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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    “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
    “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
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “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
    “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
    “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
    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
    “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
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “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
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