Santa Cruz, CA

About Me:

Flying over 10 years, multirotor for at least 6.Worked with apm 1 onwards. Live in Santa Cruz California, working to support local community with drone services and knowledge.

Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Own a UAV company Kextrel LLC, interested in the application of drones in Precision Ag, inspection, and renewables.


Santa Cruz

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Iain Butler commented on Iain Butler's blog post It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s……. an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone
"The Disco is FPV but you can also program a flight path into it. Just add a NADIR camera and its a mapping drone. Question is how easy it is to program waypoints in to do a useful survey."
Jan 20, 2016
Iain Butler posted a blog post
This blog covers the development of an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone, and the mapping of a vineyard in California.The vineyard was located in a valley with the main property at the top of a hill, with the vines covering the hilly area. There…
Jan 19, 2016
Iain Butler posted a blog post
So today I was invited to a UAV product launch, with a company I’ve discussed before Drone Deploy, http://www.dronedeploy.com and https://theuavguy.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/god-is-my-co-pilotor-is-... . However this story has a couple…
Apr 1, 2015
Iain Butler posted a blog post
I’ve been a card carrying member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over a decade, when my first plane was a 2-channel toy with a turning radius of Texas from a hobby store. Today that humble start has grown into a whole collection of…
Jan 31, 2015
Iain Butler posted a blog post
Recently I was approached about one of my previous blog posts on Vineyard Surveys by a Drone Startup based in San Francisco, Drone Deploy. In my previous blogs I’ve stated the importance of a whole system approach to UAV work with a smooth…
Jan 20, 2015
Iain Butler commented on Iain Butler's blog post How to Crash your Drone in 30 Seconds…….Or hopefully not with a little bit of information.
"Hi @Steve, be happy to credit you, its a great picture. Regards Iain"
Dec 26, 2014
Iain Butler posted a blog post
 So if you’ve got a RC plane, Helicopter or Multirotor for Christmas congratulations, I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy it. I’m hopefully going to give you some pointers so you don’t crash your new drone. It should also make your flying more…
Dec 25, 2014
Iain Butler posted a blog post
3D Robotics Iris+ flying with a NDVI modified GoPro Hero3+ CameraThe following NDVI GoPro flight with Iris+ video shows the results of a manual flight of a 3D Robotics Iris+ carrying a modified NDVI GoPro Hero 3+ camera. The aim is to show how the…
Dec 20, 2014
Iain Butler posted a blog post
The LA Drone Expo was held on Saturday 13th Dec at the LA Sports Arena, here is a blog covering the LA Drone Expo - Is it really all about the Drone?
Dec 15, 2014
Iain Butler posted a blog post
Sensefly has just announced the eXom quadcopter drone that has some unique functionality when it comes to sensor payloads and situational awareness, initial details are on the following @theUAVguy Sensefly eXom blog 
Oct 7, 2014
Iain Butler commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Great post on agricultural drone mapping
"Hello Neolu, Good observation on the the flight path, it was flying in survey mode however, the Santa Cruz mountains have significant winds especially through the morning. That day there was extremely windy with a constant wind, but then with gusts…"
Sep 29, 2014
Iain Butler posted a blog post
This is a compilation of 3 blog posts from theUAVguy which cover the use of UAV's in agriculture. The first blog covers How UAV's can help in Farming - An Introduction. The second Which Aerial Platform to use for Precision Agriculture . And finally…
Sep 28, 2014
Iain Butler posted photos
Sep 28, 2014