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
Take a private pilot ground training course. Make sure the course is at an approved flight school.
Find a flight dispatcher school. Verify that the prospective school is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (see Resources below).
Enroll in the training program, which includes courses in flight operations, international flight planning, navigation and takeoff and landing.
Practice for the certification exams. Many programs provide practice testing as part of their curriculum.
Pass the flight dispatcher FAA written, oral and practical certification exams to become a flight dispatcher.
Realize that certified flight dispatchers need to complete continuous training every year to perform their duties effectively.
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