Fond memories of frequently going to the airport with his dad, highlighted by occasional scenic flights in a C172 were big influences on our Quality Assurance Manager and Assistant Chief Inspector Mark Pied, leading to his decision to focus on a career in aviation. In 1991, right from high school, Mark enrolled at NHTC, where he later earned his associate’s degree in Aviation Technology. He began his career in commercial aviation in 1993 as an airframe and powerplant technician.
In May of 2004, Mark found his home at Atlas Aircraft Center (AAC). He has since achieved his Inspection Authorization from the FAA. Mark is an incredible mechanic, a good friend to all who meet him, and the father of a beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Amanda.
When Mark isn’t at work managing the Quality Control Department, you can find him out on the trails riding his Honda CRF 450 (dirt bike), on the roads riding his red Buell (xb12S) motorcycle, or flying his electric and nitro powered model helicopters or planes, some with a wingspan of up to 5 feet in diameter!
Mark has been flying model airplanes since he was 8, but just four years ago, he decided helicopters would be a fun new challenge. Mark tries to fly a few times a week, even after working with aircraft all week long, which is a clear sign he loves aviation!
Mark joined the “Academy of Model Aeronautics” as a predecessor to being part of two local associations— NH Flying Tigers, in Derry, NH, and Southern NH Radio Controlled Club, in Hudson, NH. Mark’s hobby also gives him a chance to meet others and talk about flying, another perk of aviation he really enjoys.