The Awesome History of Aircraft Dispatch

At Sheffield, the Fort Lauderdale aircraft dispatch school, the instructors can prepare you for all the exams and certifications you need to become an aircraft dispatcher. The history of aircraft dispatch itself will not be on the midterm, but any passionate dispatcher would find the history of the craft as fascinating as it is. Of course this is not a chicken or the egg parable. Flight and aircraft definitely came first. There was no well-trained and skilled aircraft dispatcher warning Wilbur and Orville Wright of the turbulent weather they would experience at 20 feet above the ground.

These days the planes are a lot bigger, a lot heavier, and filled with a lot more people. Thousands of planes are in the air as you read this. Buzzing around at thousands of feet above the ground; taking people to important places or just on holiday. Keeping those planes in the air are a system of checks, balances, and most importantly, some really talented, professional, and passionate individuals who have decided to make a career out of thin air… so to speak. All of them went through rigorous training at an aircraft dispatch school, like Sheffield, School of Aeronautics.

But the very prestigious and important work that aircraft dispatchers do today all stems from humble beginnings. As with any industry, the starting point for aeronautics in general was a bit of a lawless chaos; imagine a Mad Max or Hunger Games of the sky. There were no rules or regulations, you just cranked up the propeller and hit the skies while trying not to hit other planes. Talk about winging it. More aeronautic puns to come, strap in.

Around the roaring 20’s when people began to use planes as a much more serious form of transportation, the US postal Service started using radio stations along air transportation routes. The Air Mail Act passed in 1925 and gave the post office the power to contract with airlines to carry the mail. So these postal workers began chatting to the pilots; giving them updates on the weather and providing some assistance in navigation. It wasn’t exactly what you would call high tech. It was a very basic form of communication that barely bordered on making any difference in safety. But it was the first.

Aircraft dispatch schools weren’t rushing to open up just yet. It wasn’t until 1938 that the famous Civil Aeronautics Act was passed which finally mandated some simple forms of safety. Strict rules were put into place to make the skies a little less chaotic and a little friendlier and safe. This is when the first aircraft dispatcher certification came into existence. There was a new airman in town and he was there to make your flight a lot safer and increase the chance of arriving at your destination with all ten fingers and all ten toes.

This fantastic history was brought to you by the air men and women at Sheffield School of Aeronautics. Love what you do and do what you love. Get certified in aircraft dispatch and join the legends and the history of safety in the skies!

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    “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
    “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.
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “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
    “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
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ – Student Testimonial
    “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
    “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
    “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 ;)
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