Note that most of our testimonials are either individually dated or dated by group. They are documented and can be verified using a variety of methods. Sheffield tries to provide the old with the new with the unique to document consistency and integrity.
December 6, 2019
For all future students:
This school has a very high standards, it is intensive and they are giving you a huge amount of information. Just be ready to learn, if you are willing to learn and understand you will have a full support from instructors…They will give you all what you need to pass the course, yours in only to know. After every day you will feel exhausted but valuable. And once you finish and graduate you will feel like the (whole) world is yours, and it is.
I highly recommend your school to anyone who would like to work the aviation.
Again, thank you very much!
September 18, 2019
No, not at all. I want to actually attend your school. I had already passed the ADX but you said I’d need to retake it (since it expired). I’ve been doing thinking, and no I dont want to reattend xxxx (in Texas). They were not helpful and I didn’t enjoy it.
September 7, 2019
I came in as a complete newbie. No prior aviation experience. I went to Sheffield 10 years ago. I was in a class with many students who had dispatch experience. It was five weeks of very intense classroom, and I spent every day and night after class studying. I thought at times I was not going to make it, but somehow, I passed everything. I worked for 3 years at a regional airline in Arizona, before going back to the DFW area to do dispatch for a corporate aviation airline for 6 years. I have since moved on from aviation, but it was a great experience for me. … I appreciate the intensity of the school. Thank you again, Eric.
September 7, 2019
I believe that Sheffield was a smart choice for myself and helped me have a strong command of the dispatch function and was more than adequate in preparing me for my Flight Dispatch career. Having worked with, trained, and hired dispatchers, Sheffield graduates consistently prove to have a better grasp on the regulatory and flight planning aspects of the job. That doesn’t mean that other schools didn’t do an adequate job but there was always, IMO, a clear distinction. Of those that did well coming from other schools, it usually could be attributed to personal work ethic and extra work on their part. One thing guaranteed of a Sheffield graduate is that they can read a METAR or TAF (weather reports/forecasts) with fluency and know what they just read (including remarks).
March 28, 2019
March 27, 2019
February 27, 2019
Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 7:35 PM
I hope things are going well down in FLL at Sheffield. ..Desk training has been going really well, had my first diversion a few weeks ago. We are slated to finish our competency checks and be signed off near the end of March. I feel ready, my training at Sheffield has certainly set me apart. Thankful to have been hired so soon after finishing my certificate, that certainly helped.
February 9, 2019
To all the Sheffield Instructors,
December 11, 2018
November 7, 2018
“Would not be where I am today without the great instruction and career guidance I received at Sheffield 25 years ago. The Morrises are a wonderful family.”
August 11, 2018
Excellent school. Excellent program. Very good instructors with easy to understand graphs and examples of dispatching. I was in the 1-week course and the online modules were very informative. The instructors really took the time to explain literally everything online. I was very impressed with the online portion of the school as well as the 1-week class. Also understanding how to do the flight plans, the instructor goes over everything. Even all the little “gotchas” that can make your flight plan invalid (examples, contaminated runways, icing, headwinds vs tailwinds) the instructor explains everything. I recommend Sheffield to anyone interested in becoming an Aircraft Dispatcher. Excellent school with top notch instructors and material.
– JD Atlanta, GA
May 22, 2018
To Brett – online training
I just wanted to write to you and give you my thanks for all the help you provided me along my journey to earn a dispatcher license. It all started on February 13th, … It was certainly an intense 3 months but you were always available and so responsive to emails which was a great help. I learned a lot from the email correspondence we had over the past 3 months. I remember struggling through certain areas, one in particular on a weekend and you came back with a reference on where to find the information so quickly. That meant a lot to me among other things and I am so glad I was successful in the course.
Finally getting the chance to meet you at the school was a pleasure and you were very helpful along the way. The Sheffield team works long and dedicated hours to ensure the students are successful and that certainly meant a lot to me as well. ..I know the education I earned from your instruction at Sheffield will serve me well. I will be sure to stay in touch and wish you well in your future endeavors. Sheffield will be well recommended for those who ask for my feedback on the experience.
May 7, 2018
April 9, 2018
I just want to thank your school, the whole faculty and Lizett from admin.
Let me share my experience in your school..
First of all, Lizett was such a great help for me in the whole enrolment process.
Second, Ruben was indeed a great instructor.
Many times, I felt like giving up as the course was like a shock to me. I failed in two of my exams but Ruben never failed to help me and explain sections which I don’t fully understand. He may not know this but I got encouraged with the career experiences he shared with us in class.
Third, my oral exam was like a roller coaster ride.
But gladly, you were very patient to me. Kept on digging what knowledge I have earned while studying in your school.
And lastly, your school prepares students for what waits ahead of us.
Overall, it was an awesome experience. I’ll keep studying and make sure my future boss see how great Sheffield trains there students for their future endeavours.
I highly recommend your school to anyone who would like to upgrade their career in the aviation industry.
