How to become a flight dispatcher

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How to become a flight dispatcher
Flight dispatcher (Kim Steele/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A flight dispatcher has significant control over airline flights. The flight dispatcher is responsible for all phases of a particular flight--from planning to landing. In fact, a plane cannot depart an airport without the approval of the flight dispatcher. Given the importance of this position, it takes a desire for challenges, concentration and determination to become a flight dispatcher.

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Things you need

  • Federal Aviation Administration certificate

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  1. 1

    Take a private pilot ground training course. Make sure the course is at an approved flight school.

  2. 2

    Find a flight dispatcher school. Verify that the prospective school is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (see Resources below).

  3. 3

    Enroll in the training program, which includes courses in flight operations, international flight planning, navigation and takeoff and landing.

  4. 4

    Practice for the certification exams. Many programs provide practice testing as part of their curriculum.

  5. 5

    Pass the flight dispatcher FAA written, oral and practical certification exams to become a flight dispatcher.

  6. 6

    Realize that certified flight dispatchers need to complete continuous training every year to perform their duties effectively.

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