Airmar Updates OnSiteWX App to Support iPhone 6 & iPhone 6+

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Version 3.0 is now available for download

Airmar is pleased to announced the release of version 3.0 of the OnSiteWX app to the iTunes store. The OnSiteWX app is a powerful tool for Apple mobile devices. It displays data from Airmar WeatherStation® Instruments and Smart™ Sensors. Data is transferred through an NMEA 2000® or NMEA 0183 to a wifi adapter connected to a network, giving you easy access to data.

There are a number of features that have been added to increase the functionality and usability of the OnSiteWX app including:

  • All gauges included in free version
  • Added relative humidity, dew point, and heat index gauges
  • Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
  • Support for additional adapters
  • Remote monitoring through HelmSmart™
  • WiFi adapter information can be edited by user
  • New WiFi adapters can be added by user
    • Chetco SeaSmart WiFi™
    • Chetco HelmSmart™
    • Digital® Yacht NavLink
    • Digital® Yacht WLN10
    • DMK 11A
    • MailASail RedBox
    • Navico GoFree™
    • ShipModul Miniplex 2Wi
    • Vesper Marine

Depending on the model, Airmar’s WeatherStation® units are capable of providing the following data:

  • Ultrasonic wind readings up to 90 MPH/78 KTS
  • Barometric pressure
  • Air temperature
  • Wind chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Dew point
  • Heat Index
  • GPS data
  • Compass data
  • Pitch and roll
  • Rate of turn

Depending on the model, Airmar’s Smart™ Sensors are capable of providing the following data:

  • Boat speed
  • Water temperature
  • Water depth

The OnSiteWX app allows all of this information to be displayed just the way you want it. Customize each screen to display the gauges that you need and ensure that all of the data relevant to you and your needs is easily accessible.  Download the app from the iTunes store now! 

Airmar Tags Along with the Nautilus’ Scientific Expedition

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Airmar’s custom configuration broadband transducer installed on Hercules

The Nautilus is a scientific vessel equipped to explore the world’s oceans. The ship has left for its six-month expedition, and will be exploring and studying areas from the Gulf of Mexico to the Galapagos Islands and up to British Columbia. With two remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), the Argus and Hercules, the crew of the Nautilus is capable of exploring some of the deepest parts of the oceans. Airmar will be joining along on the expedition, with a transducer specialized for deep sea environments on board.

The first leg of the Nautilus’ journey will be to explore natural gas vents in the Gulf of Mexico. These vents pump methane gas into the ocean, and the team is studying them to find out more about their effects on the environment. Sending Hercules to a source, a methane vent called Sleeping Dragon (for its physical resemblance to the mythical creature) the science team of the Nautilus will be using high definition video and transducers to examine the characteristics of methane bubbles.

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Methane gas bubbles passing Hercules

The vent is located at a depth of 2900 ft (880m) so the broadband technology transducer Airmar has provided to the Nautilus team is specially developed to stand the incredible pressure at that depth.

The science team is investigating the way methane gas moves through the water column, and is distributed through the ocean. Once methane bubbles escape the vent they move quickly up through the water column, and disperse into the water. Studying the methane at its source allows the science team to study the highest volume of gas bubbles possible, since the gas bubbles disperse as they move upward through the water. Hercules then moves up through the water column to perform the same tests to determine how quickly the methane is dispersing. This process is repeated until the bubbles from the vent are no longer detectable.

Customizable for any number of environmental situations, Airmar’s line of transducers for hydrographic survey and scientific applications are an excellent choice whether being used at the oceans surface, or far below it. You can find out more about Airmar transducers from our website.

To find out more about the Nautilus, and the science teams expedition, you can follow their progress from their website, and make sure to check out Hercules’s exciting recent encounter with a rare sperm whale.

 

Airmar Technology to Exhibit at Ocean Business ’15

Ocean Business LogoThe Ocean Business ‘15 Exhibition begins this Tuesday, April 14th at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton, United Kingdom. This show is massive display of ocean technology, with over 300 companies participating in the exhibition. Airmar will present many of our top-of-the-line navigation and survey products as well as the WX line of WeatherStation® instruments. You can find Airmar located at stand P5.

One of the highlights of Ocean Business will be the many training and demonstration sessions throughout the show. At Airmar’s stand get a hands on tour of the OnSiteWX app (available on the iTunes store for Apple devices running iOS 6.1 or newer), which brings data from the versatile WX WeatherStation® line as well as Airmar’s line of smart transducers straight to your mobile device.

