Graduate Testimonials 2003
December 19, 2003
Well I’m now officially convinced that your training and school reputation has helped me land my first job! I just got a job with Avbase Aviation in Cleveland, OH as a Flight Coordinator doing basically a little bit of everything (flight planning, crew scheduling, some price quoting, setting up catering, accomodations, etc.). The pay starts at $12.02 an hour with possible over-time/bonuses as well as the standard benefits package. I apparently reminded (the supervisor) at Avbase (who also went through your program) of himself when he was just starting out. The similarity was a very young guy with no experience except college trying to find his first job. He started out with no aviation job experience and transitioned into the Sheffield program as a base. He saw that common bond, and was willing to give a young 22 year old a Rshot! As opposed to gauging employment on experience, they are taking me under their wing with the long road of learning about the business ahead of me. They want me to succeed as much as I do. With the reputation of your program, companies are able to make generalizations about your graduates that they will be competent, have determination, be hard-working, and have a positive attitude. A perfect example of this is my interview with (another airline). They only hire Sheffield graduates as dispatchers, and that has to say something! Thanks for your recommendations, Eric, they were a tremendous help to me..
Thank you again and I’ll be sure to keep in touch..
Sheffield note: To receive the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, an individual must be at least 23 years of age; however, the course may be taken if you are under 23. If the course is successfully passed, the graduate receives a Letter of Aeronautical Competency. Once he or she turns 23, they receive the Certificate with a minimal amount of paperwork required. In the meantime, as in the above case, the graduate can work as an assistant in operations – it’s a good head start! Eric M.
November 13, 2003
how are things going? Work is going good for me. I have moved up to the coordinator spot and got a 1.50/hr raise…..along with my annual raise. Things are going really well. I can’t believe that 1 year ago I knew nothing about airplanes and now I’m a coordinator with a major regional. Thanks for all you did for me and hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.
November 12, 2003
Dear Ron and Eric,
Graduated in 1999 and haven’t written in a while, but I just wanted to give you an update on how well Sheffield has helped me along.
After graduation I went to work as a dispatcher for Big Sky airlines for around six months, and then was made Manager of Dispatch. Six months later I was offered a position at Continental Express and accepted it. Six months after accepting the position at Continental Express, I was promoted to Hub Controller. After serving as a Hub Controller for approximately two years I am today starting my new position as a Lead Dispatcher at the biggest and the best “so called” Regional Airline. We have over 1100 departures daily and fly segments over 3 hrs. in length with our all-jet fleet of over 230 aircraft.
I can honestly say that Sheffield played a major part in my confidence and competence level that allowed me to move forward in this very competitive profession.
Express Jet Airlines
November 9, 2003
Dear potential Sheffield students,
When I’ve been meaning to write this a while ago but I’ve been kinda busy. I just wanna let every potential Sheffield student this is truly the best school. I graduated in the April class.., but couldn’t receive my certificate until September due to age requirement by the FAA. I was afraid of not retaining information but this was not the case the knowledge I learned was instilled in me due to the excellent teaching. Once I did recieve my certificate I had numerous calls from airlines.
During most of the interviews they were really impressed by knowledge and understanding of aircraft dispatching. One even said “Wow I can tell you went to Sheffield.” …Now I have completed my O.J.T and am dispatching my own flights with no problem whatsoever due to the excellent training I recieved. In my few weeks dispatching I have already used exemption 3585 a handleful of times and many T.O alternates and obviously regular alternates. I notice many non Sheffield students asking some really stunning questions that should be common knowledge but that’s what happens when your only taught out of the Gleim ATP book. With all that said this is truly the best aircraft dispatching school in the Universe. I am a proud graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics and recommend this school to the highest degree. Even though this program will challenge you to your fullest the outcome will be one you will remember forever and gratitification you will get on the job will be even more fulfiulling.
121 aircraft dispatcher
November 8, 2003
Did the ACA interview today. Went well. Went down to see (dispatch manager) at ACA today. Before the interview I was asked to take a 4 page written test. Cake walk. Some questions seem like they were supposed to be trick questions, but they weren’t all that tricky if you read them carefully enough.
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 19:57:46 -0500
To: “Eric Morris” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just wanted to let you know that I scored a job with ACA. I start Dec. 1st.
