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  1. gowlerk


    Just tell me what questions you have and I will look it up.

    When I send a customer's unit in for a scheduled service in the USA and they inform me that it needs to go to Germany and will take twice as long as it should, I would appreciate if they would tell me why. So that I can pass the information along to their customer.

    Instead they say nothing at all. And just leave the customer to wonder if their unit had a flaw, if it was randomly pulled for extra test for statistics, if they were too busy in Ohio and had extra capacity in Germany. Nothing. No information at all. just the usual "don't worry little skydiver, we will take care of you" shit. Airtec does not communicate anything at all to anyone ever.

    I agree that it isn't satisfactory for the customer to receive no information at all. This should be changed but you have to address this to SSK not to Airtec.

    When SSK receives a unit for testing they are authorized to perform every check that has to be made. They are NOT authorized to do any kind of repair or upgrade to the unit. So it might be a sensor which is slightly off, a hardware upgrade or some serious issue which requires the unit to be sent to Germany. I discussed this personally with Helmut Cloth, the owner of Airtec, and he says he wants to keep all the critical work in-house to have full quality control.

    I will forward your wish for better communication to him, so that he can discuss with SSK.

  2. I've been to the boogie yesterday and talked to Helmut Cloth in person. What you see on the picture is NOT a prototype but the first production unit of the new model. As usual there have been a couple of different prototype versions in the air with test jumpers.
    That little box with the wingsuiter on it can be worn inside the helmet and it will let you know which set of parameters (low-speed for wingsuit flight or high-speed after canopy opening) is in use. It was a lot of talking to many people yesterday and I must admit that I forgot how exactly the information is transmitted but it is somehow audible. Please excuse me getting old and forgetting things.
    Technically this unit is very different from normal Cypres units and it is not possible to update regular units with just a software change, like e.g. changing from tandem to speed.
    Helmut Cloth wanted to announce it officially on the boogie and official information and marketing material will be released shortly.

    I hope that helps to clarify things a bit.

  3. I just called Airtec to find out what is behind the "highly recommended" maintenance. Helmut Cloth himself was on the phone and explained a bit of the background.

    Since the mid-90s his customers in some parts of the world, especially South America, Eastern Europa and some asian countries, had troubles with customs when receiving their units back from service. The whole issue was solely mad by corrupt customs officers who tried quite often to rip-off skydivers in this countries. Usually they (customs) were in a powerful position and therefore successful. The new rule is made to allow people jumping there Cypres for more than 4 years when they are absolutely forced to do so.
    The downside of this is that IF you skip the service your are losing warranty. If you DON'T SKIP service you keep the 12,5-year warranty as it was in the past.

    My opinion: I will send it in for service. Two services over the lifetime cost around 320€ in Germany. That's 2,13€ per month over 12,5 years. Most life insurances cost more and they don't even save my life when I need it.

    @gowlerk: Why are you hating Airtec that much? Everytime when a Cypres topic comes up you start a real serious bashing. Why? Can you please explain?

  4. Hi Melch,
    this is Sebastian from Westerwings in Frankfurt. Right now it is hard to get my on the phone because I am going to a superbusy period but feel free to send an email to to make an appointment for chatting about suits and measuring. We are selling Rainbow, Tonfly and Boogieman.
    Blue skies!

  5. hackish

    I think the solution is pretty simple. Buy a vigil. It's rare to see a cypres in my area anyway.


    How does that address the point of the thread opener? Some sellers obviousy advertise units with a older DOM as new units, which isn't fair. With a Vigil it would be worse, because their warranty lasts only 2 years, which is 10,5 years less than the warranty of a Cypres. If you buy a 2012-Vigil of the shelf of a dealer today it might already be out of warranty. There is no free repair, even if something was broken from the moment when the unit was produced.
    The thread opener adressed an ad where a 2008 Cypres was advertised as new. For us it might be obvious but for some newbies it might be not.

    With a Cypres you buy the most proven and reliable AAD in the world. I don't mean that they didn't have their problems from time to time, but in the end they solved them all and took care of every customer who had potential issues getting their AADs fixed and brought to the current production standard. I understand the financial disadvantage of a Cypres compared to a Vigil, but I value my health and life a bit higher than a few hundred bucks.

  6. Not sure if they are schoolkids. The domain is registered to Manfred Unger with an email address from Fritz Unger Wind Power Systems in Hannover. This guy founded his company in 2011 when he was 20 years old and produces micro wind power plants. The company has a history of not keeping promises, material break-ups and demonstrating insufficient technological background in their business area. Looks like those daydreamers are aiming for the Darwin Award.

  7. Hehe, wer sucht, der findet ;)

    Die allgemeinen Voraussetzungen, mindestens 200 Freifallsprünge und geeignete Ausrüstung, sind sicher schon bekannt. Für weitere Infos machen wir am Besten einen neuen Thread auf, bzw. besprechen das am Telefon oder per Mail.

  8. gowlerk

    Cypres is the only one currently having problems with faulty electronics.

    Not true. Vigil uses exactly the same sensor which is now known to be faulty. They just don't tell and because of their no-maintenance philosophy it will be never fixed. All AAD manufacturers say that you shall check if the device is working before you jump, which is more a legal thing.

    Get a Cypres and a Vigil, open both, see and understand what you see.

  9. I met him only one time when I was in DeLand this year in January. He and his friends invited me to join their five-way. When people ask me about my time in FLorida I always start telling about this skydive and this is also were my telling ends. Not because the skydive itself was so special but because of the five people. Mike was a vital part of this group and I enjoyed his great personality a lot.

    I was looking forward to meet him again when I am back and now he is gone. Very sad. RIP

  10. Sach' mal, habt ihr schlechten Sex oder ist es wirklich nur das Wetter? Das mit neuer oder gebrauchter Ausrüstung kann doch wirklich jeder halten wie er es mag und wie der Geldbeutel es eben hergibt. Und mit etwas Gespür und Menschenkenntnis kann man sogar gute von schlechter Beratung unterscheiden. Im übrigen gilt auch im Fallschirmgeschäft: Bessere Qualität kostet etwas mehr. Da aber nicht jeder gleich wahnsinnig viel springt, bietet sich die Preis-Leistungs-Überlegung durchaus an. Wie gesagt, es bleibt jedem selbst überlassen.

  11. Always when something real bad happens we look at it with hindsight. The first time a hoodie caused a fatality we will all ask: How could he?

    Erik Hollnagel, one of the leading scientists in systems safety, said: The future seems implausible, the past incredible.

    Think about it.

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    Honestly, I am pretty pissed because I switched from a Vigil to a Cypres in the last second (order close to be delivered).

    Why are you pissed? If the order is not yet delivered you will get a unit which is perfectly fine.

    I am in close contact with the company and I can tell you that they are indeed working on a recovery plan with great effort.

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    Why are there no information about the people behind the project and a way to contact them on the website? You do not want to be contacted?

    It is not to difficult to find out who it is. His attempt of covering his identity is as amateurish as his believe in invulnerability. I think he knows at least that parts of his project are illegal without proper supervision.

    Building windmills and building an aircraft (yes, it is an aircraft) might look similar, but it is different.