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

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s……. an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone

Posted on January 19, 2016 at 10:58pm 7 Comments

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 was approx. 80 acres of vineyard and almond trees, with a 260 feet elevation change. To comply with the FAA…


Sometimes the Whole is Better than the Sum of the Parts

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:06pm 4 Comments


So today I was invited to a UAV product launch, with a company I’ve discussed before Drone Deploy, http://www.dronedeploy.com and…


What happened at the AMA Expo?

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 1:36am 0 Comments

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 Warbirds, 3D planes, EDF jets, Helicopters and of course the Multirotors. I’ve always meant to go to the AMA Expo held every…


God is my Co-Pilot……or is it Drone Deploy?

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:46pm 3 Comments

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 end-to-end flow. It’s not about the drone, or how sexy it is. It’s using the drone as a tool to get actionable data that can be used to…


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