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Mark Peters
Owner and Accountable Manager


BS., MS.  Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University

At Bay Avionics, Mark serves as the accountable manager for the organization and directly supervises all work performed. Mark manages the office and is the point of contact for all job estimates, quotes and other Bay Avionics Business.   Send Mark an email at:  

Mark works on the shop floor next to his staff and handles the CAD work for instrument panel design and development.  He test-flies most aircraft before they leave the shop to insure proper function of the avionics systems and overall job quality. His engineering background gives him special insight into complex problems and enables him to develop unique solutions to serve customer needs. 

Ronnie Culpepper
Installation Specialist


Ronnie has worked for Bay Avionics since 1990 and has an extensive background in both modern and legacy avionics systems.  He is highly skilled at troubleshooting and servicing all types of systems.  Due to his background, he is especially adept at integrating modern equipment with legacy systems.  Ronnie can support both simple and complex avionics packages, but he always prefers to rewire and rebuild panels from the ground up. Ronnie trains other technicians in proper installation and maintenance procedures and has become an avionics icon within the Hampton Roads general aviation community.

Owner Bio:

Mark Peters has an extensive background in aeronautics and general aviation. He is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Aeronautics where he earned both a bachelors and masters degree in aerospace engineering with a focus on aircraft flight mechanics and control system design.

 As a graduate student, he served as the teaching assistant for both the sophomore and senior level aircraft design classes, and performed handling qualities research using small unmanned aircraft (MPX-5) of his own design. He started his engineering career in Northern California where he performed work for the NASA Ames research center and the FAA Technical Center.  During this time he also went to vocational school in the evenings to earn his A&P license at the Palo Alto Adult School. He subsequently taught basic electricity and mathematics at the same school. 

Mark at Reid Hillview Airport (KRHV) with an engine he installed on a C-172 as a freshly minted A&P

As part of the research, full cockpit simulator, built from the fuselage of a C-182 was constructed for preliminary testing. 

He  earned his first airman certificate at a small grass air-strip in rural Indiana in the early 1990s and subsequently earned his commercial/Instrument and multiengine ratings.  He purchased his first aircraft in 1999, shortly after earning his A&P license, and has owned 8 aircraft over the last 23 years. He currently owns three aircraft and has accumulated 3500 flight hours. 

Mark still works as an engineer and currently is under contract with the DoD and NASA on various assigments.

Mark as a Purdue Graduate Student with one of his MPX-5 test aircraft

 Mark developed an interest in avionics systems as part of his involvement with the NASA AGATE (Advanced General Aviation Technology Experiments) and SATS (Small Aircraft Transportation Systems) programs, and ultimately moved to Virginia to support these efforts at the NASA Langley Research center.  After SATS, he  worked on a three-man team to develop an experimental autopilot for FAA envelope protection research. He designed and wrote the software for the autopilot and supported the installation of the system in the test aircraft.

Simulator developed under FAA contract for Envelope Protection Resarch

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