How to Become an Airline Dispatcher

how to become an aircraft dispatcher

Most people don’t know what an Aircraft dispatcher does on a day to day basis. Aircraft dispatchers are responsible for the safety of incoming and outgoing flights. Along with the captain, they coordinate the safe takeoff and landing of the plane, as well as work to ensure that all other safety procedures and regulations are observed. Anytime you take a flight and land on time, it is largely due in part to the dispatcher performing his job and assisting the flight crew with navigating the best route.

Airline dispatchers aren’t just limited to commercial and private airlines however. The military employs airline dispatchers as well, making them among the most well trained and knowledgeable members of the airline industry. Airline dispatchers are often sought out for their expertise and often become pilots.

 

Airline Dispatcher Responsibilities

Some of the responsibilities of an aircraft dispatcher include:

  • Monitoring weather conditions and deducing the ideal flight plan for the safe landing of commercial flights.
  • Overseeing the scheduling of all flights and determining if any flights need to be canceled or delayed for any reason.
  • Communicating with the captain and updating him/her with any developments in weather conditions or other situations that may affect the flight.
  • Rerouting aircraft if an event occurs that may prevent the safe landing of a flight or if a faster route is available.
  • Making sure that each plane is equipped with the necessary personnel, equipment and receives maintenance when needed.
  • Determining the best course of action during an emergency using FAA procedures and regulations.

High paying airline jobs are available. To apply for an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certification, contact Sheffield Aviation School today. The age requirement of 23 is the same for both the Aircraft Dispatcher and the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

 

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