Sheffield Graduate – March 2018
April 6, 2018
March 17, 2018
…I found a job as OCC Dispatcher. Job search took only 8 work days! Some OCC managers admitted that they knew about Sheffield School! Company I am going to work for is Fly Nordica based in Estonia, Tallinn. I am starting next week.
Thanks again for the most amazing training I have ever had.
February 21, 2018
Hello Mr. Morris,
My name is xxxxxx xxxxxx. I am a current employee of American Airlines. I got my dispatch certification from a dispatch school in Dallas (xxxx). Upon completing this course I feel that they have left me ill-prepared to do the job effectively, they lacked real world training and they taught flight planning on icao charts and not xxxxxxxxx charts. I am coming to you for guidance and direction I spoke with a graduate of Sheffield and they spoke highly of the program that your school runs, and I wanted to know what you thought and what would be the best course of action, I know that because I didn’t attend Sheffield that u don’t offer recurrent training for me but I am willing to take your recommendation going forward to help further my career.
Thank you for your time!
January 27, 2018
Good Evening Mr. Morris,
My name is (name) 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 (school in Denver). 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 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.
[Sheffield note: This student was reportedly ranked #1 in the class, which speaks volumes! And yes…we will help this future student!]
December 15, 2017
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Dispatcher Position/Thanks
I have just accepted a Flight Superintendent (Dispatcher) position with Delta Air Lines. Today is 12/15; I graduated from Sheffield with my Dispatcher License on 11/8 (just over a month!). I want to share my sincere thanks to Sheffield; the school that made this all possible. From your very knowledgeable and diligent instructors (Personally, (the instruction) for my two week course, and Brett for my online course) to the well-organized administration and Eric, it was an excellent experience.
If I could, I would do it all over again.
Thank you Sheffield School of Aeronautics
December 8, 2017
October 21, 2017
Just want to say hello from a August 1992 Sheffield AD graduate. I’m an airline captain at Republic Airlines flying the E-175 based in DCA. Great course and people at Sheffield. Remember Eric putting us through the ringer. Every time i look at my flight release i think of Sheffield.
October 20, 2017
Thank you as always for helping me get to this point in my career. It’s not a lie when I tell you that some of my Sheffield-grad coworkers and I continue to talk about our experiences there on a regular basis.
I appreciate all your help, and look forward to talking to you soon.
June 28, 2017
What convinced me to come to Sheffield was the availability of the Distance +5. When I started searching for schools and online courses, Sheffield’s was the first one to pop-up. I looked at other schools as well. But, once I was on the Sheffield website and read everything about the school, it was my first choice. I also looked at critiques and there were nothing but positive. I’ve been very impressed with (the online) instruction and timely responses to my questions. And just after one day of residency. I thought (the classroom instructor) did an excellent job as well…
So, Thank you!
June 26, 2017
Sheffield is one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The school is such an incredible quality, and the staff are amazing. The classroom instruction is top notch, and the staff all know dispatching inside and out. What I didn’t expect was how great Sheffield was for not only learning, but also for the connections you can make and the help Sheffield offers you after graduation. I look back and have not a doubt in my bones that Sheffield was the absolute best choice I made on my path to acquire my dispatch certificate.
June 22 2017 – from FB review
April 24, 2017
I hope you all are doing well down in Ft. Lauderdale. I am happy to say that I have earned a job as a dispatcher, and owe it all to the course as well as the connections I made there. I am now working for National Airlines up in Orlando, and am awaiting the training program…
Again, I want to thank you guys for everything that you guys did. Sheffield was a great experience, and I am happy I picked you guys!
April 15, 2017
April 6, 2017
February 16, 2017
I just want to thank you again for everything you have done for us! I’m very happy I chose Sheffield for my dispatch certification course! I have been recommending Sheffield to everyone who asked me about dispatching, before I actually attended the course (going off of my research on the field), and even more so now that I’ve been through it personally. It was truly a wonderful experience, and please pass this on to Mike, he is a great instructor. His professionalism and the amount of patience he has is amazing.
Thank you, all is very much appreciated!
January 24, 2017
I hope this email finds you well.
Last weekend I’ve finally received my Dispatcher License!
I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you, especially to you, for being patient with me during online phase and also to Mike, he is doing a great job.
Please pass my regards to the whole Sheffield Team, everybody there made this stay a enjoyable time away from home.
If you guys need anything from overseas please let me know, I’m glad to assist you.
With best regards from Unterhaching,
Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Director Ground Operations
MHS Aviation (Germany)
January 8, 2017
“I have heard so much about Sheffield School of Aeronautics and it was good news. The last airline I worked for as a Quality Inspector, our OCC-MANAGER graduated from Sheffield School and some of the CAA Inspector’s (DOTS) Dispatchers graduated from Sheffield, too.”
August 23, 2016
Just wanted to touch base – feel free to share the message below. I was in the 5 week course that started February 29th earlier this year and subsequently received my cert. in the beginning of April. I’d like to thank you and the entire staff again for such a great experience. I recall being in the course and reading the promising emails from previous students in the lobby; this is a similar token of appreciation. As you can see below I accepted a position with Silver in town a few months ago and really couldn’t be happier.
