Summer is Great for Travelers, but Annoying for Aircraft Dispatchers

Summer is the best season of the year, especially after a brutal winter and scattered spring. When summer rolls around, the weather is typically clear skies and sunny all day. At least, that is what we can hope for.

For the flight crew in the sky and the aircraft dispatchers down below, summer is not all rainbows and butterflies. Summer can actually bring dangerous weather conditions that are not ideal for airline employees who are trying to make sure aircraft depart and land as safely as possible.

In Fort Lauderdale Florida, where Sheffield School of Aeronautics is based, the summer thunderstorms are a daily nuisance. It goes without saying, that thunderstorms are a great threat to flights. Summer storms in South Florida are known for being spontaneous and having heavy lightning storms that are very hazardous. Aircraft dispatchers in Florida must be on their toes throughout the summer months, in order to foresee a storm or act accordingly when one arises.

As an aircraft dispatcher, it is important to know thunderstorms inside and out. Thunderstorms require three things:

  1. Lift
  2. Moisture
  3. Atmospheric Instability

Thunderstorms need moist air to be lifted to saturation. The air lifted must be moist in order for the air to condense into the clouds. Then, there is atmospheric instability; which basically entails that the condensed air continues to rise. The atmospheric instability becomes more unstable the more the temperature decreases with altitude.

Although South Florida is a region prone to summer storms, it is not the only location across the United States that experiences summer thunderstorms.

There are other weather patterns that occur over the summer months that are known as air mass storms. These storms are threatening to aircraft because they may cause intense surface heating. Air mass storms are developed during the peak heat in the afternoon and diminish as the sun sets.

There are a number of factors that the aircraft dispatchers must take into account from the time they clock in until the time they leave. Before every flight, dispatchers obtain weather conditions and resolve questions before hand. With erratic weather patterns and unforeseeable events, flight dispatchers and other aircraft employees must be well trained. At Sheffield School of Aeronautics, flight dispatchers graduate feeling well prepared and confident in their work.

Looking to learn more about aircraft dispatching?

You have come to the right place! Sheffield School of Aeronautics has been one of the leading flight dispatcher schools from the start, producing top-of-the-line dispatchers with successful careers ahead of them. Call or visit Sheffield online today, and find out about their upcoming class schedule. Sheffield provides a number of classes, every quarter that will surely work with your schedule. Become a qualified aircraft dispatcher today and have a brighter future tomorrow!

  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Testimonials

    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “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
    “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
    “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 ;)
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “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
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “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
    “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 a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “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
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect