specific canopy flight risks.
For the canopy flight you can set your WSC to be an Expert or a Speed CYPRES, just as you need. Once you have set it, it will last until you reset it.

As soon as your WSC has switched to the parameters of the canopy flight it will let you know. You will hear a melodic sound for some seconds via the WSC Audio. That is important, even mandatory, because only the confirmation assures that you now can do all the extreme manoeuvres that your canopy allows you.

Aside from Wingsuiting, the WSC can also be used for all other disciplines too. Also, the handling is identical to all other civilian CYPRES models, except placing the Audio inside your helmet and listening to the melodic sound.

Nevertheless, Airtec asks everybody using this device to spend time to inform themselves about the physical circumstances of Wingsuit Flying and the technique behind the WSC.

CYPRES Maintenance Info:

As of January 1, 2016, CYPRES 2 are no longer required to undergo maintenance checks, so the maintenance is now voluntary. Units manufactured prior to January 1, 2016, retain the mandatory maintenance schedule. Units manufactured prior to January 2017 have a 4-year and 8-year maintenance schedule. For units manufactured January 2017 and later, the voluntary maintenance schedule is every 5 years. For the CYPRES 2 maintenance, the units can be shipped to either SSK Industries in Ohio or Airtec in Germay, and are tested/updated for a minimum of two weeks for $160 plus shipping costs.

Riggers can replace the CYPRES 2 cutter as well as the water filter on the units.

A $65 credit is available by trading in an expired CYPRES. Note: To receive the $65 credit with ChutingStar, send in your expired CYPRES unit including the unused cutter with a copy of your receipt after purchasing a new CYPRES from ChutingStar. Once we receive your expired unit, the $65 will be refunded to you.

In-Stock CYPRES 2 units at ChutingStar always have a recent date of manufacture as we get new shipments on a monthly basis direct from Airtec in Germany.

Standard settings for the CYPRES Modes (activation altitude can be changed by the user, if desired, see here.

  • Student mode is set to fire at 29 mph and 750 ft AGL.

  • Expert mode is set to fire at 78 mph and 750 ft AGL

  • Tandem mode is set to fire 78 mph and 1900 ft AGL

  • Speed mode is set to fire at 102 mph and 750 ft AGL

  • Wingsuit unit is set to fire at 45 mph at 750 ft AGL for freefall, and then the unit switches to either Expert or Speed mode under canopy.

CYPRES is an acronym for CYbernetic Parachute RElease System.

Air Travel With CYPRES 2

Full CYPRES 2 User Manual

Detail Information

Battery ScheduleChecked/replaced at each manufacturer maintenance.
Carry CaseNo
Jump InfoRecords number of jumps.
AAD Lifespan15.5 years
Maintenance ScheduleVoluntary manufacturer maintenance every 5 years for units manufactured January 2017 and beyond.
ModesChangeable, Expert, Speed, Student, Tandem, WSC (Wingsuit)
Available Cutter Counts1 Cutter, 2 Cutters
User Changeable ModesYes
Water ResistantYes


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Customer Reviews 9 item(s)

Buy this AAD
changeable mode is legit. Allows for mult-use. price is a little higher compared to other aad but you pay for quality
Review by Harley Boy / (Posted on 12/12/2017)
CYPRES is the only AAD I'd trust my life with. Wouldn't jump with anything else.
Best AAD around. Seen it in action several times and see it saving my friends.
Review by Ali / (Posted on 12/3/2017)
Best AAD
CYPRES is the best AAD on the market. The original AAD and the finest German engineering. I like that its very easy to use.
Review by Adam / (Posted on 8/29/2017)
Get what you pay for
Cypres is the gold standard for aads. Wouldn't trust my life to anything else.
Review by Bret / (Posted on 5/11/2017)
Best of the best
Hopefully never fires but it's great piece of mind knowing you have the best AAD in your rig. Don't settle for anything less.
Review by Warren / (Posted on 1/15/2017)
never had to use one but glad i have it.. and with the speed version I'm never worried about 2 out while under a high performance canopy
Review by Eugene / (Posted on 8/20/2013)
Technology inside your rig.
This is one of those few things in life that you want to buy new, but you never want to use it. But you also know that when you need it, is there and it works. It has saved lives, and that's what its meant for. Why not have a technologically advanced computer on your rig in case you need it?
Review by Daniel / (Posted on 7/24/2013)
Made in Germany
It's great to know it's there, especially when flying in bigger flocks.
Review by olee / (Posted on 7/19/2013)
Solid investment and steadfast reliability
Few companies in our sport have been able to compare the level of ingenuity and technological brilliance as displayed by Airtec in their production of AADs. Even few companies have assumed more of a crucial task of saving lives, at the most inopportune times as Airtec. The ease of use, end user flexibility and assurance that the Cypres 2 lends in the event one is ever unlucky enough to need it. I can't say enough about their customer service as well. Years ago, I had a rig stolen and recovered from a golf course ditch after 10 months of sitting in the hot, wet Florida Summer. Airtec replaced the unit with the only cost to me being the 4 year service. As a father who participates in this wonderful sport, I would not trust my daughter's future to any other device.
Review by Randy Swallows / (Posted on 7/18/2013)