To sum my experience up for anyone remotely thinking about joining a course to receive your dispatch license, I say this: what are you waiting for?? For the money spent, I have found Sheffield to be an INVALUABLE investment in my career and future. It is really enjoyable to come in to a job in which one has passion for on a daily basis – kudos.
To any prospective dispatchers, please contact me with any interest in touring our OCC.
Kyle Bilby | OCC Flight Dispatcher
Silver Airways Corp.
August 15, 2016
May 26, 2016
May 20, 2016
“I thought Mike did an excellent job throughout the course, particularly in his ability to remain patient with all students.” A.
“Mike is a freaking awesome teacher!” A.
“Thank you to Mike, Brett, and the rest of the staff for all of your instruction and help over the past five weeks. The material and concepts were presented in a way that made everything easy to understand and grasp.” E.L.
“I was very impressed with (Mikes’s) knowledge and teaching abilities. His patience was awesome. Looking forward to coming back to visit! Thank you all very much!” R.M.
“Thanks for guiding me through a really tough course! Hope your next class, and the class after next will be fantastic! K.
“Thank you for all the knowledge and help!” A.
“Mike was excellent at teaching material and doing his best to keep the material taught interesting. Keep bringing more snacks!” A.
[Sheffield reply: We will; however, the average student weight gain appears to be about 1/2 pound per week :)]
May 9, 2016
My Dearest Sheffield team,
After a brief waiting period, I found my first dispatch job. I joined Falcon Aviation Services based out of Abhudhabi, UAE. It’s a VIP charter service with a nice fleet.
I do not have words to express my gratitude to the team. I feel real proud to be a graduate of Sheffield. It is needless to say that it is your training that has landed me this job. Thank you for being what you are. I have always been a fan of your methods of teaching. My tenure there has helped me push myself to limits. In addition to that it gave me a few friends from across the globe in dispatch field , who are still In touch. I would definitely do a refresher some day…
May 5, 2016
(At least) 3 Sheffield Graduates were recently hired by Southwest Airlines!
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: I got Assistant Dispatcher at SWA!
I wanted to let you know that I successfully tested, interviewed and was accepted to the June class of Southwest Airlines Initial training for Assistant Dispatcher!
I heard repeatedly from current SWA Dispatchers that my training at Sheffield would prepare me for the testing and interview portions of the hiring process. They were absolutely correct! (E.B.) and I have repeatedly said throughout the process how thankful we are that we chose Sheffield because we clearly were more prepared than other applicants!
Thank you for all your patience, especially through the online portion of my class!
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 2:21 PM
Great news!! I was offered the assistant dispatcher position here at Southwest Airlines. I’m super excited and I think the rigorous Sheffield course prepared very well for the whole interview process. I thank you all so much!
Date: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 5:26 PM
Subject: SWA Dispatch
I got the position! I start June 6th! Thanks again for all your help!
February 19, 2016
February 12, 2016
Amazing school! Eric and Brett are a hell of a team. I’m a high school drop out who knew nothing about aviation. I’ve been crew scheduling for three months now, just got promoted to planning and now I’m about to transfer to dispatch. If you’re going to dispatch, choose the school that does it the best. Choose Sheffield! You will not be disappointed.
December 18, 2015
I just wanted to write and thank you for the spectacular program you are running there at Sheffield. I graduated Nov. 13 and I just got a job as a dispatcher for Skywest airlines starting in January. I really enjoyed the 5 week course and have no doubt that it was worth every penny. The interview process with Skywest great and I felt very well prepared thanks to all of you. I would recommend Sheffield to anyone looking at becoming an aircraft dispatcher, I feel like I received the best training that I possibly could at your school. I am very excited to start my career at Skywest and everyone there made it possible. My thanks goes out to everyone there.
Nov. 2015 graduate
July 10, 2015
Amazing school! Learned a lot and feel completely comfortable going out into the workforce.
March 29, 2015
To Everyone at Sheffield,
February 27, 2015
Hope all is well in the warmer part of the state! Indiana is staying pretty chilly. I just wanted to say thanks for the training I got from Sheffield a few years ago. I recently got hired on by UPS dispatch with just 3 years experience at a regional. I can, with out a doubt, say that the training your school gave me was a deciding factor. Your instructor did an outstanding job. Thanks again, its made all the difference in my life.
February 10, 2015
Good Morning Mr. Morris!
First off, let me thank you for the wonderful course content. I have noticed tremendous differences in the quality of the fellow Sheffield graduates that I work with versus the typical “diploma mill” type institutions. At Sheffield we were taught critical thinking skills and how to effectively read the regulations and interpret them correctly…
Thank you for your time sir, and I look forward reading your updates on the grad page!
February 2, 2015
First of all a big thank you again to you and all Sheffield staff for the excellent job you did.
