Advisory Council Member
Demonstration Pilot and Air Safety Investigator
Council Member since 2020
Étienne Côté has been involved with the aviation industry at multiple levels. He began his aviation career as a Flight Attendant for a major carrier at the age of 18. He soon completed his pilot licenses and aviation degree and eventually started flying business jets in the corporate aviation world. In addition to his pilot duties, Côté has acquired very diverse experience in roles such as Line and ground operation, Airport Manager, Training Captain, and Manager of Training. He has also owned his own training and consulting company.
Côté started with Bombardier in 2007 as an Instructor/Pilot and has also served as a Customer Liaison Pilot for seven (7) years, and later as a Production Test Pilot. He more recently joined Bombardier’s Demonstration group in early 2020. He has always been an advocate for a better understanding and inclusion of Human Factors with regards to cockpit operation and procedure design. As such, he has led Bombardier’s checklist initiative in an effort to align the procedure design with the challenges and realities faced by business aircraft pilots in live operations.
Côté has also completed the Aircraft Accident Investigator training with the NTSB and supports the Bombardier Air Safety Investigation Office as an auxiliary investigator.