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.
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.
Helmet and mounts:
Fuel dual top plate
Fuel cutaway chin cup
GoPro skydiving helmet top mount
CNC ALUMINIUM METAL SKELETON RUGGED FRAME PROTECTIVE HOUSING FOR GOPRO HERO4
Sight, indicator light, and switches:
The ultimate switch
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