Already after my first interview I was offered a job at Air Cargo Global in Frankfurt and start working there shortly in my new role as a Flight Operations Assistant.
Now I see, what it means being a graduate of Sheffield’s! It definitely makes a difference! I wish you folks all the best for the future, it has been a pleasure working with you.
January 26, 2015
Hope you and all the Sheffield staff are doing well and just wanted to say I am so glad I chose Sheffield for my Dispatch training. You all run a very professional, personable and classy organization. Let me know if I can provide anything as far as references or anything else. Thanks again! Auf Wiedersehen.
January 9, 2015
I’m elated today at the news that I’ve been granted the opportunity to join Dispatch here at Southwest Airlines. I start class in mid-February. I attribute a large part of this major career step in my life to the care and quality given to my initial certificate training. I will not let you down! OK, I know y’all are busy so I’ll stop getting sentimental, but please do know that y’all are appreciated! Thanks again and we’ll talk at you soon!
November 24, 2014
“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 before they called with a job offer. So thanks for the job you do, it obviously opens doors for us as we’re going through the job hunt.”
July 2, 2014
Wanted to let you know that I ended up landing the Assistant Dispatcher job with Southwest, and I started training this week. I’ve said it over and over again, but I really appreciate you and your school and I know that I wouldn’t have been as competitive for this job without the training that you guys provided.
June 25, 2014
“Hi, Eric Morris,
I wouldn’t be where I am today without your help. Sheffield and yourself prepared me with all the knowledge that I needed and much more.”
Thanks for everything.
June 24, 2014
… As of today I am happy to inform you that I have just been selected for the next dispatch class that starts July 7th. Two other Sheffield grad’s will also be in the class with me. (that I know of)
Keep in touch,
June 18, 2014
I graduated last July 2013 from the distance learning / 5-day residency course…thanks also for the course instruction- been in Delta dispatch almost a year now – talk about a worthwhile investment!
June 11, 2014
“I just wanted to thank you for all of the help. I had my second interview last Friday and was offered the Assistant Dispatcher position at SWA. I’m so excited! I start down there June 30.
Thank you both, I truly appreciate what you’ve done for me!”
May 21, 2014
Thanks for your quick response to our request. I was amazed that you still remembered that I was your student in 2009. I love Sheffield and with time I have come to appreciate the training you gave me. I thought then that you were too hard on us but I have seen the difference between myself and colleagues who attended other Dispatcher Schools. I am more knowledgeable than them in terms of practical dispatching.. Thanks a lot for the impact.
May 15, 2014
How are you? I would like to say thank you again for best training ever. Now I became Flight Dispatcher Chief in our Airline and I’m very happy with that. Thank you Eric, Brett, (and everyone) for everything. Now we plan to send at least one more guy for Sheffield training and I will contact you when everything will be ready. Thanks a lot my friends!
Konstantin Shalashnikov – Head of Flight DispatchDepartment – LLC Nordwind | nordwindairlines.ru
March 30, 2014
I wanted to pass another note of thanks to you and your staff.
Everyone was very fair, the attention to detail in the courseware was great, and this experience made me proud of the profession we all lead.
Again, thank you for the intense but yet relaxed approach you bring to the learning process and allow your staff to manage our learning as they do very well.
All the best in the future and trust me, all I will be talking about is Sheffield when it comes to training at its finest.
March 11, 2014
Good Morning Eric!
February 26, 2014
Dear Mr. Morris:
…I did little research of my own among the 100 or so dispatchers we employ with our Chautauqua, Shuttle America and Republic operations. The unanimous recommendation for schools to consider was Sheffield.
February 26, 2014
February 19, 2014
Dear Mr. Morris,
February 19, 2014
“If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!”
February 18, 2014
(A Sheffield graduate) is a client of mine and he told me to tell you hi. Being alumni from Sheffield goes farther than what some people think. It creates an immediate bond because you know you are dealing with someone who has been trained by the best. After speaking with him it was refreshing to know you still hold the highest standards in the industry and your course still produces the most desirable candidates makes me proud to have attended and be a part of your School’s family. Very shortly I will be more involved in hiring new flight planners …
Sr. Manager Technical Planning
February 16, 2014
“I got the job at UAL as an assistant dispatcher… Thanks for everything!”
February 14, 2014
“The AIFP, ETOPS, & EWINS courses provided additional information and understanding on the topics that I did not have (earlier). The courses were worth attending and I would recommend that others attend.”
January 27, 2014
“Airlines do indeed take a look at where you went to school. Especially if you’re coming into your first job. Take it from a guy that has hired dispatchers in the past. Some (schools) go above and beyond the rather basic Part 65 requirements and this is where they differ and airlines notice. Every school has indeed placed some of their graduates, however school selection is one of those little things that can give you a small leg up over the competition.
Your school decision lays the foundation for your whole career!”
January 26, 2014
A Scheduler Success Story about one of our graduates!
