Recurrent (refresher) Training

June 6-10 class is no longer scheduled – revisit this page for updates.

For  Sheffield & non-Sheffield FAA Aircraft Dispatcher graduates.

If you’re looking to jump-start your career as an aircraft dispatcher, or review your certification subject matter and more, our aviation school in South Florida offers a 5-day aircraft dispatcher recurrent training course for Sheffield and non-Sheffield graduates. 

Due to requests from Sheffield grads and non-Sheffield certificated dispatchers, we began a recurrent 5-day (in classroom) course in May 2021 and plan to offer another 1-2 classes per year. Monitor this web page, or email us, for updates. All class confirmations will be made 30 days before the scheduled class start date.

The following email was recently sent to us and an example of what we receive here every 1-2 weeks. These emails are usually followed by a phone call pleading for help. Most pleas for help come from Texas, parts of Florida, Ohio/Kentucky, and the Northeast U.S..

Good Evening Mr. Morris,

My name is (xxx xxx) and I work at Southwest Airlines (SWA). I had enrolled at Sheffield a year ago to do my dispatch course….but, (over time) I had moved to Denver and I ended up doing my dispatcher course at (a school in Colorado). BIG MISTAKE. A costly mistake I feel. I did not feel confident enough to go take a test at SWA or for that matter any other airline. When I speak with fellow dispatchers, there is no doubt that Sheffield graduates are the best in every way.

Sheffield really has a great value and input and your students fare extremely well at the tests given anywhere in the world. Your school provides no doubt – it’s like going to MIT or Harvard.

I want your help and guidance to prepare me to be confident and take up an exam with any airline. I just don’t feel I learnt much at my earlier school. Somehow your graduates that I have encountered have vast (greater) knowledge I feel. So now that I have a namesake license “that’s what I call it.” I want to do it all over again at your prestigious school so I can be well prepared. Please guide me. 

Please guide me and help me achieve my dream career. I humbly agree I made a huge mistake of my choices and kindly request you and your team to help me achieve this goal.

Warm Regards

W.A.

This is not a “recertification” course as some others advertise – (there is no such thing as a recertification course for a certificate that does not expire), and this is not some way to squeeze more dollars from our own grads (the cost is $0.00 for Sheffield grads, and $1,500 for non-Sheffield-trained holders of the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certificate.) We are also not offering a ‘free’ course, yet charging a ‘$500 application’ fee or some other hidden fee to our graduates. That is blatantly misleading and dishonest.
 
General course outline is below. If interested, please email morris@sheffield.com.

Prerequisites for our 5-day aircraft dispatcher recurrent course:

  • Must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Must have ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must have an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate or international equivalent and/or experience.

2022 Course Fees

  • Registration/Application Fee: $0.00 for all applying students.
  • Tuition: $0.00 for Sheffield graduates; $1,500.00 for non-Sheffield graduates

2022 Tuition includes:

  • A comprehensive “greatest hits” of Part 65 Appendix A Subject matter, airline OPSPECs exemptions, and odd real-life teaching scenarios, as well as any supplies, including downloadable textbook sections and subject matter. (A laptop or tablet is required. Please bring one or both; otherwise, printing charges will be incurred.)
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June 28, 2022

“Eric, I owe a lot to Sheffield and to you for where I am today, actually – the foundation I learned at the school has served me well! Whenever I’m asked about where I went to get my license I never hesitate to sing Sheffield’s praises.”  

A.P.
Senior Business Consultant, Flight Dispatch at Southwest Airlines – June 28, 2022

May 21, 2022

Gentlemen,

I just wanted to thank you for all that have you have done for our class and for me personally over the last 5 weeks. You both are truly wonderful instructors and beacons of aeronautical information.

This has been the most challenging yet rewarding 5 weeks of my 26 years of life but I’m truly amazed at how much I’ve grown. I have no one to thank besides the both of you and your wonderful curriculum.

