TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE Cote says the greatest challenge facing our industry is attracting experienced technicians. “The shortage of young people opting to enter our industry as technicians or mechanics continues to be a big problem,” he says.

Capability and capacity is also a

problem and it’s a situation that will become even more evident when the ADS-B compliance deadline arrives Jan. 1, 2020. Eight years ago, Congress encouraged the Federal Aviation Administration to require all planes to be outfi tted with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology that alerts air traffi c controllers and other aircraft to the plane’s precise location. The existing 80-year-old land- based radar tracking systems are too

antiquated to gauge separation above, below and beside other aircraft. The ADS-B mandate will essentially ground all aircraft not equipped with the ADS-B system by 2020. To meet the deadline, more than

160 business jets have to be upgraded every month, Cote explains. However, capacity for service technicians and very slow industry adoption has resulted in around only 70 jets to be updated per month. “Some people will be grounded in 2020 because the FAA has made it very clear the deadline will not be extended,” he adds. “People need to be proactive today.” Regardless it is another challenge that can be overcome, and Duncan Aviation has been active in industry education regarding rules and timelines for compliance, says Cote.

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LEAVING A COMFORT ZONE Organization has been Cote’s key to success at every level of his career. It’s essential that important tasks don’t languish without being addressed, he notes. “It’s also important that people actually do what they say they’re going to do,” he explains. “It sounds so simple, but it’s diffi cult to carry out on a consistent basis.”


PAYING IT FORWARD Now having responsibility for approximately 300 team members, Cote has no plans to leave the company he has called home for 30 years.

“I have a fantastic team. Not only

do they make me look good, they make my job so much easier to do. It is a privilege to help them succeed in their own careers,” he says. Of all he has accomplished in three decades with the company, Cote is most proud of his team’s work on the completion program. “It was a fantastic experience from

my perspective,” he explains. “The aircraft would be fl own to us with nothing but green primer on the skin. We would complete interior modifi cations requested by the customer, paint it and return it either to the OEM or its end customer. It was very rewarding.” However, the most fruitful aspect of Cote’s career has been watching people he has worked with become successful in their own right. “Watching their impressive growth has been gratifying,” he says. “They’ve helped take the company to a new level.”

Cote knows that he can’t

personally pay back all the people who invested time and attention into his career; that’s why he feels compelled to pay it forward.


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