Your First Aircraft Dispatching Job and What to Expect

To become an aircraft dispatcher you must go through extensive training. Here at Sheffield School of Aeronautics, we believe in providing the very best quality when it comes to pursuing a career in aviation. To start, we train our students to meet FAA standards, where they go through courses of different lengths, depending on their needs. After your completion of the program at our dispatcher school, we help each and every one of our graduates in the job field.

What can you expect on your first job as an aircraft dispatcher? Why is being an aircraft dispatcher a great profession to have?

Why You Should Become an Aircraft Dispatcher

Being an aircraft dispatcher is great profession to have, and it can lead you to many other opportunities in the aeronautics field in the future. To start, all you need is a certificate in flight dispatching and the rest is history. Each day is different, considering there is always something new and exciting happening in the aviation field. You get to improve the safety of each flight every day.

Being an airline dispatcher gives you the chance to have a job that rewards you with different opportunities, as well as an exciting work environment. An aircraft dispatcher’s salary and the bonuses they make are all worth the job it takes. In addition to this, many aircraft dispatchers get dental, paid holidays, time off, and reduced travel fare.


 What You Can Expect As An Aircraft Dispatcher

Sharing Operations

As an aircraft dispatcher, you share the operations control with the pilot. You will need to be able to handle stress if a problem arises, as well as make great decisions when talking to the pilot while they’re flying.

Working with Others

You and the captain must agree on things. Working well others is a big part of the job in the aviation field. You can expect to use your communication skills every day. You must also be aware of what the best decision is, in terms of safety for that airplane. Every airline has different schedules, so you might have night shifts when you first start out. It’s important to be prepared to work through the night.


Stress comes with any job in the aviation field, so there will be situations that might make you feel like you are under pressure. Going to the right aeronautics school, like our Sheffield School of Aeronautics, we train you to deal with these stressors so the pressure isn’t a factor.

Maintaining Control

You can expect having control over cancelling or delaying flights. You have to produce flight paths for the airlines, considering things like fuel, weather, and maintenance issues. You will have to ensure that each aircraft is properly equipped and well-maintained, not to mention monitoring the progress of each and every flight.


Enrolling at our dispatching school here at Sheffield School of Aeronautics is chance to have a great career in aviation, where you’ve had the opportunity to learn from the very best instructors in the field. We work hard with our students. Each person who graduates from Sheffield goes on to do something extraordinary in the field of aviation. Contact us if you have any other question or would like to learn more about our other programs and courses we offer.

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    “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
    “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
    “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.
    “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
    “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 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
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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 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
    “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
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