What is an aircraft dispatcher and how do you become one?

The FAA requires aircraft dispatchers to receive at least 200 hours of classroom training and requires the student to pass a FAA written exam and a FAA practical exam.  The classroom training is very similar to what type of training an airline captain receives in a ground school.  The FAA written exams actually pick from the same pool of questions for both the dispatcher and the captain.

IFOD offer several class type options to fit most students’ schedules and if we do not have one, we can customize an option for you.  Here are breakdowns on the most popular class options:

5 Weeks Day class

  • 200 hours of instructor based classroom training
  • Daily class from 8am to 4:30pm
  • Some weekend classes are offered, but not required

Cost $4,750

(includes all taxes, fees, exams, etc.)

Requirements (no previous aviation experience is required)

5 week class upcoming dates
Start date Graduation date
Jan 7, 2019 Feb 8, 2019
Feb 18, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
Apr 8, 2019 May 10, 2019
May 20, 2019 Jun 21, 2019
Jul 8, 2019 Aug 9, 2019
Aug 19, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Sep 30, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Nov 11, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 6, 2020 Feb 7, 2020
Feb 17, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

8 Weeks Evening class

  • 200 hours of instructor based classroom training
  • Evening class from 5pm to 10pm
  • Some weekend classes are offered, but not required

Cost $4,750

(includes all taxes, fees, exams, etc.)

Requirements (no previous aviation experience is required)

8 week class upcoming dates
Start date Graduation date
Jan 28, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
Apr 29, 2019 Jun 21, 2019
Jul 29, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Oct 21, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 27, 2020 Mar 21, 2020
Apr 28, 2020 Jun 20, 2020
Jul 28, 2020 Sep 19, 2020
Oct 20, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

3 Weeks Day class

  • 120 hours of instructor based classroom training
  • Daily class from 8am to 4:30pm
  • Some weekend classes are offered, but not required

Cost $2,950

(includes all taxes, fees, exams, etc.)

Requirements (previous aviation experience is required, such as commercial pilot, ATC)

3 week class upcoming dates
Start date Graduation date
Jan 21, 2019 Feb 8, 2019
Mar 4, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
Apr 22, 2019 May 10, 2019
Jun 3, 2019 Jun 21, 2019
Jul 22, 2019 Aug 9, 2019
Sep 2, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Oct 14, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Nov 25, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 22, 2020 Feb 7, 2020
Mar 3, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

2 Weeks Day class

  • 80 hours of instructor based classroom training
  • Daily class from 8am to 4:30pm
  • Some weekend classes are offered, but not required

Cost $2,350

(includes all taxes, fees, exams, etc.)

Requirements (previous aviation experience is required, such as commercial pilot or ATC and the ADX written exam must be completed before the first day of class)

2 week class upcoming dates
Start date Graduation date
Jan 28, 2019 Feb 8, 2019
Mar 11, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
Apr 29, 2019 May 10, 2019
Jun 10, 2019 Jun 21, 2019
Jul 29, 2019 Aug 9, 2019
Sep 9, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Oct 21, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Dec 2, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 27, 2020 Feb 7, 2020
Mar 10, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

1 Week Day class

  • 40 hours of instructor based classroom training
  • Daily class from 8am to 4:30pm
  • Some weekend classes are offered, but not required

Cost $2,350

(includes all taxes, fees, exams, etc.)

Requirements (previous aviation experience is required, such as commercial pilot or ATC and the ADX written exam must be completed before the first day of class)

1 week class upcoming dates
Start date Graduation date
Feb 4, 2019 Feb 8, 2019
Mar 18, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
May 6, 2019 May 10, 2019
Jun 17, 2019 Jun 21, 2019
Aug 5, 2019 Aug 9, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 20, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Dec 8, 2019 Dec 13, 2019
Jan 27, 2020 Feb 7, 2020
Mar 10, 2020 Mar 20, 2020

Aircraft Dispatcher Program Details

As an Aircraft Dispatcher student, you will get hands-on experience in advanced flight planning. Upon completing the Dispatch course, you will be an expert in reading and interpreting METAR’s, TAF’s forecasts, and many important aviation weather charts, which are used in daily airline Flight Dispatch offices. Both Domestic and Global Navigation Systems are covered thoroughly, as well as the North Atlantic Track System (NATS). NOTAMs and Pilot Reports are also covered during the course.

You will study both Low and High altitude IFR En-route charts, Instrument Approach Plates, and you will determine legal approach and landing minimums. Boeing 737-800 Aircraft Systems are studied in detail, along with take-off performance factors and Runway Analysis. Our graduating students are very well prepared to successfully pass the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Written and Oral/Practical certification exams. 8 hours per day (day program) 5 hours per day (evening program) in the classroom and you will receive intensive training. Our job is to do a complete review of aviation topics, and then enhance your knowledge and skills in more advanced topics. The following areas are covered in class: Aviation Weather Theory, Weather Charts, Boeing 737-800 Aircraft Systems, Weight and balance, Boeing 737-800 Cockpit Instruments, Domestic and Global Navigation Systems, IFR High Altitude En-route Charts, IFR Approach Plates, ILS Category I,II, and III Approach and Landing Minimums, the U.S. Air Traffic Control System, Special Use Airspace, FAR 121 Airline Regulations, Advanced Flight Planning, and Airline Operational Control Concepts.