Dependent on the model, Airmar’s WeatherStation® units are capable of providing data on:

  • Ultrasonic wind readings up to 90 MPH/78 KTS
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Air Temperature
  • Wind chill
  • Relative humidity
  • Dew point
  • Heat Index
  • GPS data
  • Compass data
  • Pitch and roll
  • Rate of turn

Dependent on the model, Airmar’s Smart Sensors are capable of providing data on:

  • Boat speed
  • Water temperature
  • Water depth

Many of Airmar’s navigation and survey line of transducers will also be on display during the exhibition. Airmar offers a full line of transducers for hydrographic survey and scientific applications, as well as a line of broadband transducers with CHIRP-ready capabilities.

For more information about the show, or if you would like to request a meeting during the show, please contact Sue Bennett, Business Development Manager (sbennett@airmar.com).

Press Release – Airmar Named Top 20 Finalist in 2015 SBANE Innovation Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MILFORD, NH. (April 9th, 2015) –  The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), sponsor of the New England Innovation Awards since its inception in 1986, proudly announces the 2015 Finalists. Airmar Technology Corporation was selected from 175 innovative organizations to compete in the final phase of this competition.

Innovation is at the heart of economic prosperity and SBANE continues to recognize those companies and organizations that have transformed their innovative ideas into a product or service that delivers proven value to customers. Former winners come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (both for profit and not for profit), and retail / distribution. Winners include notable companies such as Staples, PictureTel, Ben & Jerry’s, Brooks Automation, Direct Tire, Genzyme, Nantucket Nectars, Imagitas!, Aurora Imaging Technology, and iRobot.

Winners and Finalists of this prestigious award will be honored at the “Evening of Innovation” Gala Dinner on May 6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. The keynote speaker for this Gala Dinner will be Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clean Harbors.

Visit Us at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show

The 2015 Miami International Boat Show will be in full swing next week (the show begins Feb. 12th), and Airmar is exhibiting at booth #2508 in the Marine Market section of the show. If you are planning to be in attendance at the show make sure to visit us, as we will be showing off the newest products for the 2015 fishing season.

Making sure that a transducer installation has gone well can be tricky, and a bad installation can disrupt the signal quality of even the best transducer. To eliminate the guess work Airmar has developed the TDT1000, a device that can connect to your installed transducer, and test it against the original factory approved test results. The TDT1000 is able to sync with any Bluetooth LE enabled iOS or Android device through Airmar’s custom app to display test results from your transducer as well as comparisons from Airmar’s own database. The TDT1000 is coming soon in 2015!

Come see a sneak peek in Miami!

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On The Water with Rob Moore: Interview at the 2014 Big Game Classic

rob-mooreRob Moore has captained a boat for twenty five years. A serial tournament fisherman, Rob spends eight to ten months a year fishing throughout the Caribbean the Bahamas and up to Bermuda as captain of the Fa-La-Me. “Now we are here [in Bermuda] for a month, and when we get done with these tournaments we’re going straight to St. Thomas and we’ll be doing that.”

Equipped on the Fa-La-Me is an Airmar B265 L/M CHIRP transducer, which the crew won at a previous Bermuda Big Game Tournament “A couple years ago we won the CHIRP system in our boat, and we absolutely love it… we definitely use it for tournament fishing and blue marlin fishing.”

The B265 L/M covers dual bandwidths, with a low frequency ranging from 42 – 65 kHz, and a medium frequency operating between 85 – 135 kHz.  The medium frequency is perfect for scanning the mid-water column, while the low frequency allows for deep water, and bottom tracking. “We do a lot of duel zoom, where I’m reading the bottom, but also trying to mark blue marlin. When we are back home it’s to mark the bait for sail fishing.” The medium frequency on the B265 is excellent for marking targets in the water column with high enough definition that it is possible to distinguish between species.

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Watch the interview with Rob Moore

 

On the Water with Parker Bankston: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

Parker-Bankston-Team-GalatiMarlin are magnificent hunters of the deep sea. Searching out schools of baitfish, such as anchovies or ballyhoo, they will use their large spear-like bills to stun and skewer their prey. Using their speed, marlin will charge straight into schools causing chaos among the prey. In defense baitfish will form into tight swirling balls, known as baitballs.

Parker Bankston and the crew of Team Galati’s new Viking vessel—on the hunt for marlin and other game fish—know that finding a baitball can be the difference between hooking up with a big catch and having a slow day on the water. Luckily Team Galati is equipped with one of the best transducers for this purpose, the CM275LH-W.

