Peter Bunniss started his career in aviation as a student apprentice with the British Aircraft Corporation at Filton Bristol, working on prototype Concorde design and test. Following his apprenticeship he went to Cranfield Institute of Technology to study aircraft design.
After completing his Masters Degree he worked for British Aerospace (London and Bristol) on the BAe Hawk and Harrier aircraft. In 1979 he joined M L Aviation to help set up a newly formed Rotary Wing Design department which, along with numerous feasibility studies for the MOD, culminated in the development of the “Sprite” remotely piloted helicopter.
In 1987 Peter joined the Department of Aeronautical (later renamed Aerospace) Engineering at Bristol University as Research Fellow in rotary wing aerodynamics. In 1999 this became the Westland (now AgustaWestland) Research Fellow and Peter now spends half his time at the Westland site in Yeovil. In November 2000 Peter formed Rotary Wing Innovations Limited, a university spinout company, to undertake the design and manufacture of a “third generation” autogyro.
Peter is also the module leader for two short courses on helicopter design which run annually within the Bristol and West of England Consortium for Continuing Professional Development in Aerospace (CPDA).