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15 February 2017

Blue Skies Attends the Vexcel Users Group Meeting


Blue Skies representatives attended the Vexcel Users Group Meeting that was held at the Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. Topics such as new camera systems and the new functions of updated software were discussed.

12 February 2017

Blue Skies Attends the International LiDAR Mapping Forum


Blue Skies representatives attended the International LiDAR Mapping Forum that was held at the Hyatt Regency Denver in Denver, Colorado. This three day forum was sponsored and supported by ASPRS, Informed Infrastructure, LiDAR Magazine, OGC, POB, and UAS Colorado. Topics such as industry advancement, benefits of LiDAR and LiDAR deliverables were discussed.

19 December 2016

Congratulations, Ethan Lacher!


Blue Skies congratulates Ethan Lacher on becoming a UAS part 107 certified remote pilot. Ethan is the third member of the Blue Skies team to obtain a remote pilot certificate. Mike Racine and Michael Grossman also hold remote pilot certificates.

20 October 2016

Blue Skies Welcomes Kirtland Air Force Base


Blue Skies attended an event held by Kirtland Air Force Base and the City of Belen to celebrate the a partnership that enhances aircrew training with a fly-in. Belen and 58th Special Operations Wing recently signed an agreement allowing C-130 training on the crosswind runway at Belen Alexander Municipal Airport.

1 October 2016

Blue Skies Has Added LiDAR Capabilities


Blue Skies' new RIEGL VQ-580 LiDAR system adds to our ever expanding services. The V-Line Airborne Laser Scanner RIEGL VQ-580 provides high speed, non-contact data acquisition using a narrow near-infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on RIEGL's unique echo digitalization and online waveform processing, which allows achieving superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions, and the evaluation of multiple target echoes. The LiDAR system is integrated along with our Vexcel UltraCam Lp digital camera in the same aircraft for simultaneous acquisition of laser and digital data. To learn more about Blue Skies' LiDAR technology click here.

1 October 2016

The Drone Age

Blue Skies is proud to announce that we are adding drone capabilities to our services. In a world of ever expanding technological capabilities, Blue Skies wants to ensure that we have the ability to provide exceptional services. We will have two commercially licensed remote drone pilots on staff. Our drone services will be available soon.

22 September 2016

Blue Skies Attends Acquisition Symposium

Blue Skies owners Tami Wiggins and Mike Racine attended Quantum Spatial's first Acquisition Symposium in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At the symposium, more than 70 attendees learned about digital imaging technologies, cutting edge Geo-referencing and 3D modeling.

22 June 2016

Flying High with New Mexico Flying 40


On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Blue Skies was among many of New Mexico's technology companies that were recognized at the New Mexico Flying 40 event that was held at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo. The New Mexico Flying 40 recognizes the state's largest and fastest growing companies in the technology sector according to total revenue and percentage growth in revenues over time.

27 May 2016

Farewell Cookout for Retiring Airport Manager, Robert Uecker


Friday, May 27 Blue Skies hosted a farewell cookout in honor of retiring airport manager, Robert Uecker. Robert has served the City of Belen as airport manager for 9 years. He has been a wonderful airport manager and a true friend to Blue Skies and he will be missed.

Pictured above (left to right): Jane Lucero, Airport Development Administrator at the New Mexico Department of Transportation; Robert Uecker, retiring airport manager; Mike Provine, PE (ABQ) Vice President of Aviation Engineering at Molzen Corbin.

May 2016

Airport of the Year 2016

The Belen Alexander Municipal Airport was recognized as "Airport of the Year 2016" at the New Mexico Airport Managers Association conference that was held in Ruidoso early in May.

March 2016

2016 Projects

Blue Skies has been awarded with the USDA NRI, the USDA SLI, and the USDA Oklahoma digita SLI projects for 2016.

March 2016

Teaming up with big winners

Blue Skies is proud to be teamed with Aerotech Mapping, GeoTerra, Merrick, and Quantum Spatial for various projects.

March 2016

Blue Skies family expansion continues with two more new members

Blue Skies welcomes aboard Ethan Lacher and Lindsay Cole. Ethan is returning to Blue Skies after a summer internship in 2015. He will be filling the role of aerial systems operator. Lindsay will be acting as administrative assitant. She will provide support services to both the administration and image processing teams.


Blue Skies expands family with two new members

Blue Skies welcomes aboard Daniel Montoya and Angela Arriaga. They will be joining the team as photogrammetric scanning technicians. Daniel and Angela will be scanning and processing large-format aerial film into digital file format and processing direct-digital aerial imagery and airborne GPS data.

