qualities of best Aircraft Dispatchers

Qualities of the Best Aircraft Dispatchers

Being an aircraft dispatcher is certainly not a walk in the
park. It takes a person with the right personality traits and strengths to not
only do well in the job but also enjoy it. If you are thinking about pursuing a
career as an aircraft dispatcher and getting your FAA dispatch license, you may
first want to determine if your personality is a good fit for the job. At
Sheffield School of Aeronautics, we are a flight dispatcher school that wants
to not only see our students succeed but also enjoy themselves along the way.

Important Aircraft Dispatcher Personality Traits

As one of the oldest aircraft dispatcher
schools in the world
, we see people of all backgrounds and
personalities go through our dispatcher program. While all have the ability to
be successful, there are some consistent aircraft dispatcher personality traits
that make up the qualities of the best aircraft dispatchers.


A good aircraft dispatcher must be organized in order to
succeed. Aircraft dispatchers are responsible for most of the pre-flight
preparations and creating a full, comprehensive flight plan. Often times, crew
members and even the pilots follow their lead. The job also requires you to
fill out a lot of different detailed paperwork. If you are not organized, you
will neglect to successfully complete your responsibilities and your paperwork.
Your lack of organization could translate to chaos on a flight.


Similar to being organized, being detailed-oriented is
another common quality of the best aircraft dispatchers. A person who is
detail-oriented will be able to create a complete and satisfactory flight plan
that takes all of the different factors into account. Paying attention to
details will also help an aircraft dispatcher complete the required paperwork

Good Communication Skills

Because you are constantly communicating between pilots and
flight controllers, communication should be one of your strengths. Not only
should you be able to effectively communicate what you need, but also you
should be good at active listening. Selective hearing on this job could lead to
dangerous situations. 

Calm Under Pressure

As an aircraft dispatcher, there are times when you will
have to juggle multiple flights at once. You may need to switch back and forth
between flights and will constantly face strict deadlines. If you let the
pressure get the best of you, you are certain to start making what could become
costly mistakes.

Of course, this list is not all inclusive, but if you think
you possess a lot of these personality traits, then flight dispatcher school
may be for you. Even if you think you have room for improvement in these areas,
that’s what training is for. Contact Sheffield School of Aeronautics to learn
more about getting started on your path to becoming an aircraft

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