Our goal is to highly polish and fine-tune your skills in preparation to meet the FAA examiner. Most of our advanced students are diamonds in the rough, each having very strong, and yet different, diversified aviation backgrounds. Our job is to identify weak spots and strengthen those areas.  Plan Monday through Friday classroom training with the instructors, and study hard at night in your hotel room. It will take you about two hours to do the practical (flight plan), then another hour or two for the Oral Exam. This is the primary course we offer, thus success rate is extremely high.

  • Meteorology
  • Weather Theory
  • Weather Charts
  • Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Instrument Approach and Navigation Procedures
  • Communications
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Practical Aircraft Dispatching including Flight planning
  • Aircraft and Engine Performance

The program is FAA-approved and fast-paced, taking place over the course of just five weeks. The FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test is usually administered during the first half of the aviation dispatch program, and the FAA Practical Exam is administered following successful completion of the course and after passing the ADX Knowledge Test

Accelerated

IFOD offers a Three Weeks, Two Weeks and One Week Accelerated course to those individuals who have a very strong aviation background and meet FAR Part 65 requirements. We strongly recommend the Two-week program in order for the student to “cement” the knowledge gained in lectures. The FAA allows our school to evaluate each student’s background and experience, and then credit them for prior aviation experience. We will require your Resume and copies of your training, licenses or certificates that you hold. We will evaluate your aviation background, and then advise you if you are qualified to attend one of our Accelerated Training programs. You’ll receive a reply from the IFOD evaluation staff usually within 1-3 working days.

Who Qualifies for the Accelerated Course

  · Assistant Dispatchers
· Military Navigators
· Commercial Pilots with Instruments
· Military Pilots & Airline Pilots
· USAF WSO (Weapons Systems Officers)
· Navy RIO (Radar Intercept Officers)
· Air Traffic Controllers
· NFO (Naval Flight Officers)
· Flight Engineers
· Military & Airline Meteorologists

The individuals listed above qualify for our Accelerated Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate Programs. You must have spent two out of the last three years doing the job to automatically qualify. If your experience is more than two years old, then contact our school to be further evaluated. In many cases, depending on your total overall prior aviation experience, we may be able to qualify you.

Airline Assistant Dispatchers – If you are an Assistant Dispatcher for a scheduled airline, and you have been working under the direct supervision of an FAA licensed Aircraft Dispatcher for at least two out of the last three years, then you automatically qualify for our Accelerated Program. We require that you bring a letter from your airline dispatch office manager or supervisor (on company letterhead) that states that you have been performing the duties of Assistant Dispatcher for at least one year or more, and his letter will be placed in your permanent student record. This is a requirement from the FAA Flight Standards District Office.

Extended Range Twin-Engine Operations

IFOD offers a complete course in International Flight Planning Operations & Extended Range Twin-Engine Operations (commonly referred to as ETOPS). It’s offered in conjunction with our FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate courses, and is included as part of our complete Flight Dispatcher training program.

The ETOPS program is an essential segment of our total over-all Airline Dispatcher training curriculum. It gives our students the edge out in the airline industry.

Remember, the instructors at IFOD are very experienced, major airline Flight Dispatchers. We’ve got years and years of experience in the international flight operations arena. It’s what we do every working day. We were involved in earliest days of ETOPS, when it was in the testing phase with the FAA, and we actually participated in the certification process.

Choose our school. Think about it. Why go to some school that just teaches theory, and has never done it in the real world.

This is a fact for our competition, however, it’s true.

Some schools feel it necessary to charge several hundred dollars for this training course. However, here at IFOD we feel that it is important that each of our graduates be trained in this international curriculum, therefore we include it as the conclusion of our regular program at no fee.

All of our graduates attend this training course and receive an International Flight Operations / ETOPS Certificate of Completion.

What you'll learn about ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations)

  • The FAA’s 60 Minute Rule
  • The 75-minute, 120-minute, 180-minute Rules and as of January 2007 the 240minute Rule
  • Decision Making & Selection of En-Route Alternates & Weather Minimums
  • Equal Time Points & Critical Fuel Requirements
  • International Flight Planning & Route Selection Criteria
  • North Atlantic Track System – NATS & En-route Plotting Charts
  • FAR 121 Federal Aviation Regulations / Flag Air Carrier Rules
  • Extended Range Entry Points
  • Engine Loss / Emergency Procedures – Diversion to En-Alternate
  • Jeppesen JetPlan Flight Planning on Over-Water Routes
  • International NOTAMS – Notices to Airmen
  • Long-Range Navigation Systems – Inertial Navigation (INS) &
  • Captain/Flight Dispatcher Joint Authority/Decision Making
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