The Flight Planning Checklist that every Aircraft Dispatcher Should Know

Think it’s easy to become an aircraft dispatcher? Think again! Think you know exactly what it takes? Well, do you know what a TFR is? If not, Sheffield School of Aeronautics can help!

A TFR is a Temporary Flight Restriction, and Sheffield can teach you how to determine if a TFR is necessary, which situations are appropriate for a TFR, and how to complete the TFR Request Checklist.

But before you can determine if a TFR is necessary, you have to complete a Flight Planning Checklist. Do you know what that consists of? As your job as an aircraft dispatcher, you are responsible for the safety of the pilot, all passengers, and all belongings on board. At Sheffield, this checklist will become like the back of your hand.

Below is a basic rundown of your Flight Planning Checklist:

Required Information

  1. Passenger names
  2. Passenger and baggage weights
  3. Date/time of requested flight
  4. Flight route/itinerary
  5. Chief of party
  6. Cargo information
  7. Alternate routes determined
  8. Is it a commercial or government airline?

Environmental Factors

  1. Is it a Day or Night flight?
  2. Sheffield can teach you why Day or Night matters on the type of engine
  3. Weather Conditions
  4. Terrain
  5. Density Altitude

Airport Factors

  1. Is the runway’s length adequate for the plane?
  2. Runway surface condition
  3. Lighting
  4. Fueling facilities

Dispatcher Responsibilities

  1. Brief the flight manager
  2. Relay all information to GACC

Notice that we left A LOT of information out of our list? Of course we did! We can’t give all of our tricks away! Sheffield has been leading the aircraft dispatching school industry since 1948. We know the ins and outs to aircraft dispatching and can not only give you all of the knowledge necessary for becoming an aircraft dispatcher, we can also ensure that you know it like the back of your hand before you leave, giving you confidence in your career as an aircraft dispatcher.  After all, any job should be a job that you love, and Sheffield can make you love aircraft dispatching.

Our aeronautic education specialists make learning aircraft dispatching fun, so if a career as an aircraft dispatcher is right for you, contact our FAA-Accredited school today and start having fun earning the proper certification that will send you to the clouds and back!

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