January 22, 2014
I hope this message finds you well. After recently completing the interview process, I have been offered an Alaska Airlines Aircraft Dispatcher position!
January 8, 2014
Thank you again for all your help lately. I’ve spoken to many people working at United and all I hear is “Sheffield is THE place to attend school.” I know there are closer schools, but nobody comes recommended like you guys, and some are not recommended at all. Just unsure which class to take – some other friends took the 5-week class and others took the 2-week class, but I guess I’ll decide soon.
P.B. (future Sheffield student)
December 24, 2013
Dear Eric, Katja, and Brett,
Just a short letter to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! May all your dreams come true!!!
Thank you all once more for that wonderful time I spent @ your School!!! It was quite a challenge I must admit, but I really enjoyed it. Because of you.
From Russia with love,
November 2013 graduate
December 15, 2013
My sincere thanks to you, to Brett, and last, but by no means least to your instructors, for six challenging, exciting and very rewarding weeks at Sheffield. You told me in advance, that I would study, and study I did! I have profited from your combined knowledge, motivation, dedication and patience. You taught us not just the basics to pass the exams, but made sure that we received a solid foundation, a deeper understanding, and insights into the application of and the interaction between the different subjects we studied.
Over the many years of my professional career, I have always been an advocate of lifelong learning. Let me say, I wish I had seen your systematic approach to teaching more often. Your system of learning, the (Sheffield edit. – sorry…classified…), were a tremendous help to focus and to master the mountain of information that had to be tackled. The wealth of material in your green “monster” binder is out of this world, and the ADX Test Prep App is a great tool. As it happens, the week of workshops turned out to be semi-private for us, and was somewhat more relaxed. Thanks once more to (the staff), for a highly informative and fun highlight at the end.
..I am confident, that all who obtain their certificate at Sheffield, can certainly become a valuable addition to dispatch offices of airlines around the world. Please keep up your great work.
To all of you at Sheffield and your families: Froehliche Weihnachten und alles Gute für das neue Jahr.
November 12, 2013
Dear Sheffield team,
I cannot express my gratitude and satisfaction with the course presented. Your instuctors’ knowledge, the quality of training, the difficult exams (no prisoners) really helped me to regain confidence with my dispatch experience after 25 years in the aviation business.
I was under impression that there was nothing more to learn!
What an eye opener…
Sheffield (dispatcher) course is not for faint-hearted, what a ride..
Once again, Eric thank you for this unforgettable experience and thanks to your competent team…
May you soar high!!!
November 10, 2013
“I got my license with you back in 1970 in Miami Springs. After a long and successful career my grandson will follow suit next year Thank you!”
November 7, 2013
Dear Mr. Eric,
I hope you and family are all doing fine.
I’ve had my (ATP, not ADX Knowledge) Written exam last Monday and got 97%. I missed two questions and the third one was not clear answer. I wouldn’t be able to make this grade without your kind help and your valuable materials on Sheffield site.
The Examiner told me that I’m the first one to get this high score, but when I told him that I am from Sheffield graduates, he wasn’t surprised at all.
I will have my Oral and Practical exam by next week.
I want to thank you again, and I will always owe my success in my career to you and your beloved Parents.
Note: ..I really appreciate everything you made for me since 1990 and I proudly consider myself part of your respectful school family and I will always be grateful to you.
Wish you all the success and God Bless you all.
September 27, 2013
“You have a fantastic instructor and I really enjoyed the course! Choosing Sheffield was the best decision I could have made! Thank you for everything!” A.
July 8, 2013
Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:00:00
Thank you again for the oppurtunity to have a quality, top knotch education at your school. Because of you and all the staff at Sheffield, students like myself can receive the knowledge necessary to become integrated into the aviation industry.
June 5, 2013
ARINC Direct has utilized Sheffield School of Aeronautics since 2011, for all of our initial and recurrent dispatch training needs. Our experience with Sheffield has always been positive and we have found them to be a great partner. Working with Sheffield has assisted us in achieving our goal to maintain a highly trained Flight Operations staff, which is the heart of our organization.
May 21, 2013
Shortly after I completed the course, I was hired on with NetJets based out of KCMH. During the interview they were very impressed with the training I received from Sheffield. Having no prior dispatching experience, I found myself very well prepared when going through the company new-hire dispatcher training. As much as I hate to admit it, the week at Sheffield we spent learning to do the old manual flight plan from the ground up helped me out tremendously. Generally the Airlines fly the same city pair week after week, year after year. Calculating winds, weight and balance, fuel burn, route, etc is all basically automated by their software. When you dispatch charter flights or private owner flights, no day or flight is the same. We fly into all kinds of airports. Weight and balance changes every flight. Having the knowledge on how these variables effect the flight has made me a better/more efficient dispatcher.
Lastly, I would just like to thank you, Brett, and all instructors for the outstanding training I received at Sheffield. I still find myself yanking out the old green binder if there is something I need a refresher on!
Feel free to share this on the bulletin board for future classes!
May 5, 2013
Hello from Chicago!
