Marine Industry First: Raymarine Delivers Axiom UAV App

New LightHouse 3.6 update for Axiom MFD offers integration with DJI Mavic Pro Drones

Delivering a marine electronics industry first, Raymarine Axiom users can now take to the skies with the latest LightHouse 3.6 OS update. The new Axiom UAV app brings together the power and simplicity of Raymarine navigation with advanced unmanned aerial imaging.

Compatible with the popular and highly capable DJI Mavic Pro drone, the Axiom UAV app automates many common tasks including launch, airborne imaging, in-flight navigation, and return-to boat. Fishing and cruising boats alike can greatly benefit from having this added aerial imaging platform integrated onboard.

Advantages include:
Virtual Tuna Tower
Launch the Mavic Pro and use its camera system to scout for fish in the water ahead of the boat. When fitted with an optional polarized lens, the Mavic Pro’s 4K UHD camera system can see gamefish, baitfish, weedlines, sandbars, reefs and more. This technology allows smaller boats many of the fish-scouting advantages once limited to boats to boats of a very specific size and cost.

Capture the Action
Capture the action of landing trophy fish. Use Axiom UAV’s Fish-On feature to instantly launch the UAV, start video recording, and automatically fly the camera in an orbit around the boat. Convenient on-screen controls let you fine-tune the UAV’s altitude, orbit radius, orbit speed and camera angle right from the screen of your Raymarine Axiom or Axiom Pro.

Birds-Eye Viewing on the Big Screen Axiom MFD
Free your drone from your tiny Smartphone screen and view imagery on your sizeable Raymarine Axiom or Axiom Pro MFD screen. Shoot video, take still images, and capture other imagery you can see from the air, all easily saved to Mavic’s onboard memory card.

Scout Ahead with UAV Goto
Fly to points of interest, waypoints, or chart locations. Use the UAV GOTO command on your Axiom or Axiom Pro chartplotter screen to send the UAV out on a mission. Using GPS navigation, the Mavic Pro will fly to the precise location you selected and hover on station. While airborne you can see the UAV on your navigation chart along with its course, speed, altitude and camera orientation.

Automated or Manual Flight Controls
The Axiom UAV app offers multiple options to control the Mavic Pro in flight, including an automatic “Return to Boat” feature. In addition to the automatic flight modes, Axiom UAV also offers virtual on-screen joysticks for manual flight. You can also take control at any time with the DJI Mavic Pro joystick controller.

Axiom UAV is a free update for Axiom, Axiom Pro and Axiom XL multifunction displays. The LightHouse 3.6 update is now available for Axiom owners to download directly to their Wi-Fi-enabled MFDs or users can download the software from the website.

For more information on the Raymarine Axiom UAV APP visit

This press release distributed by Traditions Media



Panbo publishes select press releases as a service to readers and the marine electronics industry. The release contents do not reflect the opinion of the editors and are not fact checked by the editors

4 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    If you vaguely recall that Raymarine announced and demonstrated Axiom UAV (drone) integration at the Miami Boat Show, your mind is not fooling you:

    But now that it’s actually arrived, it seems to include some neat features that were only mentioned in Miami, like Virtual Tuna Tower mode. And don’t fret about the “It comes as part of the soon-to-be released LightHouse 3.6 update” line at the update site. I just downloaded the Axiom update and it definitely contains version 3.6.32

    (There’s also a LightHouse 3.6 update for eS Series & gS Series, though without the UAV app.)

  2. Robert says:

    Way cool stuff, but can you say “distracted driving”?

  3. Randy Repass Jr says:

    Having just installed my new Garmin 1222xsv and being a proud owner of a Mavic Pro drone, I sure hope this pushes Garmin to do similar

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Randy, I think that Raymarine was able to do this largely because Axiom runs on the Android operating system and so they could work with an available DJI Mavic software development kit (though obviously Ray added a lot of marine integration).

      So Garmin would have a more work to do to achieve the same results. However, are you aware of the very cool integration between Garmin VIRB action cameras and MFDs like yours? (Strangely not mentioned among the 1222 features, though it’s listed as compatible). Here’s my experience with an XE model now discontinued (but still available):

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *