What is Aircraft Dispatch?
A dispatcher must be certified by the aviation authority of the country in which they operate, in the United States it’s the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In order to obtain a certificate, a candidate must demonstrate extensive knowledge of meteorology and of aviation in general, to a level comparable to the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.
For airlines operating under 14 CFR PART 135, dispatching duties and responsibilities are actually designated to "flight followers." The main difference between a flight dispatcher and a flight follower is that latter does not share legal responsibility for the operation of a flight. In addition, a flight follower is not required to obtain a dispatcher's certificate, although he or she is usually encouraged to do so by the airline for which they work and will probably not be employed as a flight follower if they do not have the dispatcher certificate.
The aircraft dispatcher is sometimes called the “pilot on the ground”. The pilot in command and the aircraft dispatcher are jointly responsible for the pre-flight planning, delay, and dispatch release of a flight. The aircraft dispatcher and pilot in command exercise operational control which is the authority over initiating, conducting or terminating a flight. The aircraft dispatcher is responsible for; monitoring the progress of each flight, issuing necessary information for the safety of the flight, and cancelling or re-dispatching a flight if, in his opinion or the opinion of the pilot in command, the flight cannot operate or continue to operate safely as planned or released. The pilot has control of operations in the air while the aircraft dispatcher is responsible for control from the ground.
What to find out more about The Dispatch Academy? Visit our blog to read the full articles that we prepare for you.
Go to The Dispatch Academy Blog
Frequently Asked Questions
Evening Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with breaks. All major US holidays off.