Your efforts are beyond appreciated and thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone and into the fire that is Aircraft Dispatching.

IC

May 5, 2022

Brett and Eric,

I hope you are both well.

I wanted to share with you that I have accepted an offer with …. International to join their AeroData team as a flight path support specialist. In this role I will help support the computation of runway performance specs for domestic and international carriers in addition to one engine inoperative flight path procedures.

Although this isn’t strictly speaking a dispatch position, the knowledge I acquired from being your student/examinee no doubt played a major role in bringing forth this opportunity. I will always be grateful to you both for that in helping fulfill a life long dream of working in aviation, …

I look forward to remaining in touch.

Best regards,
Anson

April 28, 2022

From LinkedIn:

“This is a fantastic school. You cannot spend money anywhere else and get a better set of caring, dedicated and professional people.”

CR

November 18, 2021

Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 4:56 PM
Subject: I Have Been Hired

I was offered and have accepted a position as a flight dispatcher with CommutAir. My training begins on November 1st so things have been moving pretty quickly. I was contacted that same day I applied and was pretty quickly set up with a second interview and both interviewers seemed impressed with my knowledge. I am grateful for the incredible quality of the education that you have provided to me and others which has clearly cultivated a well respected identity within the industry.

Thank you all so much for preparing people to become quality dispatchers.

J.F.

 

October 17, 2021

Date: Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 11:32 AM
Subject: AA Dispatch
 
Incredibly excited to share the news that I have been selected for dispatch with American Airlines. I begin my course room training Feb 7th for 6 weeks then will transfer to on job training thereafter.
 
I just wanted to thank you and all you guys there for what you do and how well you do it. I had a great time in your guys’ course and felt like you all did a great job in ensuring your students really learn, understand and are competent in dispatch material. Huge thanks to you all at Sheffiled. 
 
Super excited to take this next step, which very well may be my last step, in my career. It’s been my dream since discovering the position to get hired on with my company in dispatch. You guys are a big part of why I was prepared for my interview. I owe you guys a big thanks.
 
R.S. – 2019 graduate

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October 14, 2021

“Thank you for kicking my butt!” A.

“Sheffield exceeded my expectation. A lot more information than what I would expect!” A. 

“The presentation of material is beyond excellent. I was worried that I would struggle to focus for such a long period of time, but the lectures were consistently engaging. Thank you for providing such an excellent environment to learn in.” A. 

“Best school in the world!!! Thank you so much.” M.M.

June 17, 2021

Hi Eric and Brett,

I wanted to reply with a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate the time and effort put into the refresher course! My Sheffield experience has been superb from the start, and I’m grateful to be a part of such an excellent group. 
 
I’m excited to share that I’ve accepted an Aircraft Dispatcher position at xxx Airways and will begin training tomorrow. It’s been a longtime goal of mine to find my spot in the airline industry, and it’s surreal to be at this point, finally. Thanks for playing a significant role in making it all possible!
 
I wish you both all the best and look forward to keeping in touch!
 
T.H.

May 19, 2021

Mr. Eric Morris

I can’t thank you enough for the amount of knowledge you gave in that short week of us being with you…
 
Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home and accommodating us with any needs we ran across…
..I really appreciate the opportunities that you guys helped me open up. This is just step one of my mission and I’m looking forward to being a part of and representing Sheffield!
 
Sincerely, 
 
D.M.

April 12, 2021

Good Afternoon Eric,

After applying several places these last few weeks, I’m very pleased to announce that I have accepted an offer at Commutair! who charters flights for United out of North Olmsted, Ohio. I completed a technical interview with them yesterday. 
 
I feel very proud with my choice of Sheffield with the wealth of material I have in my possession and the experience I had. I’ve had almost every airline I’ve applied reach out to me for a quick conversation and I believe part of that has to do with the Sheffield name. Also I gotta thank you for the accommodations, they were very cozy, roomy, and really helped me stay focused. They were above my expectations. I have been working hard on reviewing the material and sounding very CLEAR and solid with my answers … 
 
Kind regards
Sam R.