I am now 5 months into my position at United as a dispatch support coordinator. My experience at Sheffield has stayed with me and shines through my work every day. I’ve been presented with amazing opportunities and have met many Sheffield graduates. My career began just a year ago and I could not be more thankful for the education I received. I have the staff at Sheffield to thank for giving me the knowledge and confidence to succeed in this industry. I hope everything is going well!
J. Evans, (Sheffield Distance Learning Grad, Feb 2012)
April 27, 2013
I took the job here at Seaborne in St. Croix. Been down here since April 8th and am liking it so far. A whole different style of dispatching, but I like the challenge! They’re pushing us pretty hard to get online, comp checks will be next week. I wanted to thank you for putting a good word in for me. I guess I’ll have another airplane to send at some point! Hope all is well with you and if you want to come visit the operation feel free. Thank you again!
R. (Seaborne in St. Croix)
April 24, 2013
I wanted to update you two as to what’s happening with me. I interviewed with both Express Jet Airlines and ******* Airlines a couple of weeks ago. Express Jet came back with an employment offer which I accepted. I begin with them on May 6th.
Because of my training at Sheffield I was able to breeze through the written portion of the interviews with flying colors (pun intended).
Thanks, I’ll keep in touch,
April 24, 2013
Eric, Your professional guidance has not been forgotten. USAirways/ (The New American Airlines) still employ’s Sheffield’s graduates David F., Juanita B., Brian T., and me from the 90’s. There could be others that I am not aware of. Anytime someone is considering the profession, they are directed to you. Thank you again.
April 15, 2013
Thanks again for the information on interviewing with *******. It was very useful. They did have a test as part of the interview and thankfully at your advice I researched the company well and was able to answer their questions pertaining to that that I otherwise wouldn’t have known the answers to. They also were impressed with my knowledge for having no previous work history. I told them its all what I learned at Sheffield! They offered me a position and I start training in early May! I felt very confident going in, and even more confident after knowing the answers on their test. I know my time at Sheffield is what earned me the spot! Thanks again for ALL you guys did for me, best school and instructors by FAR!
April 15, 2013
Hope all is well. I recently interviewed with ExpressJet and xxxxxxx Airlines for open flight dispatcher positions. I was offered the ExpressJet dispatcher opening and begin May 6th. Thank you very much for all of your assistance in getting me to this point in my career and will keep in touch.
April 8, 2013
I would like to thank you and your staff at Sheffield School of Aeronautics for the excellent level of training I received during my enrollment at your school.
I received exceptional support from Brett who gave me guidance and clear understanding for material at hand.
I feel privileged to have attended Sheffield School of Aeronautics and having received my FAA Dispatcher License and a job offer from Pinnacle Airlines. My start date is April 22nd 2013 in Memphis, TN.
It has truly been an experience that I will never forget.
April 4, 2013
Dear Friends, Dear Sheffield School, Dear Eric, Katja, Brett:
Very big thank you that you have greatest school in a world!
I went to every class in the school as a holiday. Even with experience, I discovered a wealth of information that did not know before. I really appreciate the license and certificate that I got, but with much pleasure I can say that was a wealth of knowledge that I have now I will use on the job every day. I am proud of every one of those who went with me on the course and I know that they agree with me.
Each time the first question from my colleagues and friends I will say that the time in Sheffield School was the best time ever. Yes, sometimes very hard, but sometimes upset about the results of examinations, but it is a goal to which we should go, and never give up!
With great pleasure I will remember every day of your school!
Thank You Eric and Katja for the best school! Thank You to the instructors for everything that i know now! Thank You Michelle for all answers that i have! I will miss you all!
Thanks a lot!
With Best Regard,
March 29, 2013
I just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was meeting xxx and xxx of Pinnacle Airlines. It was a privilege to have been offered a position with their airline and my wife and I are very excited about moving there.
I will send you a letter of appreciation for the support and excellent level of commitment that you and Sheffield School of Aeronautics have given me. It has been a wonderful experience that I will never forget.
March 26, 2013
Hope you’re fine? Got the license today, what for an beauty! Thanks for making that true!!! As a remembrance I’ve attached some pictures, I took while the school. (We will post on the new web site – EM) Please pass my warm greetings to (the instructors), who did a really good job teaching us.
I really miss all of you and surely will come back one time, either for holiday or for an refresher!
March 15, 2013
Dear Brett and Eric,
I’ve been hired by a big business operator here in Europe called VistaJet and I’ll start working for them at the beginning of April. They’re moving their OCC from Austria to Malta, a small island in the middle of Mediterranean Sea and there it’s where I’m going to relocate shortly.
They’re currently operating a fleet of 30 aircraft: Learjet 60, Challenger 600 and Global Express 7000 and they’ve already placed an order to Bombardier for additional 80 Globals.
They really valued the dispatcher license I took at your school and again I thank you for what I learnt from you.
