Boost Your Dispatch Career With Additional Courses and Training

If you are a prospective Aircraft Dispatcher student, but want to accelerate your career opportunities, you may want to consider enrolling in additional courses. By increasing your knowledge, you may find yourself with more interview doors opening leading to a job with at an international air carrier. This decision may affect the direction of your career.

Advanced International Flight Planning

One of the easiest ways to increase your employability and chances of working internationally is to complete an advanced international flight planning course. While the curriculum and course topics will differ from school to school, they commonly include the following:

  • Abbreviations and definitions for international vocabulary
  • Q-NOTAM and SNOTAM codes
  • Basic planning with routing applications
  • Advanced planning with routing applications
  • North Atlantic track planning
  • World geography
  • International climatology and meteorology
  • Manual flight planning using historical deviations and wind patterns
  • Oceanic procedures for Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic planning

By completing this course, you may even find that some airlines will waive or reduce any experience prerequisites.

Enhanced Weather Information Systems (EWINS)

Another training to consider is enhanced weather information systems training; basically, advanced weather including forecasting. Classes offered as part of this training will enable you to increase your ability to predict weather. You can also become more knowledgeable in understanding how these systems work and what they mean for airline operational control. The main topics typically covered in these classes include climatology, weather data sources, atmospheric dynamics, weather charts and atmosphere models, severe weather, forecasting and radar.

Under the climatology course you will learn about climate controls and elements as well as statistic terms and air masses. The atmospheric dynamics segment will teach about the structure of the atmosphere, air pressure, weather fronts, local weather patterns and the balance and transfer of heat.

After completing these courses you will have the knowledge to predict, analyze and present weather and climate features that can impact the safety of any airline’s flight path.

Extended Operations Courses (ETOPS)

These courses are intended for those interested in piloting aircraft over oceans or very desolate areas. These trainings often include trainings on critical fuel requirements, equal time points, hypothetical routes and scenarios, diversion plans, the selecting and authorization of routes, and computerized plans for extended operations.

Completing this one-day course may also help open more interview doors leading to employment in an exciting, challenging and evolving sector of the flight world. However, it is important that you take these (workshop-like) courses that are led by instructors, as no computer can replace their skills and knowledge.

Extending your knowledge base and increasing your opportunities for a wider career field is a great option if you are ready to challenge yourself while learning more about the exciting field of aviation. 

 

 

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