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Novice, expert or tandem
all-in-one device
Jump history accessible through LCD
No scheduled maintenance
Cutter & controller are field-replaceable

Like any other AAD on the market, the purpose of the Vigil® is to save lives.

Why would Vigil® become your Guardian Angel?

Unique patented time calculation ensures accurate activation.
Patented cutter device (circular knife) cuts the reserve loop twice.
Strong flexible connecting wires: easy to install in all rigs.
Patented Pulse + element always ready to trigger the cutter.
A very robust device.

Three modes in one: PRO – STUDENT – TANDEM
Novice, expert or tandem – all-in-one device.
Schools and centers: the versatility of the 3 modes = cost effective.
Vigil 2+ is also available in Xtreme mode.

Water Resistance
Vigil 2+ is waterproof (IP68 rated; max. 1,8 meters for a maximum of 24 hours).

No scheduled maintenance
Performs a self-check at every start-up.

Life Expectancy
Max. 20 years life expectancy.

Memory Features
Logbook with total number of jumps, overall free fall time, last free fall time, max speed of the last free fall, number of saves, atmospheric pressure, temperature…
Information accessible through LCD.

Black box function

Vigil retains last 16 minutes of freefall and creates 16 graphs containing all jump information that can be downloaded through an Infra Red download box.

User Friendly
Alpha numeric display for ease of use and communication.
Cutter & controller are field-replaceable.

A competitive price and a low cost of ownership.



aThe CYPRES wasn't the first AAD ever created but with its visionary cutter system, superior engineering and electronics it revolutionized the way the skydiving industry viewed AADs forever. There is a reason that all modern AADs look like a CYPRES. Since the mid to late 90's, all containers manufactured were built to accept the CYPRES. A proven maintenance plan and a driven dedication for excellence have made CYPRES the most popular AAD worldwide. Accept no substitutes.

CYPRES 2 Advantages:
24+ years of experience, 3,000+ real saves
12.5 year lifetime warranty
No user battery replacement - no cost to user for batteries, ever!
Predictable cost of ownership
User-Selectable Activation Altitude
Superior cutter design, has always cut the loop cleanly, even with no tension on the loop
Unique V-cut technology
Three times as powerful as other cutter systems
Full force in one cutting intersection
Superior reserve container closing loop system
Waterproof: 8 foot depth for 24 hours
Proactive, scheduled maintenance to ensure continued accurate operation and to perform any applicable updates
Will not accidentally activate if aircraft is over-pressurized on the ground or in flight
No need to avoid opening the aircraft door of the plane during flight in the activation region to avoid pressure variations which could result in an unexpected activation
No need to switch off before traveling in a closed vehicle (car, bus, train...) to avoid unexpected cutter activation
No need to reset if there is a change in atmospheric pressure of more than 10 hpa for optimal precision - CYPRES automatically tracks weather changes throughout the day
No need to verify that CYPRES is within 10 hpa of a calibrated barometer
More than 183,000 units produced (83,000 CYPRES & 100,000+ CYPRES 2)
100,000,000+ jumps
CYPRES has never failed to activate and cut the loop when the conditions were met. (To our knowledge as of 3/2015)
22,000+ loops cleanly cut, ZERO FAILURES

Expert CYPRES 2
The Expert CYPRES is the most commonly used model as it meets the demands of a wide range of jumpers. Either just off of student status or with skydives into the thousands, the Expert unit is probably the choice for you. The Expert CYPRES activates the cutter when it detects a descent rate higher than 78mph (35mps) at an approximate default altitude of 750 ft (225m) above ground level (AGL).

Tandem CYPRES 2
The Tandem CYPRES was specifically designed to be used on Tandem style skydives, thus the higher activation altitude to allow for the larger canopies being used. The descent rate for the activation is the same as with the Expert CYPRES (78mph / 35mps) but the default activation altitude is approximately 1900 ft (580m) AGL.

Student CYPRES 2
The Student CYPRES has unique activation parameters that better accommodate the safety needs of a student during the initial learning progression. If the descent rate is approximately the same rate as freefall, the unit will activate at approximately 750 ft (default setting, same as the Expert), but if the descent rate is lower than freefall speed and still above 29mph (e.g. with partially opened canopy), the unit will activate at approximately 1000 ft (300m) AGL (default setting). Unlike the Expert and Tandem models, it is recommended that the Student unit be turned off in the event that the jump is aborted as the vertical descent rate of the aircraft is still fast enough to activate the unit.

Speed CYPRES 2
The Speed CYPRES has the highest activation speed than any of the other models; 102mph (46mps) at a default altitude of 750 ft (225m) AGL. Unlike the other models, the Speed CYPRES ceases operation below 330 ft (100m) AGL. The Speed CYPRES is designed specifically to allow for extreme canopy piloting. The high actviation speed plus the feature that ceases operation below 330 ft are tailored for this discipline. The Speed CYPRES is designed to activate reliably in all "regular" freefall situations (without special equipment or pilot chute) when no canopy or drogue is out. For some activities the Speed CYPRES may not be suitable!!

Changeable MODE CYPRES 2
The changeable MODE CYPRES can be configured in the field to have the same activation parameters as any existing civilian model of CYPRES 2 (Expert, Student, Tandem or Speed). This feature can be accomplished by a set series of control unit button pushes until the appropriate model can be selected. After this is done, the current model version is visually recognizable on the control unit display when the unit is on. Model conversions for the Expert, Student, Tandem and Speed CYPRES 2 are available and performed at SSK and Airtec at no cost to the user other than shipping.

CYPRES Maintenance turns from mandatory to highly recommended

Although the CYPRES maintenance is no longer mandatory, it is still highly recommended.
A portion of the CYPRES reliability over the past 25+ years is attributed to the 4 and 8 year
maintenance cycle with an end of the guaranteed life at 12.5 years. If these recommendations
are not followed for a particular CYPRES, that unit’s ability to cope with changing
conditions, its precision and its reliability will decrease and even its functionality might be
considerably limited or impossible. It is your responsibility to weigh possible advantages
and disadvantages and as such, you bare any and all possible consequences of choosing
not to have the maintenance performed.
If you or your friends or relatives are not willing to accept the uncertainties and risks that
CYPRES might generate, then you must not use CYPRES.