Captain Bill Couette, Vice President–Administration/Secretary
Captain William Russell “Bill” Couette (Envoy) was elected to his fourth consecutive term as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary on Oct. 17, 2018, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His current term began on Jan. 1, 2019.
As vice president–administration/secretary, Captain Couette executes the policies of the Association’s governing bodies and acts as custodian for all ALPA documents, contracts, leases, property deeds, and general records. He also oversees ALPA’s membership programs and serves as an ex officio member of the Association’s Election and Ballot Certification Board.
Among his responsibilities, Captain Couette spearheads the union’s Professional Development Group, harmonizing the actions of the ALPA Education, Leadership, and Membership Committees to aid and support union members throughout their professional careers, from recruitment to retirement. In conjunction with these duties, Captain Couette also administers the ALPA President’s Committee for Diversity, established to ensure the Association promotes diversity and inclusivity in all its educational outreach efforts.
While serving as vice president–administration/secretary, Captain Couette is responsible for fairly administering numerous procedures under ALPA’s Constitution and By-Laws and Administrative Manual. He has also worked with the ALPA Merger Policy Review Committee to determine how to best protect pilot interests when airlines merge. He participated in ALPA’s representational organizing campaigns for the pilots of Continental Airlines and FedEx Express. He also acted as Strike Oversight Board representative for the Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Skyway Airlines pilots.
As an Envoy Air, American Eagle, and Simmons Airlines pilot, he held important ALPA leadership posts including his status as a five-time elected local executive council officer and a System Board of Adjustment member.
Based in Chicago, Ill., Captain Couette flies the EMB-145 for Envoy Air. He earned a BS in aviation technology with a professional flight minor from St. Cloud State University. His deceased father, Russell, a former member of IBEW Local 160, passed onto him a deeply held belief in the importance of a strong, unified union.