I also wanted to thank you, Scott (he was an exellent instructor), Katja,
November 3, 2003
Hello Ron, Eric and Ellen,
I hope you all are very well. I did my Dispatchers training at your school
in 1986. I am still working at BWIA and I am still recommending your great school to fellow aspiring Dispatchers. Of course, the time I spent at your school was very memorable and it was a beautiful experience. I hope you all are doing very well.
System Operations Control
BWIA West Indies Airways Limited
November 1, 2003
Just wanted to take a moment to tell you how valuable the training at Sheffield has been to my career. There have been a few professional “Ups and Downs” since i graduated from your accelerated dispatcher, ETOPS and Advanced International Training courses in july 1999. I was laid off last year (2002). The “job hunt” since then has been, at the very least, challenging. I interviewed with 2 airlines last month (october 2003), 1 major and 1 regional. I am pleased to tell you that i received job offers from both airlines this past week. I honestly believe that having been trained at Sheffield played no small part in the outcome.
October 27, 2003
“…in May of this year, I successfully completed the Licensed Dispatcher certificate program at Sheffield School of Aeronautics in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was by far the most challenging endeavor I have undertaken in my professional life. Sheffield administers a course that is thoroughly comprehensive and requires absolute dedication to the program in order to achieve successful completion. I can tell you I was ecstatic when I did finish the course and pass my final exams! Even now, some five months later, I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to talk about it and will do so at the slightest prompting. (Just ask my co-workers, they’re sick of hearing about it!) …I feel it has given me a tremendous amount of confidence in my work as well as affording me both present and future opportunities I certainly would not have without possessing the FAA Certificate.”
October 23, 2003
Last Wednesday I had an interview with XXX. It went very well, and yesterday I accepted an offer of a dispatcher position with them starting in November. None of this would have been possible without the excellent training I received at Sheffield and, of course, the personal recommendation you sent to them with my resume. Thank you very much for your efforts on my behalf.
The interview started with a written test. Example: Your flight is maneuvering…., thus the XXX became the best choice. Another question asked me to pick the best runway to plan for departure, and why. Sheffield training made picking the right one easy (in this case,….would still be legal). Other questions asked me to decipher PIREPs, METARs, several TAF’s, even graphic weather charts and symbols, and to use this information to make flight planning choices. The test went on for three or four pages, each asking questions with subtle nuance that only someone with specific dispatcher training could answer correctly. After the written test came the oral….. then went to questions asking me to prioritize concurrent crisis’s, and to give justification for my choices. They ran the gamut from an inbound with a mechanical to a stranded flight with a disabled PIC. Again, Sheffield training came through. At one point the interviewer asked if I’d heard these questions before? I did refrain from saying “Sure, I just had a month of it at Sheffield”, but I could have.
I’m just starting this career so I can’t claim to be an expert, but from what I’ve seen so far, what you’re teaching in the dispatcher course is absolutely relevant, on target, and indispensable information. It served me well in the interview, and I expect it will serve me well in the upcoming company specific training that starts on November 3. From what I got at the interview, XXX is serious about education, too. Several weeks of classroom training followed by a couple of months working with people specially qualified to do OJT. I was told that my desk checks will probably come in xxxxx. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Eric, again thank you for your personal help in getting me the interview. It was your reputation and the training I received at Sheffield that got me this job. Also, give my best to Bruce. I’m not forgetting his help in doing such a great job teaching the course.
Accelerated Aircraft Dispatcher Course, September, 2003
October 15, 2003
Just wanted to drop a note. I graduated back in Dec. of 1991… I ended up with about 7 years of dispatch experience (737’s, MD80 models and MD90’s). I have a bit of flight experience under my belt, mostly turbine, some jet. As well, I have all the management experience from my FedEx days. Anyway, I just came across your web site and decided I owed you at least a hello! I always have remembered how well you presented yourself and the respect that you gave to me as an individual. A hard combination to find in a CEO these days.
Hope all is well.
October 6, 2003
“I truly have seen what being a Sheffield graduate means out there in the real world!”
October 1, 2003
“I highly recommend Sheffield School of Aeronautics in Fort Lauderdale FL. I attended their course this spring. It was one of the most challenging endeavors I have ever undertaken and by far the most rewarding. Prepare yourself to spend eight hours a day in the classroom and then another four studying… about eight a day on the weekend. There are many courses out there which focus only on getting you to pass the FAA written (ADX) test. Sheffield takes a great sense of pride in their program and producing Dispatchers who know how to do the job.”