January 31, 2013
When you are ready to take the formal class for your Dispatcher certificate, waste no effort and time, just go to Sheffield. I’m no paid spokesman, but now 21 years after taking the course, I have to say that I wouldn’t be where I am without that education.
January 29, 2013
Thank you again. I wouldn’t be where I am without your training. I’ve been at GoJet for 6 months now and I’m training the new guys. So, things are going good. Hopefully will see you in sunny FL soon!
January 26, 2013
Hope all is well with you and the Sheffield team. I wanted to let you know I landed a dispatch job at Shuttle America in Indianapolis last month. I started a couple weeks ago and am going through training now. The people at Shuttle (and all of the airlines in the Republic Airways portfolio) seem to have a very high opinion of Sheffield. I’ve run into a bunch of grads here, very cool.
Thanks to you and everyone else at Sheffield for helping me get to this point. The knowledge and confidence I have after going through your program has been a huge asset thus far.
Also, FYI: If he hasn’t let you know already, Mike M. (also in the October/November class) got a dispatch job at Republic last week. He starts in February.
Thanks again, and take care,
January 25, 2013
It has been four months since I completed the Dispatcher’s course at Sheffield and two months now since I received the actual License.
I was amazed at the way your syllabus is setup, all the course study teaches you exactly what it is one needs to know to become an effective Aircraft Dispatcher…
On staff you also have a team of very professional people that knows their stuff, I commend Ruben for the patience that he exercised daily with those that for some reason felt that the most reputable dispatch school in the world should be spoon feeding them. And my oral with Brett was the best, he made me feel so comfortable and confident that the answers to his questions kept flowing and believe me, he knows how to ask them. Even Michelle was so pleasant and friendly while setting up the ADX that it made me feel relaxed.
I just wanted to let you guys know that I enjoyed every minute of Sheffield and would be joining the list of persons that highly recommend you. Please relay my heartfelt gratitude to your team and (eventually one day) I will be sitting in on one of your classes for a refresher (training.)
January 23, 2013
Hats off to Ron and Eric Morris and the Sheffield team for keeping the heat on every class; when you’re a Sheffield grad, you can always return for training and be glad that your colleagues have faced just as steep a challenge. It’s a privilege to earn title of ‘Sheffield grad’ and know that your school’s reputation for excellence sets a standard that you’ll be forever expected to uphold.
January 12, 2013
I am writing you just to say that yesterday I received my Flight Dispatcher licence and I would like to say thank you very much. All those days in your school have been very long hours of study, working under pressure and feeling nervous before the exams but at the end, when you receive the licence at home I feel very proud to be one of your school’s students.
Again, thank you very much. I have learned a lot of interesting stuff about aviation and looking it back, I enjoyed it.
Greetings for all school’s staff.. from a former student.
Jose A. Leranca
January 10, 2013
Hope all is well with the new batch of future dispatchers. As I’ve expressed previously, and will continue to impart to anyone who will listen, attending Sheffield was the first good judgment call I made in my new profession. I will continue to remark its rightful place as the best dispatcher training course in the World to any and all who may listen.
Happy to report that I’ll be having a phone interview with xxx and xxx at (a major airline) for their consideration of my candidacy for their latest opening.
Just wanted to thank you once again for the superior training I’d received at Sheffield. Coming into the profession with no aviation background, and willing to work hard for the distinction, your program from the outset demonstrated the need for focus, discipline, determination and preparation required within the profession. I owe a great deal of my proficiency as a flight dispatcher (and now check airman!) to the curriculum you and your family have developed throughout the school’s history, and I’ll always be thankful for that.
Additionally, I’d like to thank you very much for introducing me to (Sheffield grad working at major airline). His guidance as I have furthered my career has been invaluable. I can confidently say that my life has changed for the better ever since you and I have been in contact.
My greatest hope is that I will have some greater news to share with you soon regarding a future at my hometown airline, and I fully intend to let future dispatchers know that my decision to attend and earn certification within your program remains one of the best decisions I’ve
All the best and continued loyalty,
January 6, 2013
I had a phone interview with UPS last week. It went really well. Sheffield came up right off the bat and I quote “We think a lot of Sheffield around here”. The position I’m interviewing for is Assistant Dispatcher, and the AFIP/EWINS/ETOPS courses were big pluses as a junior dispatcher. This week I’ll be hoping for the invite to SDF for the face to face interview.
January 6, 2013
I started class there almost exactly 15 years ago. It was very challenging, I studied hard, I did well, and aced my practical and oral…
I will (and have) strongly recommend that school to someone who is very sharp, motivated, competitive, and self-driven to be the best in what they do for a living. This is generally somebody I would like to work next to in the future and, in my opinion, is the type of student Sheffield caters to. I can proudly say that at one of the members here went there on my recommendation, did very well, and is continuing to climb the ladder of excellence in this profession. Some of the best dispatchers I know didn’t go there, but many of the best that I know did.
I still keep in touch with Eric to this day, and spoke with him this week as a matter of fact. Eric, thanks for getting that 121.193 guidance back to me so quickly. It was very well written as usual.
