About Sheffield School of Aeronautics

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Sheffield School of Aeronautics is one of the oldest aviation training institutions in the USA. It is the oldest, most experienced FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher school in the world and has been in continuous existence since 1948. In fact, Sheffield School has been training Aircraft Dispatchers longer than its top five competitors combined!

“The original and the best!” P.J. (December 16, 2023)

Since the school has been in existence for 75 years, our graduates are working for most every major domestic and foreign air carrier in the world. Many of these airlines call us directly when they need qualified dispatchers.

Due to our reputation in the aviation industry, we are recommended by such companies as: Delta, United, KLM, American, Virgin Australia, Cayman Airways, Shanghai/China Eastern, ExpressJet, Federal Express, UPS, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Technologies, Mobil Oil, Gulf Air, Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Mesaba, Horizon, American TransAir, and many others for Aircraft Dispatcher training. In fact, there are many companies which have told us they will hire only Sheffield graduates as dispatchers. But don’t take our word for it…read what our Graduates say about the training they received while attending Sheffield School.

The school was founded Wilbur A. Sheffield in 1948. Since 1971, the traditions of Mr. Sheffield have been carried on by Ron Morris and his family. Sheffield School of Aeronautics was relocated from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale on July 1, 1986.

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  • The World’s First Aircraft Dispatch School
  • First CAA Approved Dispatch School in the World
  • First FAA Approved Dispatch School in the World
  • First School Authorized to Issue Visas to Foreign Students
  • First School Contracted for Training by the CAA, ICAO, and FAA
  • First Training Program for Reciprocating/Turbojet/Turboprop Aircraft First School to have FAA Designated Examiners on Staff
  • First use of Computerized Flight Planning/Meteorology in House
  • First School contracted by a Foreign Carrier to Conduct Initial Dispatch Training
  • First School contracted by a Fortune 500 Company to Conduct Initial Dispatch Training
  • First School contracted by a Major Air Carrier to Conduct Certification Dispatch Training
  • First School to Introduce ETOPS Training First School to Introduce Advanced International
  • Flight Planning First use of Simulation Devices for Dispatch Training
  • First use of Aircraft Situation Display for Dispatch Training
  • First Airline Dispatcher School to Introduce Advanced Weather (EWINS) training
  • First School to provide onsite contract training for the United States Air Force
  • First School to provide FREE online FAA ADX Knowledge Test preparation
  • First School to provide FREE iPhone app
  • First School to provide an iOS/Apple & Android ADX Test prep app
  • First School to provide FREE in-classroom & online refresher/recurrent training for it’s graduates!

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Our Customers


Sheffield School of Aeronautics have trained several thousand individuals for the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate since 1948. These students are independent and are looking to continue their education and change their careers owed to their love of aviation. Read some of the testimonials to understand what Sheffield is all about.


We have provided more FAA and ICAO-sponsored training than any other school in the U.S.

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Airline Customers & Photo Gallery below:

Many airlines try to hire Sheffield graduates only. Well informed airlines prefer our graduates due to their comprehensive education attained in a rigorous course. The reasons are simple: time and money. Once a graduate is hired by an airline, their learning process continues. Airlines do not have the resources to retrain unqualified individuals who have been handed a license without earning the license. Scroll to a list of our customers. We have had students from a variety of airlines attend our school. They were sent by their company or came independently. Here is a partial list of those companies including any airline that has used Sheffield for ab initio (certification), initial, transition, or recurrent training. If you notice your company or organization missing, please let me know and I will insert the name. Thank you.

  • Delta Air Lines – visit the Delta Operational Control Center
  • United Airlines – (most recent onsite training October 2016)
  • United States Air Force – Military Operational Control training provided by Sheffield
  • Pacific Air Forces
  • United States Army
  • United States Marines
  • United States Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • International Civil Aviation Organization

Abu Dhabi Aviation – ABX Air – Aerogem Aviation – Aero Asia – Air Adriatic (Croatia) – Air Alps – Air Aruba – Air Atlanta (Iceland) –

Air Berlin – Air Cargo Germany – Air Dolomiti – Air Europe – Air Evac – AirFirst – Air Greenland – Air Hamburg – Air Italy – Air Jamaica – Airline Training Academy – Air Services, Inc.

– AirTran – Alaska Airlines – Alliance Air – Aloha Airlines – Aloha Island – American Eagle (Executive Airlines) – Alpha Flying, Inc. – American International – American Trans Air – America West – Amerijet – AeroGem Aviation – Aero-Lloyd (Germany) – Aramco – Arctic Circle Air – ARINC Direct – Atlantic Coast Airlines – Atlantic Southeast Airlines – Avianca

Bahamas Air – Bex Air – Big Sky Airlines – Britannia Airways LTD. – Business Express – BWIA International Airways LTD

Caicos Express Airways – Cape Air – Carnival – Caribbean Star – Cayman Airways – Chautauqua – China Eastern Airlines – China Southern Airlines – take a tour!/slides from one class (links soon) – Cirrus (Group) Airlines (Germany) – Civil Aviation Division (Trinidad/Tobago) – Colgan Air – Comair – Comair Jet Express – CommutAir – Comcast – Compass Airlines – Continental Airlines – Continental Express – Corporate Airlines – Croatia Airlines – CTK CityLink

DaimlerChrysler/DC Aviation – Delta Air Lines – DHL-Bahrain – DHL Air Ltd. (U.K.) – Dynamic Aviation

EAA European Air Ambulance EWIV – EasyJet – Eclipse Aviation – Emery – Emirates Airlines – Endeavor Air – Etihad Airways – Eurofly

– European Air Ambulance  (Leipzig, Germany) – European Air Transport –  Everts Air Cargo – Executive Airlines

 Falcon Air Express – Federal Express – Flugfélag – Ford Motor Company – Fraport (Frankfurt Flughafen A.G.)