Application-based Forms (2022)

Special Notes for Students

Domestic & International Students – ID information:

  • ONE form of photo identification is required. Expired IDs not accepted.

Aircraft Dispatcher Course (200 hours/5 weeks)

  • Do all schools teach the same material?

    No. All FAR Part 65 schools must adhere to their basic curriculum guidelines; however, Sheffield decided long ago to provide extra airline-related material to ease our graduates transition into airline initial training. We do not believe in telling our students “Don’t worry about that – your airline will teach you that.” Granted, there are some topics that we cannot teach since it is not only the responsibility of the airline, but each airline may have a different FAA approval for how they apply certain procedures. But there are MANY topics, scenarios, etc. that our students are exposed to that have impressed many airline hiring managers. Just check our testimonials!

  • How soon into the program is the first test?

    Friday of the first week is a test on Weather Theory. It is a Sheffield-produced test. Much (but not all) of the material comes from Chapters 1-13 of the link below (AC 00-6B Aviation Weather). We will spend the first week refining what we would like you to understand. Aviation Weather Advisory Circular. (password-protected PDF file. Password available after applying to school.)

  • What are the class hours?

    Classes will normally be held from 8:00am until 5:00pm, weekdays. There will be short breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch.

  • When is the 1st test in the 5-week class and what topics are covered?

    Friday of the first week on Weather Theory.

  • Some schools claim to have a near 100% pass rate. Is this correct?

    Some schools will pass anyone to hang on to the almighty dollar. We would rather cut a refund check periodically to someone who didn’t put forth the effort than to have our 70+ year reputation tarnished by becoming a license mill. Be wary of schools claiming “come have fun – our class is a breeze.” During an interview, you are unlikely to hear this question “So did you have a lot of fun?”

    Our students enjoy the class, they typically state that it exceeded their expectations, and that they never learned so much in their lives. Typically, our graduates are hired while they are still in class or within a few weeks of graduation. Another important fact is this – most graduates are seeking employment. Many come to us once they do their homework and learn directly from an airline that a student’s “hiring-quotient” will escalate if they choose a highly reputable school. Many airlines interview first (or exclusively) at our school because they know every graduate has been thoroughly prepared, and there won’t be any surprises when they begin training on the job.

    Passing anybody and everybody after numerous repeated attempts, or due to lack of any testing, only dilutes this industry with unqualified “dispatchers” and is a blight on the profession. Statements of guarantees are an abomination and should be stripped from all advertising by those who have the ability and wherewithal to do so. These mills should be publicly condemned.

    Can you imagine taking a taxi ride to an airport from a guy who can’t drive (we know this happens), then board an airplane that has been signed off by maintenance personnel who are inept or who haven’t been checked properly by their governing authority (we’ve read the news in 2008 and thereafter), only to be flown by a captain who has had numerous failures during his or her flight training (it happens), who has had his flight planned by a dispatcher who failed his course with a 30%, then bought his certificate at a diploma mill within 2-3 days (YES- it has happened). Hopefully, this won’t scare you into an anxiety attack. If so, you could visit your doctor who received his diploma…,well, you get the point.

    You will EARN your certificate at Sheffield. Why should others be handed the same honor?! It only increases YOUR workload – ask any competent dispatcher.

    [in past years one new startup school in our area claims “once you pass the course you get a license.” Aside from being misleading and inaccurate, it is illegal. Passing a Part 65 FAA-approved course enables the applicant to take the FAA practical exam. Once THAT is passed, the applicant becomes certificated. So be wary of the unscrupulous operators out there. The same course operator tried to list one of Sheffield’s graduates as an instructor to appeal to the FAA. The problem was my graduate did not give the course operator permission to do so.]

