Blue Skies Consulting, LLC
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 is a certified woman-owned small business that provides aerial photography
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 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 25 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 20 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 25 years
of experience as a commercial pilot, with 18 of those years 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.
Steve Scharf, Imagery Production Manager, received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Geography from Indiana University.
24 years of experience in a wide range of technical and production
techniques to Blue Skies. Mr. Scharf's contributions include all
aspects of surveying and photogrammetry, as well as current
technologies in softcopy photogrammetry. His expertise includes
flight planning, analytics/aerotriangulation, collection and
compilation of surface data including correlated DEM and LIDAR data,
orthorectification/mosaicing of imagery, digital image enhancement
skills, and quality control procedures.
Steve recently lost a two-year battle with cancer. He was a valuable and
beloved member of the Blue Skies team and will be greatly missed by all