Licensed Aircraft Dispatcher
September 25, 2003
Just wanted to let you know how I am getting on here at EUjet. I will soon be moving away from the daily dispatcher duties of operations control and into their navigation services department, as they call it. Here is where all of the new routes are drawn up and test planned…we check things like the terrain, approaches, performance, typical wx for the locality, navaids along the routes and so on. I’ve been getting up to speed on that during the quiet times in dispatch. When it comes to test flying new routes I’ll be tagging along in the jump seat so that’s pretty neat too. Which brings me to Sheffield school. You guys really prepared me for all of this, I was surprised too by all of the information that I had actually retained. When I was talking to the Nav services manager about moving to his department he was impressed by the things that I knew. I could read approach plates, had absolutely no problems with regard to text/graphic weather, I was able to figure out some of the performance graphs just by looking at them. The AIFP gave a good idea of flight planning in other countries too and they were happy that I was familiar with ETOPS.
When I left Sheffield in July I was kind of fretting a little bit about getting a job, I didn’t know how long it would take and couldn’t believe it when it only took two weeks. Thanks again guys for all of your help.
Two weeks ago I was in touch with a buddy from Sweden, he wants to become a dispatcher and was thinking of going to xxxxxx because his wife is from XX and he would have someplace free to stay, but when I told him about all of you he changed his mind and decided Sheffield would be best for him.
I hope to stop by there sometime in the not too distant future. Please say hello to everybody for me.
Til next time,
September 23, 2003
I am moving to XXX in November to possibly head up an aviation safety action program for xxxxx xxxxx, and the dispatch department is under that program, so I will be coming in for some recurrent in the coming weeks if you don’t mind. Hope you are doing good.
September 13, 2003
Dear Eric, Ron, Brett, and Katja,
Hello! I just wanted to give you an update on a student of yours…I went back to college and finished my degree. I decided to go to law school instead. I just started my first year at the University of Akron School of Law (on a full scholarship) and I’m hoping to go into aviation law, maybe with an airline, maybe with the FAA, that remains to be seen. My training at Sheffield continues to be a blessing in that somehow or other training with you guys finally taught me how to study. Thank you again for doing such a great job!
September 13, 2003
I live in Alaska and am contemplating the November class, your class comes highly recommended by the dispatchers at Polar Air Cargo. My father is a check airman for them.
Thanks much for your time.
August 29, 2003
This is just an email for me to extend my sincere appreciation for your hospitality and advice during my visit. I was truly impressed with everything, and I look forward to working with all of you. You and your staff seem to be very professional and very concerned in the success of your school and students. I take it as a big honor to receive training from such a prestigious place. Best wishes for continued success. Also please give a word of thanks to (Sheffield) for taking time to answer my questions and have my girlfriend and I really feel welcomed.
August 27, 2003
I’ve been so busy with the move from Italy that I forgot to write to let you know I accepted a router position with xxxxxxx. Hopefully this is a stepping stone to the dispatch position in a year or so. I will…start the new job on the 4th of September. I feel that the education I received at Sheffield helped me land this job. I look forward to returning next year to attend a few workshops.
August 20, 2003
Happy to inform you that I have found a job! Can’t get any better as this is a dispatcher/first officer position for a “121” operation here in (Canada)… talk about commuting or moving as it is only a 10 minute drive from my home here. The company name is xxxxxxx xxxxxxx and we operate F-27s freight, Metroliners, Kingairs, Learjets on cargo, ad hoc, medevac, and pax charters. And we fly all across Canada and also down South to the US. They like the fact that I have gone through a formal training in dispatching
and (they see) how well Sheffield has prepared me for the job.
So that’s the good news I have for you! I will stay in touch with you.
August 19, 2003
I just wanted to let you know that I accepted a job today with Atlantic
Coast Airlines. I had a great interview with them last Friday and was
hoping to get an offer. As far as interviews go, I enjoyed this one the most. There was a written test I had to take, and then, in addition to all the usual HR related questioning, there were scenarios that I had to work out with the two guys interviewing me. It was very challenging and I enjoyed having to think on
my feet. Also, their OCC looks to be very well equipped and their dispatchers seem happy. I just wanted to thank you for all your advice and expertise. I am very excited that after only a month after I graduated, I got a job. And I have no prior aviation experience! Sheffield was definitely the right choice for me and I plan on making that known throughout my career. If you ever get any prospective students who have questions, please feel free to pass my contact info along to them. I will try to help them as much as I can. In the meantime, I will keep in touch…
Thank you again!