20 November 2015

Blue Skies Attends the Crosswind Runway Ribbon Cutting


Blue Skies attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the crosswind runway. The new runway is situated northwest to southeast, and will give pilots an alternate way to land in Belen. It is large enough to attract bigger and heavier aircraft to the airport. It is 5,280 feet long and wider than the current runway.

24 APRIL 2015

Blue Skies adds a flight test engineer to the team


Blue Skies welcomes aboard flight test engineer Mark Hardesty. Mark's expertise includes systems design and integration, precision navigation, risk mitigation to enable rapid prototyping, and product capability demonstrations.

10 APRIL 2015

Track'Air SteadyTrack LG Stabilization Mount upgrade


Blue Skies acquired a new Track'Air SteadyTrack LG sensor mount for our Cessna 206, N756JA. The mount excels at keeping the sensor level, and allows for a wide range of sensors to be mounted.

27 March 2015

New Mexico National Geographic Bee


Blue skies provided drinks, snacks, and volunteers for the New Mexico National Geographic Bee held at the National Dance Institute in Albuquerque. Lakshay Sood is the 2015 New Mexico State Champion, and will be competing in the national championship preliminary rounds on Monday, May 11th, 2015 in Washington DC.

30 OCTOBER 2014

Blue Skies hosts fall NMGIC workshop


Blue Skies hosted a workshop for the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC) fall meeting. Workshop participants were provided with lunch and a tour of the hangar. The NMGIC members were taken through our digital and film acquisition work flow from project planning to delivery.

02 May 2014

64794Y is ready to fly


Repairs, upgrades, system integration, and flight testing has been completed after a six month overhaul of Blue Skies third aircraft, a newly acquired Cessna T210 N model.

25 April 2014

Blue Skies awarded call signs by the FAA


Blue Skies has been awarded the call sign MAPR (pronounced mapper) for communication with air traffic control facilities. Blue Skies aircraft will be known as MAPR 1, MAPR 2, and MAPR 3.

21 March 2014

Blue Skies purchases new RC30 aerial film camera


Blue skies purchased the last new RC30 aerial film camera system from Leica Geosystems. According to Leica, our new RC30 aerial camera is one of the top five cameras in the United States for lens resolving power. During calibration, the USGS Optical Science Laboratory measured the cameras area-weighted average resolution at 117. Click here for the calibration report.

02 JANUARY 2014

New Mexico Rural Imagery Program


Blue Skies now offers 15-cm GSD digital aerial imagery, suitable for both mapping in stereo coverage and for orthophoto production of rural areas.

14 October 2013

Blue Skies purchases Cessna 210 Camera Platform

N6479Y is a 1981 turbo-charged Cessna T210 "N" model equipped for large-format aerial photography and remote sensing applications.


11 APRIL 2012

Blue Skies acquires New Mexico Aerial Surveys

Blue Skies Consulting LLC in Belen has acquired the personnel, equipment and accounts of New Mexico Aerial Surveys Inc. in Albuquerque.

06 NOVEMBER 2012

Blue Skies Consulting: "I Fly UltraCam!"

Microsoft UltraCam Network

12 APRIL 2012

UltraCam Customer, Blue Skies Consulting, Expands Operations

Microsoft UltraCam Network

11 APRIL 2012

Blue Skies Consulting acquires New Mexico Aerial Surveys

New Mexico Business Weekly

10 APRIL 2012

Aerial Photo Business Acquired

Albuquerque Journal

02 MARCH 2012

Article on Blue Skies Consulting, LLC

Professional Surveyor Magazine

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Blue Skies Consulting Goes Digital with UltraCamLp

Microsoft UltraCam Network


Local Business, Blue Skies Consulting LLC, goes green

Valencia County News-Bulletin


Belen Business Gets Solar Grant

Albuquerque Journal

28 APRIL 2011

Blue Skies welcomes US Senator Tom Udall for a Visit

Valencia County News-Bulletin

28 APRIL 2011

Senator Udall Office Visit

Blue Skies Consulting


Blue Skies Completes Hangar Build-out

Blue Skies Consulting

15 MARCH 2004

Blue Skies Moves Into Its New Hangar

Blue Skies Consulting

23 FEBRUARY 2004

Blue Skies Consulting Photographs Country From Above

Albuquerque Journal

04 JULY 2003

Flying High

New Mexico Business Weekly

16 June 2003

Blue Skies Wins 2003 Honor From the USDA

Albuquerque Journal

12 JUNE 2003

Albuquerque company gets top USDA small-business honor

New Mexico Business Weekly


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