The Life of An Aircraft Dispatcher

As an aircraft dispatcher school, we want our dispatcher program to prepare our students for not just the many responsibilities associated with being an aircraft dispatcher, but also for what comes with it – the life of an aircraft dispatcher. At Sheffield School of Aeronautics, we want to share with you all of the highs and lows of a job in aircraft dispatching.

Aircraft Dispatcher Life

The life of an aircraft dispatcher isn’t always easy or glamorous. Our aeronautics school has everything you need to know about life as an aircraft dispatcher. 

When you first start your aircraft dispatcher
career, you are at the bottom of the totem pole. Like many jobs, you need to
pay your dues. The result may be that you have to work the nightshift,
weekends, and holidays. Your schedule can vary greatly at the beginning and may
include 10-hour days. Many aircraft dispatchers just starting their career may
work for four days and then be off the next three days. Some people may like
this schedule, while others may not. As you progress through your career, you
should have a better say in your schedule and be able to enjoy more


Like most career paths, the starting salary will
not make you rich. Your aircraft dispatcher license will pay off as you
transition to bigger airline companies and end your career making almost
$200,000 dollars with numerous benefits. Some aircraft dispatchers may also
choose to transition to become a pilot.

The Rewarding Feeling

The daily aircraft dispatcher routine includes a
lot of paperwork and planning. The job itself can be chaotic and rewarding. While
some days may be stressful (you cannot control the weather), many aircraft
dispatchers enjoy knowing that they are an integral part of the flight process.
You will leave work knowing that your role is important and feel


But with the stress of the job also comes the
possibility of some great benefits. When not working, aircraft dispatchers often
have some good vacation perks like world-wide flight privileges for them and
their family, reduced or even free travel, cockpit jump seat authority, and
various travel discounts for things like hotels or rental cars. So, while you
are “grounded” for your work duties compared to pilots, you often still receive
some vacation perks.

If you think the life of an aircraft dispatcher is
for you, do not hesitate. Contact us today to get started on your flight dispatcher training.

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