August 7, 2003
Dear Mr. Morris,
I would like to thank you for your prompt reply to my enquiry. I have done some research on other schools and had narrowed it down to yours and another two (one in XXX and one in XXX). Your school remained the strongest contender for several reasons:
– One of our dispatchers would not recommend (“no comment!”) the school that he attended, he said that Sheffield would give me a better education.
– Seeing that KLM sends their dispatchers to Sheffield for training says a lot (I’m a Dutch citizen and admire KLM as one of the best airlines in the world.)
– Sheffield seems to have been around for a long time (I still remember that you used to have courses for flight engineers.
August 1, 2003
Thank you again for your advice. It really paid off. The people I met at XXXXXXX (airlines) were, without exception, very nice and happy to be there. I met with the Director of Human Resources and the Manager of Operational Control.
The interview basically had two parts: your normal everyday interview questions and then the hair raising “Didn’t I just pass my Oral?” part.
The material they went over was pretty much identical to what you had advised me to be prepared in. They asked some straightforward questions on weather theory and then gave a couple scenarios and asked how I would handle them. I also went through a (weather charts) with them and they asked me how I would brief pilots on the weather within their area. They had me decode a METAR, and then they threw a few approach plates at me. I had to derive alternate minimums and identify a whole bunch of items on the plates. They also gave me a low altitude en route chart and asked me to identify a bunch of things. All told, the technical part of the interview lasted about a half hour.
I also remembered (what you told me) about always wanting to learn more, that good dispatchers never stop learning and how the license wasn’t just one to practice, it was also a license to learn.
All in all, I think it went really well…the Ops Manager took me around the dispatch center. The way he was talking to me made it seem as though they were very interested. I
hope I’m right! Anyway, thank you again for everything. I am very glad I chose Sheffield.
I felt very confident (not overconfident though) and prepared during the interview. The Ops Manager said a lot of good things about Sheffield and that he had interviewed candidates who couldn’t even read a METAR.
I’ll let you know what happens as soon as I find out.
July 20, 2003
Been awhile since I written, so how are things going? Work is going good and I am so glad that I came to Sheffield for my training. I feel like I’m ahead of the other guys in my same hire class.
July 7, 2003
I decided to peek at your on line test questions…truly a humbling experience…those questions reminded me of how much there is to know or forget. What is the availability of attending some type of refresher course? What is the cost?
Call or email us anytime to confirm when you’d like to come down. Next class begins July 28 and you are welcome to sit through any portion you’d like. Just bring your binder, if possible. Cost is ZERO.
The opportunity to sit in on the classes increases the value of your program to the level of an investment in the future, which in today’s world is truly remarkable… Thank you very much for this opportunity!
July 7, 2003
I didn’t get a chance to see you on Friday but would like to drop a quick note to say thank you for offering the pizza for us on the 4th. Really appreciate it!
The course here at Sheffield has been awesome! I have really enjoyed it and I have learned so much…it will definitely help me out now and in the future in my career!!
Anyways, talk to you later. Cheers!
July 2, 2003
I graduated in September of 2002 and am dispatching for Island Air in Honolulu. I would like to thank you for my training and experience at Sheffield. It prepared me well for my career in dispatch. I am really enjoying my job!
Thank you again!
July 1, 2003
Check out Sheffield School of Aeronautics in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I just attended their six week course and it is fabulous. If you are looking to obtain your certification, I would definitely recommend Sheffield… It’s an amazing amount of information to process even in six weeks…It’s not for the light-hearted. But once you complete the course you will feel so proud of your accomplishment! Good luck.
Licensed Aircraft Dispatcher
xxxxxxxxx xxx Aviation
June 25, 2003
Thanks a bunch! It was great talking with you again today. …I have found my training to be invaluable in my current career as a flight instructor. As well, as the status of being a licensed Aircraft Dispatcher has impressed more than one person I have come into contact with in my travels… especially when I tell them I earned my License at Sheffield. You guys were and are awesome…keep the faith and fly safe!