  • What can I study prior to attending your school?

    Do not purchase regulations books and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) to read through and study (as I’ve seen recommended on the internet). Without proper guidance, you may waste valuable time or misinterpret something. A good portion of subject matter discussed and applied in class is not found in commercially-available books.

    To help prepare for the course, study the FAA knowledge material on our web site. That is not really what our course is about – self study – but it will give you a head start in preparing for the FAA ADX test. Other than that, you can visit our “aviation bookstore” online and check out the weather books since we apply a lot of weather in the course.

    We don’t really supply FAA books in the course since you can get them for free on the Internet. We write our own manuals and sections to study. For some free books, go to “dispatcher resources” on our site and you can link to Regulations, Weather circulars (Aviation Weather Services) from the FAA, and the Aeronautical Information Manual. All are helpful information to browse through or print out to give you an idea of the type of material involved in the course.

    If you want to pursue regulations ahead of time, the main sections are FAR Part 121 – Subparts T & U. These subparts contains the majority of dispatch rules and procedures that you will apply in the course and on the job.

  • How many students usually enroll in the course?

    Between 12 and 25. The average is probably 18. If you check our class pictures, you’ll notice that the enrollment numbers are usually consistent. It is comforting to see that many people do their research and make the correct choice. We admire these students who crave a quality education. On graduation day, their faces say it all – that they have just earned something very special in this industry:  A diploma from Sheffield School of Aeronautics!

  • How long is the program and what does it cost?

    The Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course is 5 weeks long and covers at least 200 hours of classroom instruction (as required by Federal Aviation Regulations). The total 2021 tuition cost is $5,200, without any discounts applied. This includes textbooks, the computer ADX examination fee (normally $175.00 if taken privately) and the Practical Exam (~$400-$500), web site passwords, job assistance and airline lists, and computer use.

  • Are textbooks/notebooks included? What books will be used?

    Sheffield has produced it’s own textbook binder which relies on FAA sources as well as Airline material. All books are included in the tuition fee. If a prospective student is interested in jump-starting their weather studies prior to attending our course the following textbook is highly recommended since meteorology (weather) with reports/forecast reading and application comprises over 35% of the total academic subjects: Aviation Weather Advisory Circular 

  • What are the main subjects that are covered in the program?

    Meteorology (weather), Navigation, Air Traffic Control, Jeppesen Approach charts and enroute charts, Aeronautical Information Manual, Aircraft Systems, Performance and Weight and Balance, Federal Aviation Regulations, Communications, and Practical Flight planning applications are included subjects in our Aircraft Dispatcher Course.

Course Description

Duration: 5-day Aircraft Dispatcher Recurrent training course. Classes are held from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Instructor(s): Brett Bories and/or Eric Morris

Curriculum

The material covered includes the following subject matter:

Day 1 :
Aviation Weather/Non-Graphic Weather

Day 2 :
Graphic Weather & AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual)
Emphasis on “4-dimensions of weather”

Day 3:
AIM, including ADS-B and ICAO Flight Plan form, airspace, ATC, navigation/ILS/GPS, communications
OPSPECS-derived alternate minima

Day 4:
Regulations – various parts, but focus on FAR Part 121, Subparts T & U, communications
OPSPECS applications & Exemption 3585
Human Factors, Situational Awareness, DRM, emergencies (using real-life examples from airlines)
HAZMAT – use ADX examples and 121 subpart Z

Day 5:
Aircraft  limitations (theory)
Aircraft Performance (ex. Winds affect climb distance)
Aircraft Systems include various thrust settings (MEL/CDL)
Flight Planning (11-13)
Simulations: Computer Flight Planning Analysis

When To Enroll:

We recommend enrolling at least 30 days before the class start date, although you may enroll any time before class commences if space is available. 

“In my search for a school, Sheffield School of Aeronautics has the best and most complete training of this career.”
J.P. – Feb 11, 2014

 

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