Within six months (despite Helmut not actively looking for a US collaborator), SSK is invited to become Airtec’s mission-driven partner. The founders’ shared commitment to safety enhancements, efficiency, and innovation in skydiving tech makes collaboration not only ideal, but also mutually beneficial.
In 1993, SSK becomes the US-based CYPRES Service Center for the CYPRES AAD. To validate Airtec’s claims, SSK performs a series of CYPRES tests in a chamber, mannequin drop tests, and live test jumps featuring increased activation altitude and intentional activation of the CYPRES and initiation of the canopy deployment sequence. Our tests show that the CYPRES works exactly as described.
Later, Cliff and Airtec’s Gerard Fetter perform live demos at skydiving boogies where they are pulled out of a 16-way formation at 4,000 feet for others to witness. Photo: Helmut and Cliff