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Sail Magazine - Pittman Innovation Award
FLIR’s First Mate hand-held thermal imager has been awarded a 2010 Pittman Innovation Award from Sail Magazine in the safety gear category. The Pittman Innovation Awards, named in honor the memory of former SAIL technical editor Freeman Pittman, who died in 1996 from ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, recognize the most innovative products in the sailboat market. Judges recognized the First Mate for its unsurpassed man-overboard recovery and night navigation capabilities, citing its ability to detect and deliver crisp nocturnal images regardless of cloud cover, shore light or lunar phases. Judges also noted that the unit is fully submersible, impact resistant and transportable, and offers its users a huge amount of versatility.