The greatest and best camera helmet in the world

Recently I put together a series of articles that cover many different aspects of camera flying that were published by Blue Skies Magazine. After several inquires, I wanted to follow up with what my current camera helmet actually looks like. Over the past decade I have experimented with many different helmets, cameras, mounts, and accessories.

camera helmet evolution

Given that a jump may require a unique helmet set up, I wanted to share what I find to be the most versatile and user friendly today. Currently I am jumping the Cookie Fuel, which I find to be one of the most comfortable and well built camera helmets I have ever jumped. I have also recently added the Sony Alpha 6000 to my arsenal, which is very light weight and has some great features applicable to skydiving.

As you can see the new set up is very compact, and cuts down on a lot of the weight from the Canon 7D which I would use frequently. This makes it easy to fly and lowers the chances of an entanglement with the parachute system. In addition, this set up allows for easy access to all of the camera’s components without having to remove them.

If you would like a similar set up, you can order many of the parts directly from Cookie. Below you will find images for each individual item, as well as a list of links for the products. I hope this will streamline the process of your pursuit of the greatest and best camera helmet in the world for you.

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Helmet and mounts:

Cookie Fuel
Fuel dual top plate
Fuel cutaway chin cup
GoPro skydiving helmet top mount
Flatlock
CNC ALUMINIUM METAL SKELETON RUGGED FRAME PROTECTIVE HOUSING FOR GOPRO HERO4
OPTIMA II

 

Sight, indicator light, and switches:

The ultimate switch
Turned on
Non removable Schumacher Articulating Ring Sight Extender
Newton Sight without holder

 

Cameras and lenses:

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera – Body only
Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens
Sony VCLECU2 12-16 MM,f/2.8 Petal Shaped Fixed Ultra Wide Converter for SEL16F28 and SEL20F28
GoPro Hero4 Black

 

The Power of Mentorship—Operation Enduring Warrior Skydive Continues Its Mission

Posted on 03. May, 2016 by Parachutist online. Words by MURV, Photos by NiklasDaniel.com.

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The Operation Enduring Warrior Skydive program began in 2013 (it was then called Operation X-Wing) to facilitate initial skydiving training for combat-wounded veterans. Since then, nine students have earned their A licenses through the program. But just like other recently A-licensed skydivers, many OEW jumpers came off the high of reaching this milestone and found themselves asking, “What’s next?” The world of skydiving is so full of possibilities for new jumpers that deciding what path to take can be overwhelming.

To figure out how to best encourage graduates to continue to learn, have fun and make wise decisions, OEW asked its alumni what kept them interested in the sport and coming back to their drop zones on weekends. From these interviews, OEW organizers learned that the new jumpers needed to feel comfortable in their home drop zones’ environments and that relationships with local jumpers played a big role in whether an adaptive skydiver chose to call a particular DZ home. So OEW decided to start a mentorship program to help graduates maintain currency and proficiency while beginning to explore different disciplines in the sport.

toddThere’s No Place Like Home
OEW-program hosts Lone Star Parachute Center in Luling, Texas; Skydive Arizona in Eloy; Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina; and Skydive Suffolk in Virginia are very supportive of the program and its adaptive athletes. However, after initial training, graduates often find themselves without a familiar drop zone close to home. Todd Love, a triple amputee who began skydiving in 2013 and is OEW’s first graduate, said, “I look for how accessible [a drop zone] is. If it’s not, then the only way I’m going is if I have a good friend who can help me out with all the logistics of skydiving as an adaptive athlete. It can be a bummer going to a drop zone that doesn’t have a bathroom I can use.”

Love also shared his thoughts on selecting people to jump with: “I always try to choose other skydivers who can have a positive ability on my own skydiving capabilities. I look for people who are professional not just in skydiving but … about everything they do. It sounds silly, but watching how people drive their cars, how they eat, how they speak or how they listen are all very revealing of their states of mind. There may be hints in their habits on the ground that may foreshadow their behavior in the air.” Love emphasized the need to find good communicators to jump with and added, “If there is a lack of communication, then step up and be the voice that can bring clarity to the plan of the skydive.”

Finding a Mentor
Along with the feedback OEW received from interviewing its graduates, it also had a chance to witness the positive effect of mentorship first-hand. When Tyler Anderson, a 2015 graduate of the OEW program at Paraclete XP, attended a B-license canopy course through AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona, he brought along his mentor, Justin Avila. (Recognizing that canopy control goes hand in hand with avoiding injury and staying in the sport, OEW recently began offering B-license canopy training for its graduates.) Anderson met Avila—a fellow wounded veteran with more than 500 jumps and a Coach rating—through school outside of the OEW program. At the canopy course, the OEW staff recognized that Avila’s support and guidance was a big part of Anderson’s success at progressing in the sport after earning his A license.

Additionally, Love attended some of Anderson’s canopy classes, providing additional support. Love’s guidance was also useful to new OEW student Donna Bachler. Though at different stages in their skydiving progressions, both Anderson and Bachler commented on the value of having another OEW Skydive graduate and adaptive athlete available to them as a resource.

A single mentor can provide an invaluable support system, as well as guidance and motivation, to a beginning skydiver. For OEW graduates, the most effective formula for achieving skydiving progression and success involved mentorship by fellow veterans. OEW graduates and current students call drop zones all over the United States home. If you’re a military veteran skydiver and would like to be involved with OEW, email skydive@enduringwarrior.org or search for “Operation Enduring Warrior” on Facebook.

About the Author
Iveta “Murv” Muravyeva, D-33208, is a pilot and a skydiver with more than 14 years of experience in both fields. She joined Operation Enduring Warrior in 2012 as Operation X-Wing’s program director with the goal of connecting wounded veterans to the skydiving community. She’s worked closely with AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona, as well as the staff of Skydive Suffolk, to develop the program.

Camera-flying Essentials

Camera-Flying-Essentials-Equipment.jpgI would like to thank Blue Skies Magazine for including some articles I wrote about camera flying in their “Get Current” column. This is the magazine’s annual spring refresher series, with the idea of addressing safety concerns so jumpers can come back from winter hibernation safely. I have created links to the three part series below which covers a variety of topics on camera flying such as: basic safety requirements, preparation and physical conditioning, training and skills, attitude and risk, procedures, deployment, future planning, and much more. If you like what you see and would like to support this awesome magazine, don’t forget to subscribe.

BS_LOGO_SQUARE“Are you just getting back into the sport and looking forward to filming the super cool idea you had over the winter? Is this the season where you are finally going to jump a camera for the first time? In either case, I hope to be able to share some insight on this fun activity to get your season started off right—and so that you can avoid having to wear the cone of shame…”

Part 1: The Camera Flyer

Part 2: Procedures

Part 3: Equipment