June 10, 2003
Great Website! I have been researching Dispatch schools for about a week and so far you’ve got the best/most info. Before I speak to anyone in person, I want to digest the loads of info I have gotten so far…
June 1, 2003
Greetings. I hope everyone in the “Sheffield family” is doing well. We are just starting a new-hire class on July 5th and will probably be hiring more dispatchers here in a few months. I was just wondering if you could tell me the graduation date of the next class.
F.Y.I. – This was no surprise to me. During our last round of interviews, the Sheffield grads were by far the most prepared.
xxxxxx Airlines d/b/a xxxxxxx xxxxxxx
May 19, 2003
Just sending you an update on how things are going. I’ve just got my six month raise and things are going good. It really is nice to apply all the things we learned in class to the real world. Once again I thank you for the first class school that you offer. It was a wonderful experience. Hope to see or hear from you soon.
May 6, 2003
I hope that all is going well at Sheffield and that you are continuing your outstanding work in educating and training prospective dispatchers. I recently started work at Airbus in France and I am having to undergo another 6 weeks of training!! This time on Airbus aircraft perf/systems/mmel/cdl.
Many thanks and once again, thanks for a superb course.
April 7, 2003
I interviewed with xxx xxxx last week and they offered me a job, looks like a good opportunity… What I wanted to pass on was that xxxx xxxxxxx, their Manager of Ops Control asked me what school I went to and when I told him “Sheffield” he commented that it was an excellent school. You have a good reputation.
March 25, 2003
We have one vacancy here at xxxxxxxx Airlines. I have attached a posting, and would appreciate you adding it to your web site. We hired two of your alumni from the last posting. Keep up the great work!!!!
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.)
February 22, 2003
I remember (my classmates) and I thought holy &*%^ when you first gave us the binder and class schedule, but it was a great experience.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
B.T. (graduate – 2-week course)
February 14, 2003
Dear Mr. Morris,
My name is XXXXX and my age is 20 and I have finished my A Levels in United Arab Emirates. I am writing this mail to you because I’m very much interested in doing a few of these programs taught at your institute. In fact, I want to do the flight dispatch program held there. I chose your school because I heard a lot about it and got to know that you are the program setters. Many of my friends have come to you to do these courses and are now enjoying great amounts of pay and facilities here in UAE. I would like to know if I could also be a part of your institute and what would be the basic requirements needed for my admission. I hope you would give my request your immediate attention.
January 28, 2003
I attended Sheffield in Sept.-Oct. 2001. I am currently at XXXXXXX loving every minute of it. Thank you SHEFFIELD!!!
Thanks for the awesome instruction you do there and I look forward to seeing some of you (in the future.)
January 24, 2003
Eric, glad to hear from you. XXXXXXX has been really good. I see what you mean by having an advantage to have had the chance to go to Sheffield. I’ve got about 3-4 more weeks of training and then I’ll be on my own. (The airline lead trainer) thinks we need 3 full months of training before he will let us go.
There is four new hires… I will probably be ready first to check out.. I am very grateful for the chance I got to attend Sheffield when I did. You guys were really good to me and I thank you for your efforts. Keep in touch and let me know if you are ever out this way.
January 5, 2003
Wish you, Mr. Ron, Katja, the kids, and everyone around you a very happy and a prosperous New Year.
I forgot to tell you Eric, since I’m working for XXXXX Air now, there are some internal vacancies for dispatchers, I’ve already applied, I’m keeping my fingers crossed, believe me Eric if i get it you will be the first to know, because you made me who I am today, and I’m eternally grateful to you for that.
January 4, 2003
DEAR RON AND ERIC,
JUST A QUICK NOTE TO WISH YOU MUCH PROSPERITY IN THIS NEW YEAR. I AM STILL WORKING FOR XX XXXXXXX BUT HAVE A LINE WITH XXXXX. AFTER SEEING MY RÉSUMÉ AND THE FACT I ATTENDED “SHEFFIELD SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS” THE OPERATIONS MANAGER TOLD ME HE WOULD ASSIST ME IN ADVANCING INTO FLIGHT OPERATIONS. I HAVE TO PAY MY DUES OF COURSE. BUT THAT SEEMS LIKE A MORE STABLE FUTURE. NO GUARANTEES AND I KNOW THAT. I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT MY DECISION TO ATTEND YOUR SCHOOL WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS OF MY LIFE. I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT EXPERIENCE. I STILL KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MANY CLASSMATES.
YOU GUYS TAKE CARE.