Gambia International Airlines – GB Airways Ltd. – General Motors – Ghana Airways LTD. – Ghana Civil Aviation Organization –  GlobeAir AG – GoJet – Great Lakes Aviation – Grupo TACA – Gulf Air – Gulfstream International

Hallmark Aviation – Hamburg Internationals – Hapag-Lloyd (Germany) – Horizon Airlines

Iceland Air – IKAR Aero

JetBlue – JMC Airlines (formerly Flying Colours; from 03/03: Thomas Cook Airlines) – JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Kabo Air, Ltd. – Kitty Hawk – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – Sheffield visits Amsterdam! (link soon) – Korean Air

LIAT – LAN Airlines – Landover Aviation Company – Livingston Energy Flight (Milan, Italy) – Lockheed Martin – Luftansa – Lynx

Mesaba – MHS Aviation (Germany) – MIAT Mongolian Airlines – Midwest Airlines – Midwest Express – Mountain West – MyTravel Airways

Nigerian Airways – Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

Nordwind – Northrop Grumman – Northwest Airlink

Pace Airlines – PegasFly – Pentastar – Piedmont – Pinnacle Airlines – PSA

Qatar Airways

Raytheon – Roanair – Royal Flight Oman

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Norge AS [formerly SAS Braathens AS (Norway)] – Saudi Arabian Airlines – Servisair LTD – Shanghai Airlines – SilkWay Airlines (Azerbaijan) – Silver Airways – Simco Air Service – SITA – Skyplan – Skyway Airlines – SkyWest Airlines – SkyWork Airlines (Switzerland) – South African Airways – Southern Air (ETOPS Oct 2009) – Spirit Airlines – Suriname Airways – Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. (formerly Crossair Ltd.) – Swiss Private Aviation

TACV Cabo Verde – TAG Aviation – Thomas Cook – Tobago Express – TradeWinds – Transaero – Trans American Airlines – TransMediterranean Airways – Transport Canada – TWC Aviation – Tyrolean (Austria)

Uganda Air Cargo Corporation – United Airlines – US Airways – UPS

Varig Brazilian – Vueling Airlines (Spain) – Virgin Atlantic Airways – Virgin Australia – Virgin Nigeria – Volkswagen 

Westjet – Wideroe (Norway) – Wiggens Airways – Windrose – World Atlantic Airlines

Airline Customers Gallery (more loaded soon…)

International Students: Why FAA-approved at Sheffield School should be your prime objective:

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:19:26 -0700 (PDT) To: [email protected] Subject: aircraft dispatcher license conversion and ETOPS

Hi Mr. Morris,

I am licensed aircraft dispatcher having license from civil avaition (country). I am residing in (Middle East) and working in xxxxxxx airlines in ground operation. I wanted to convert my license from FAA and ETOPs certification as xxxxxxx airlines flight operations department is giving preference to those dispatcher who are holding FAA license and especially from your school. Please guide me, how can I convert my license and what will be the minimum cost (tuition + boarding and lodging fees) and how many days classroom training I require?

best regards, S.Z.

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    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “While touring my company’s dispatch department before I had my license our OCC manager pointed out that 7 of the 10 dispatchers on shift had come from Sheffield. The overall consensus was that Sheffield grads were able to hit the ground running as they were better prepared.” K.O. Sidebar K.O.
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “now that I’ve been in an indoctrination class with students from other schools, I know I made the right choice with Sheffield.”   Kindest regards,  A.R.  All schools are created equal?! yeah…sure ;)
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    ” I have received 4 (job) offers…many of the interviews I have gotten have been because of my “pedigree”…going to Sheffield. I am amazed at the respect your school has….I am honored to be a graduate. Thank you for all the work you ..!”  Testimonial – J. Ganci
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    Good afternoon Eric, I wanted to reach out to let you know that training at (airline) is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier that I chose Sheffield. My classmates, while very smart, definitely had subpar training and that has been very evident. I have waited to write a full scale review of the […] Attending Sheffield School benefits airline new hires in preparation for airline training
    “Going to Sheffield prepared me for the real world challenges of Aircraft Dispatching. I certainly believe that the method Sheffield used is one not only for success in a real world career, but also one that prepares students to correctly dispatch aircraft.” T.Z. Sidebar TZ
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “Being that half my new hire class dropped out over the course of training, I can confidently say that Sheffield helped to prepare me for the real world.” GT – abridged testimonial – school selection matters
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
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