Award Winning Products and Innovations

Throughout our 25 years, CYPRES has been bestowed with some of the highest awards in the skydiving and aviation industries.  Though our motivation isn’t to receive accolades, it has been an honor to be recognized for our achievement of creating a device which has revolutionized the sport of parachuting.

2015 | Skydiving Hall of Fame

Friday, August 28, 2015



Created in 2010, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who, through leadership, innovation and/or outstanding achievement have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels in the past, present, and for future generations of skydivers.

Skydiving Hall of Fame Logo


In 2015, Helmut Cloth was inducted into the Skydiving Hall of Fame alongside Alexander “Sasha” Beloglazov, Yasuhiro Kubo, Nathan “Nate” Pond, Paul Poppenhager, Brenda Reid and Robert (Bob) Sinclair.

Today, The Hall of Fame is regarded as the highest honor for a lifetime contribution to the sport. Anyone who knows Helmut understands that he was truly humbled by this great honor and to be inducted with some of the greatest contributors to the sport of skydiving.




2010 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees
2011 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees
2012 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees
2013 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees
2014 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees
2015 Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees

2012 | BPA Jim Crocker Award

Monday, August 27, 2012


Helmut Cloth receives the BPA’s Jim Crocker Sword from Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC

In 2012 Helmut Cloth was honored with the British Parachute Association’s Jim Crocker Award recognizing outstanding contribution to sport parachuting. The award itself is a British Infantry pattern sword and was presented by Prince Andrew, Duke of York at the Royal Aero Club.


2001 | PIA Symposium Best Booth Award

Saturday, August 27, 2011

To many, this award may not seem like a major accolade being that it’s an award for best booth at the PIA Symposium (hosted every two years), but among the skydiving manufacturing community, it’s a very competitive award to win!

We were proud to have claimed the best booth in 2001!


1993 Para SportItalia, 1995 Jump Shack, 1997 Rigging Innovations
1999 Parachutes de France, 2001 Airtec, 2003 Aerodyne Research
2005 Precision Aerodynamics, 2007 Sky Systems, 2008 CIMSA
2009 Larsen & Brusgaard, 2011 Larsen & Brusgaard
2013 Rigging Innovations Systems Technology, 2015 Performance Designs, 2017 UPT

1999 | PIA Don Beck Award

Friday, August 27, 1999


The highest PIA award is often a surprise and may be presented at the International Parachute Symposium. “Don Beck Memorial” was added to the title of the award in 1988. Eligibility: For parachute or skydiving achievements that have stood the test of time. Awarded by: Parachute Industry Association (PIA).

Don-Beck-AwardPast Recipients

1981: Russ Gunby 1982: Ken Coleman 1983: Bill Booth 1984: Bill Ottley 1987: Don Beck (posthumously). 1989: Ted Strong 1990: Dan-San Abbott 1993: Lowell Bachman 1999: Helmet Cloth 2001: Paul Thompson 2003: Elek Puskas 2005: Dan Poynter 2007: Dave DeWolf 2009: Floyd J. Smith, (posthumously) 2010: Col. Joe W. Kittinger, Jr. 2011: Leslie Irvin (posthumously) 2012: Ralph (Rags) Raghanti


1997 | FAI Gold Medal

Wednesday, August 27, 1997


This Medal was established by the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) in January 1968. It may be awarded annually for an outstanding accomplishment in connection with parachuting. This may be in the realm of sport, safety or at the option of the Commission, an invention. This is one of the highest awards bestowed upon any individual in the skydiving industry.

Past Recipients

2015 Svetlana Klenina, 2014 Felix Baumgartner, 2012 Anton Westman, 2011 Timothy Mace, 2009 Patrice Girardin,
2004 Brenda Reid, 2003 Dr. Dieter Strüber, 2002 Col. Erich Graetzer, 2000 Tatiana Osipova, 1999 Helmut Schlecht,
1998 Lars G. Lindhal, 1997 Helmut Cloth, 1996 Patrick Castella, 1994 Dr. Uwe Beckmann, 1993 Col. Erich Graetzer,
1992 William Booth, 1991 E.T.H. Wijnands, 1990 Ms. Galina Pyasetskaya, 1989 Anguel Atanassov Doinski,
1988 Zlatko Beric, 1987 Dr. Franz Lorber, 1985 Charles Shea-Simonds, 1984 Domina Jalbert, 1983 Ivan Lysov,
1982 Aleksandar Stanic, 1980 Col. Wolfgang Pflegerl, 1979 Nikolai Gladkov, 1976 Arkadi Gouskov, 1974 Steven Snyder,
1973 Pierre Lemoigne, 1971 Ms. Nadezhda Pryakhina, 1970 Pierre Lard, 1969 Janko Lutovac

Helmut Cloth with the astronaut Ernst Messerschmidt (one of the crew members of the space shuttle Challenger 1985) at the price giving.

This prize is awarded for special efforts, developments and innovative ideas in the construction of aircraft in the field of general aviation, whereby the focus of interest is on safety, environmental sustainability, aerodynamics, construction design and economy.

The Berblinger prize is one of the highest-valued prizes in the field of general aviation. The competition entries submitted will be judged by a panel of independent, honorary jurors including experts from the aviation and space industry, representatives from universities and research institutes, aviation historians and representatives of the town of Ulm.

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