K.K., (Major airline dispatcher)
January 3, 2013
Just a quick note. I accepted a position at Pinnacle in Memphis. Start the 28th.
January 3, 2013
“I can’t agree more that Sheffield is the school. As a practicing professional, I have trained and hired people from various institutions and the difference shows right through.
June 5, 2011
The class was a great experience. (You have) a wonderful instructor and I felt the school really supported me and provided me with all of the tools I needed to enable me to be successful in class. I really feel like the preparation the school provides, while tough, will really be an advantage for when I go on that first dispatch interview.
Thanks again to the school for the wonderful program and especially providing a two-week course for those that may not be able to attend the full five weeks. It is really a great service to do that.
November 25, 2008
I just wanted to write and thank you and your parents for the great career that you helped me achieve. The courses I took at Sheffield prepared me well for the airline industry. The week of my graduation, I was interviewed and hired at ATA (American Trans Air) as a dispatcher. I gained valuable experience there doing a lot of international and ETOPS work. I moved on after ATA and became a Dispatcher, SOC Supervisor, and currently a Dispatch Instructor and CRJ Ground Instructor for pilots at Pinnacle Airlines (Northwest Airlink/Delta Connection). My investment at Sheffield paid for itself almost immediately!
If anyone would like to contact me with questions, feel free! We have been hiring dispatchers continuously the entire four and a half years I have been employed at Pinnacle, and still are.
My experience at Sheffield was five star. The school, staff, and accommodations were all awesome. Everyone at the school was always willing to help with anything and everything!
Again, thank you for the education. Those of us that are Sheffield grads seem to have a level of knowledge that other schools haven’t instilled in their students.
Frank J. Manderino
February 24, 2003
Hello Ron, Eric,
I just wanted to drop a few lines to update you on my status since graduating your school in October of 1999. Well, I turned down several job offers as a dispatcher with some of the regional airlines in hopes of getting my foot in the door with a major. Although I have to admit the experience with one of the smaller carriers would be a plus on any résumé in pursuing a dispatch position with the majors. I decided to go against the odds and took a job as a crew scheduler with (a major airline). With my foot in place now I was eligible to interview in Aug of 2001. I did not get the job the first time partly because of my time with the company. Then came 9/11 which we all know impacted everything. Well about 3 weeks ago openings came available, so I’m happy to report I got the job. Most of the people that I interviewed with attended (a school in TX) and many went and sat through refresher 3 days prior to their interview. As you could guess I felt they had a leg up. No, not a chance! Even after 3 years since graduating your course, I was able to nail the technical portion of the interview. Thank you for your dedication of providing the best and most accurate dispatch knowledge available. There is no doubt the training you provided enabled me to obtain my goal of becoming a Dispatcher with a major airline. Thank you again.
Class of 10/99
(“P” has been an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector in the Houston area since 2010! – another successful graduate.)
June 11, 2000
My Dear Sir,
With due respect, I would like to refresh your memory. I am Ahmed Attiya, now holding the position of Senior Manager in Saudi Arabian Airlines, but first I am your pupil whom you have taught and groomed to achieve such position in life. I have graduated from your school in 1976 and I still remember very well the tender love, assistance and cooperation you have showered upon me while my stay with you. Believe me Sir, your teachings, and guidance have always been with me in all walks of life till date and encouraged and prepared me to face all situations in life boldly. Sir, you will be pleased to know that time has come when I am sending my son to you, with the same purpose of getting education under your kind patronage and support..
With the kindest regards, Yours Affectionately
AHMED A. ATTIYA Senior Manager, Jeddah-Saudi Arabia (Royal Flight Planning & Operations Saudi Arabia Airlines)
October 10, 1996
Dear Ron and family,
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff at Sheffield for the wonderful training I received. I came into your school having no formal background in aviation and I left with training that has afforded me the chance to go anywhere in this field. Your staff of instructors are top-notch, and are well known in the aviation industry. I had over 12 interviews and job offers around the country and every interview I went on I was told that they called because they saw I was trained at Sheffield. Sheffield is a very respected name in this business. I especially would like to thank Eric. He made the course not only interesting but fun. His experiences in the field added an insight into what we as dispatchers could expect. This is a very exciting career and I am certainly glad I chose to enter this field when I did.
I have been working for Universal Weather and Aviation almost six months and I work with six other Sheffield alumni. I have been exposed to more aircraft in this job than I probably would ever be anywhere else and I dispatch aircraft to places that I never imagined people flew to. I love what I do and enjoy the people I work with. What more could anybody ask from a job? Thank you again for the training that got me in the door and hired.
Yours Professionally, James “Dusty” Miller, 1996
January 10, 1994
Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for your help…on June 1st I begin employment as a Southwest Dispatcher. I feel this is due to the excellent training from Sheffield and your willingness to answer my questions even after my graduation. A student is only as good as his teacher and your and Sheffield are the experts in the dispatcher field.
Thank you again,