Blue Skies Consulting, LLC
Blue Skies is a certified woman-owned small business that provides
for mapping and remote sensing applications. The company,
established in 1999, is registered as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise with
the New Mexico Department of Transportationís Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Program and the New Mexico Unified Certification Program. Our current certificate of
registration is valid until February 28, 2013. Blue Skies is an equal opportunity
provider and employer. Please click here to view our USDA
The company achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification for its aerial mapping services in September 2005, and
continues to maintain our QMS to the current standard, which is now
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Blue Skies awards include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year for 2003 and the
USDA Farm Service Agency's Woman-Owned Business
Contractor of the Year for 2010.
Blue Skies is the only company
based in the State of New Mexico with a digital photogrammetric mapping
camera. Blue Skies' Microsoft / Vexcel UltraCam Lp digital camera is
integrated with the Track 'Air flight management system, a Leica
Geosystems PAV30 gyro-stabilized camera mount, and a Novatel Span SE
5-hertz airborne GPS receiver with a Northrup-Grumman LN-200 Inertial
2012, Blue Skies acquired the equipment, personnel, and accounts of
New Mexico Aerial Surveys. This alliance greatly strengthens the
capabilities and technology available to Blue Skies' customers.
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Blue Skies' CEO
and majority share holder, received a Master of Science in Applied Geography degree
from Southwest Texas State University and an undergraduate degree from Rice University.
For more than 29 years, Ms. Wiggins has been involved in the mapping and surveying,
photogrammetry and remote-sensing industries. She has extensive experience in project
management for the environmental science field, including work at the National
Geographic Society, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of the
Interior's Office of Environmental Affairs, and Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas,
Inc. In January of 1999, Ms. Wiggins founded Blue Skies Consulting, LLC, with Michael
Mike Racine, President
and Chief Pilot of Blue Skies,
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico.
He has more than 26 years of aerial mapping experience and is a large-project
specialist. Mr. Racine is a commercial pilot with single- and multi-engine land
instrument airplane licenses and has more than 8000 hours flying time. He holds a
second-class medical certificate and has had no accidents or incidents. Mr. Racine is
also a Federal Aviation Administration-certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P)
aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA).
Michael Grossman, Pilot and Project Manager, received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. He has 21 years
of experience as a commercial pilot, acquiring precision aerial
photography for photogrammetric mapping projects with flight altitudes
ranging from 900' AMT to over 20,000' AMT. Mr. Grossman has
been directly responsible for managing mapping projects, cost
estimating of mapping and flight-only projects, flight map
preparation. He has experience in project management,
estimating, and flight planning and layout.
Zach DiCicco, Imagery Production Manager, received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Geography from the University of Montana. He has 16 years
of experience in the Geomatics industry, holding positions in photogrammetry, remote
sensing, GIS, and technical support. Mr. DiCicco's contributions include digital
image enhancement and quality control, aerial triangulation, orthorectification / mosaicing of imagery, and managing the post acquisition imagery work flow. He has experience with collecting and compiling DEM and planimetric feature data, stereo LIDAR review and editing, and GIS data creation.
In Memory of Steve Scharf
In August, 2013, Steve lost a two year battle with cancer. Steve was the Imagery Production Manager with Blue Skies, and he had over 25 years of experience in surveying and photogrammetry. He was a valuable and beloved member of the Blue Skies team and will be greatly missed by all of us.