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General Arrival/Departure Information

Sheffield School is located in the city of Plantation, Florida, just to the west of Ft. Lauderdale at 499 NW 70th Ave, Plantation FL 33317.

For U.S. students please provide a government issued ID such as a driver license and for non-U.S. students please ensure that you bring two forms of valid photo ID. For non-U.S. citizens, one of these ID’s must be your passport and the other must be government issued, such as a driver license. For non-U.S. students, failure to provide two current valid forms of identification will prevent you from being certified by the FAA.

Important note for international students.

Important note for ALL students.
Please plan your return trip to be 3-5 days following the aircraft dispatcher class graduation date due to practical examination scheduling (the larger the class, the more days that are needed to complete exams).


If practical you should fly into Ft. Lauderdale airport. Travel options to housing/hotels from FLL airport

  1. or call 954-561-8888. They offer a “shared ride” for about $20 per person and max wait 30 minutes or “town car” for $50 up to 4 passengers – no waiting.

  2. You can take the Airline Airport Service for $10.00 (if still available and not the aforementioned), sharing the ride with other passengers. (Look for the Ground Service Transportation Desk next to the baggage area on the lower level of the airport terminal building.)

  3. Taxi – It is about a 15/20-minute taxi ride to the school and to the student housing. The fare is approximately $35. Beware of the con- artists who take you on a longer route or claim difficulty in locating a simple address. (Have the EXACT address ready to provide driver, and consider using Google Maps to print out the route). 


If you are flying into Miami, look for Super Shuttle attendants in bright yellow shirts outside the Baggage Claims area of any major airline. The van will take one passenger for $34.00 (additional people will be charged $8.00 each). It will drop you off wherever you plan to stay.

(From Miami, take I-95 North to I-595) Take I-595 West to the University Drive. exit. Drive north on University to Broward Blvd. Turn right on Broward Blvd, going east to NW 70th Avenue. Take a left on NW 70th Ave heading north. Right after NW 4th Street, before NW 5th Street, turn left into the parking lot off the “499 Professional Center Building” to find our school.

The school is located in the “499 Professional Center Building” located on the southwest corner at the next traffic signal (the corner of NW 70th Ave and NW 5th Street). Turn into the parking lot on the right just before the traffic signal. Our suite is #110 and overlooks the pond. 

If you are driving, using either the Florida Turnpike or I-95, exit on Sunrise Boulevard and go west on Sunrise Blvd. until you come to NW 65th Ave., where you turn left (South). (N.W. 65th avenue is exactly one mile west of the Florida Turnpike.) Continue south on N.W. 65th avenue, which curves to the right and becomes N.W. 5th Street. At the next traffic light, intersection of NW 70th Ave and NW 65th Ave/NW 5th Street you will see the “499 Professional Center Building” where the school is located. 

Finding the school from the ‘499 Professional Center Building’ parking lot

Facing the Main Entrance from the parking lot, look to the left of the footbridge leading to the main entrance. The school entrance is located to the left, behind the waterfall.


  1. Calculator (a simple basic type).

  2. Pen & Pencil Notebook or legal pad for note taking and highlighters.

  3. Flash drive (or purchase locally).

  4. You are welcome to bring your smart devices and/or laptop for note taking and Internet/email access.

  5. If you are a coffee drinker, bring a thermos. Our office building has a vending machine for drinks, but not for coffee. The school housing have coffee makers that you can use to fill your thermos for use throughout the school day.

  6. We suggest you bring a sweater or jacket for the classroom, since the classroom is sometimes cool. The dress code for the classroom is casual, (but no sandals and tanktops please.)

  7. Photo IDs (Drivers License, Passport, Military ID, etc.) Make sure the expiration dates of your two forms of ID’s are after the course completion by at least a few days and the names match exactly on both.


The same service will be available from the housing or school. The Super Shuttle to the Miami Airport should be arranged the day before departure, by calling 954-764-1700. For pickup to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport call Airline Airport Express at 954-561-8888.

Note: These are the latest prices we have; they are subject to change without our knowledge. If you are arriving from outside the U.S., it is advisable to have U.S. currency, or money, for taxi or limo fare.

If you did not make arrangements for school housing or did not send in a deposit for school housing, it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate you when you arrive. Please be sure to have all your housing arrangements taken care off before you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience to yourself.

Please call us if you should have any questions. Thank you and have a safe trip.

Print the General arrival instructions – to be updated

If provided by Sheffield School, you must check out of the ‘Sheffield’ housing within 24 hours following the completion of your class(es) and the FAA Practical Exams. If you decide for any reason to leave the school before the completion of the course, you will also have to leave the ‘Sheffield-provided’ housing within 24 hours after your signing out from the school.

Important Notes

  • (Sheffield housing only) – If you arrive in town after 10:00 p.m., we suggest you spend the night at any nearby hotel. It is highly recommended to make prior arrangements and call for a reservation.

  • Bring this information with you for reference upon arrival.

  • It is advisable to bring Traveler’s Checks, as you will not be able to get personal checks cashed in this area.

  • If you did not make arrangements for ‘Sheffield School-provided’ housing or did not send in a deposit for school housing it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate you when you arrive. Please be sure to have all your housing arrangements taken care off before you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience to yourself.

We are looking forward to meeting you and hope you have a safe trip.

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    “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
    “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
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