“We’re using it totally trying to mark balls of bait,” said Parker of his CHIRP transducer. “For us it’s in the top four hundred to top twelve hundred feet of water.” With a high frequency band of 150 – 250 kHz the CM275LH-W is an excellent choice for detecting targets at this depth range. The unit is capable of providing high definition images, allowing easy differentiation between baitfish and gamefish underneath the boat.

But where Airmar’s wide beam CHIRP transducers really shine is the constant 25° beam angle across the entire high frequency bandwidth. “It’s amazing to be able to scan a larger area to help determine whether you need to be turning left or right. If you turn right, and that fish was there, that can really change your day.”

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Watch the interview with Parker Bankston now.

To find out more about the CM275LH-W visit our product page. 

On the Water with Mike Kennedy: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

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In January of 1784 the Spanish Brig of War, El Cazador, sailed from Spain to Mexico where it was loaded with gold and silver to aid the colony of Louisiana. But not a single piece of eight made it to the ships final destination, the port city of New Orleans. In the Gulf of Mexico, whether by storm or pirate attack, the ship sank and the Spanish fortune was lost in the Gulf of Mexico.

Now the name El Cazador (which means ‘The Hunter’ in English) lives on in the 65’ sportfishing boat captained by Mike Kennedy; patrolling from Panama to Bermuda and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the search for billfish. To help with this search, El Cazador is equipped with the Airmar CM599LM CHIRP broadband transducer.

Perfect for fishing in deep waters, the powerful CM599LM is capable of tracking bottom at incredible depths. “On my trip from North Carolina to Bermuda this year, I actually marked 13,500 feet,” recalled Mike. “It was just phenomenal!” But raw power isn’t the only advantage that the CM599LM brings.

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El Cazador on the hunt.

The medium frequency of the transducer, which operates in the range of 80-130 kHz, is perfect for spotting marlin and other gamefish. Outperforming older technologies, with crystal clear images of what lies underneath the water.

Watch the video with Mike Kennedy, Captain of El Cazador now.

To find out more about the CM599LM, visit our product page.

METS Marine Equipment Trade Show 2014

METS-2014-logoThe largest trade show in the world for marine electronics begins November 18th in Amsterdam. With over 1,300 exhibitors at this year’s METS Trade Show (from 39 different countries), there are sure to be many unique and innovative products present this year. Airmar is pleased to be a part of this exciting event, presenting our newest, innovative product offerings for the marine market.

Airmar will be exhibiting at Stand # 01.205.  This year we will be highlighting our updated line of WX WeatherStation® instruments with built in heaters. The newest WX units will soon be available with a built in 60-watt heater designed to prevent icing on the surface of the unit. WX WeatherStation® units are the premier technology for site-specific weather monitoring. It provides real-time weather data to your NMEA device, PC, and now (via the OnSite-WX app) to iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Also on display will be Airmar’s newest line of single-band CHIRP transducers. Unlike our line of broadband CHIRP transducers this new line of CHIRP products will only cover one frequency band; covering a low, medium, or high frequency range. We are pleased to bring this innovative technology to the everyday fisherman in a low-cost, low power product.  AIRMAR’s single band CHIRP product line will give us a chance to expand the market to shallow to mid-water fisherman in salt and freshwater environments.

We hope to see you at the METS Trade Show this year!

Visit our website for information on upcoming Airmar events

On the Water with Bryce Garvey: Interview at the 2014 Bermuda Big Game Classic

Watch the interview with Bryce Garvey

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The Big Game Classic is one of the largest billfishing tournaments in the world and Airmar has been participating in this great event for the past few years. At the event we were able to meet with some of the captains that fish these tournaments on a regular basis to find out what they thought about using CHIRP technology on a daily basis.

Bryce Garvey, the 15-year veteran captain of the 72’ Merritt sport boat ‘Georgie Girl’ had great things to say about his CHIRP technology system. Georgie Girl is decked out for marlin fishing and the boat is a common participant in some of the biggest tournament fishing events in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Sporting both an R509 and a CM275LH-W Bryce finds that this combination covers his needs very well.

For shallow water fishing, structure fishing and fishing in 600’ to 1000’ of water the CM275LH-W is excellent, providing detailed images of bottom structures and distinctly marking game fish. The R509 fills another roll; achieving deep water depths and providing contour lines which is perfect for the waters off of Bermuda.

fishing boat Georgie Girl

Bryce is a seasoned participant of the tournament fishing circuits, so when he says that CHIRP “the best technology I’ve seen to come out of the sport fishing industry in the past two to three years” we take that as a serious compliment.

Watch the interview with Bryce Garvey

Stay tuned next week for our interview with Mike Kennedy, Captain of El Cazador.