Captain Bill Couette, Vice-President–Administration/Secretary

Captain William Russell “Bill” Couette (American Eagle) is serving his second term as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary. He performs a comprehensive list of duties, including executing the policies of the Association’s governing bodies and acting as custodian for all ALPA documents, contracts, leases, property deeds, and general records. He also oversees the Association’s membership programs as well as all union voting and election procedures.

“I’ve spent most of my career helping pilots at many different levels of our union,” said Captain Couette, in a statement following his reelection at the 43rd ALPA Board of Directors meeting. “Assisting them is where I get my greatest reward, as we work together toward the shared goal of advancing the airline piloting profession.”

The vice president–administration/secretary is a five-time elected local council representative, having served until the end of 2006 as the American Eagle Local Executive Council 133 chairman in Chicago. He acted as Strike Oversight Board representative for the Atlantic Southeast and Skyway pilots, and has also served as an ALPA negotiator, organizer, and merger representative. Captain Couette is currently an EMB-145 captain.

Captain Couette attended St. Cloud State University, graduating in August 1987 with a BS in aviation technology with a professional flight emphasis. He is originally from Maple Lake, Minn., where his mother, Celette, still resides. His deceased father, Russell, a former member of IBEW Local 160, passed on to Captain Couette a deeply held belief in the importance of a strong, unified union.