Mike Peter’s AvTek is celebrating 25 years of developing and producing a variety of aviation products, including pulsing landing lights, door seals, standby electrical systems, panel lighting, electric system alert warning meters and more.
Founded in 1983 as Sammamish Valley Avionics in Redmond, Wash., Peter changed the company’s name to AvTek in 1991.
He has been involved in aviation since his days in the U.S. Army as a crew member in a helicopter attack division. He served in Southeast Asia from 1969 to 1972.
Peter started designing and selling electronic devices in the early 1970s. He earned his private pilot’s certificate 25 years ago, saying it allowed him to better understand the problems pilots encounter. In the early 1980s he came up with pulsing landing lights that earned FAA approval.
Recognizing the pressures on aviation in 1996, Peter accepted a position in engineering with Boeing, but continues to provide customer service to the thousands of pilots who operate the equipment he designed and developed. “I just couldn’t abandon my loyal customer base,” he said.
Even as he works full-time for the aerospace giant, he continues developing new general aviation products, as well as improving items he designed years ago.