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Is it required to pass the ADX (Aircraft Dispatcher) knowledge exam before the online (Phase I) of the 3-week, 2-week, or 1-week course?

No, HOWEVER it is HIGHLY recommended to do so. Not taking and passing the ADX exam prior to beginning the online phase results in the juggling of nonsense (ADX standardized exam study of topics, many of which are unrelated to reality) with real-life practical exam-based subject matter, the latter of which is covered during both Phases […]

What kinds of aircraft do you have for hands-on study and familiarization?

We use the performance-crippled B727-200, an excellent example for learning purposes and manual flight planning. We also allow the full-time students access to a variety of aircraft on the computer via 3 different flight planning programs. The ADX test also still includes this aircraft in their questioning which eases the transition from standardized test study […]

How do I convert my license to a FAA Aircraft Dispatcher License?

See 2 examples below, taken from actual emails, regarding license conversion: QUESTION 1 I am a G.C.A.A. Aircraft Dispatcher license holder. As if now i would like to enquire regarding procedures to obtain a FAA flight dispatcher license. As I have been unable to acquire any job yet, which has put me with an interest […]

Do you offer weekend classes?

No. See answer to “Night Classes.”

If I feel like I’m behind on the concepts/info during Dispatch training, is it easy to arrange for some extra tutoring?

Very simple. We offer tutoring after class every day at no extra charge. We encourage students to seek assistance, if required.

What is the course tuition?

Tuition amounts for each course are located at various links found from the main “Courses” page. Feel free to also run a Cost comparison. [Note: some schools do not even reveal their fees, they’d rather ask you to “request a quote” = bad news.] Although Sheffield School has the longest history and most experience of any […]

Where are your training locations?

We train primarily in Ft. Lauderdale, FL – USA, but can be authorized to train virtually anywhere depending on what type of class is desired. Final FAA certification must always conclude within the U.S.A.

What are the study materials that are available prior to the start of class and how much do they cost?

For students who have applied to Sheffield, there are free FAA ADX examination handouts/quizzes/instructional modules found from a link on our main web page (https://www.sheffield.com/FAA_test_prep.html). Aside from self-studying and familiarizing yourself with a few topics, you can also visit: https://www.sheffield.com/dispatcherresources.html and look for the “Aviation Weather” and “Aviation Weather Services Manual” These books can be […]

Do you offer night classes?

No. We feel that there is not enough demand for those classes. More importantly, in March 2006, the FAA in Washington allegedly began investigating night courses offered by course operators which may not adequately meet FAA oversight standards. Those classes will likely cease operation soon if the FAA inspectors do not monitor the activities which […]

After graduating from your school, will I know everything about dispatching?

No. We DO guarantee that you will be exposed to a greater quantity and quality of material than anywhere else. The feedback from our graduates, the hiring airlines, working dispatchers in the field, supervisors, etc. has been consistently positive. As you browse through our site, take note of the correspondence received by Sheffield over the […]

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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
    “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
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    “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
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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 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
    “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.
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