Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Aircraft Dispatcher


Credential: Aircraft Dispatcher  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

 

Aircraft Dispatcher is an entry level certification and is required for all Aircraft Dispatchers to demonstrate and pass a written and oral exam to receive their license. This certificate also introduces the applicant to an array of crucial components within the FAA and airport operations. Most applicants will attend an Aircraft Dispatchers five (5) week course and take multiple field trips to local area airline operational control centers. Upon completing the course, the student will be an expert in reading and interpreting Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR), Terminal Area Forecast (TAF) forecasts, and many important aviation weather maps, 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.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Aircraft Dispatcher

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC  20591

Phone: (866) 835-5322

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Option 1:

A total of at least 2 years’ experience in the 3 years before the date of application, in any one or in any combination of the following areas:

  • In military aircraft operations as a—
    • Pilot;
    • Flight navigator; or
    • Meteorologist.
  • In aircraft operations conducted under part 121 of this chapter as—
    • An assistant in dispatching air carrier aircraft, under the direct supervision of a dispatcher certificated under this subpart;
    • A pilot;
    • A flight engineer; or
    • A meteorologist.
  • In aircraft operations as—
    • An Air Traffic Controller; or
    • A Flight Service Specialist.
  • In aircraft operations, performing other duties that the Administrator finds provide equivalent experience.

Option 2:

Applicant must provide a statement of graduation issued or revalidated, showing that the person has successfully completed an approved aircraft dispatcher course in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulation 65.70(b).

The Aircraft Dispatcher credential has the following other requirements:

  • To be eligible for an aircraft dispatcher certificate, a person must—

    • Be at least 23 years of age;
    • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language;
    • Pass the required knowledge test;
    • Pass the required practical test;
    • Meet the experience or training requirements.
    Note: To be eligible to take the aircraft dispatcher knowledge test, a person must be at least 21 years of age.

Written Exam

  • Regulations
    • Subpart C of CFR
    • Parts 1, 25, 61, 71, 91, 121, 139, and 175 of CFR
    • 49 CFR part 830
  • Meteorology
    • Basic Weather Studies
    • Weather, Analysis, and Forecasts
    • Weather Observations, Analysis, and Forecasts
  • Navigation
    • Study of the Earth
    • Chart Reading, Application, and Use
    • National Airspace Plan
    • Navigation Systems
    • Airborne Navigation Instruments
    • Instrument Approach Procedures
  • Aircraft
    • Aircraft Flight Manual
    • Systems Overview
    • Minimum Equipment List/Configuration Deviation List (MEL/CDL) and Applications.
    • Performance
  • Communications
    • Regulatory requirements
    • Communication Protocol
    • Voice and Data Communications
    • Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS)
    • Aeronautical Publications
    • Abnormal Procedures
  • Air Traffic Control
    • Responsibilities
    • Facilities and Equipment
    • Airspace classification and route structure
    • Flight Plans
    • Separation Minimums
    • Priority Handling
    • Holding Procedures
    • Traffic Management
  • Emergency and Abnormal Procedures
    • Security measures on the ground
    • Security measures in the air
    • FAA responsibility and services
    • Collection and dissemination of information on overdue or missing aircraft.
    • Means of declaring an emergency
    • Responsibility for declaring an emergency
    • Required reporting of an emergency
    • NTSB reporting requirements
  • Practical Dispatch Applications
    • Human Factors
    • Applied Dispatching

Practical Exam

  • Flight Planning/Dispatch Release:
    • Regulatory Requirements
    • Meteorology
    • Weather Observations, Analysis, and Forecasts
    • Weather Related Hazards
    • Aircraft Systems, Performance, and Limitations
    • Navigation and Aircraft Navigation Systems
    • Practical Dispatch Applications
    • Manuals, Handbooks, and Other Written Guidance
  • Preflight, takeoff, and Departure:
    • Air Traffic Control Procedures
    • Airports, Crew, and Company Procedures
  • Inflight Procedures:
    • Routing, Re-routing, and Flight Plan Filing
    • En Route Communication Procedures and Requirements
  • Arrival, Approach, and Landing Procedures:
    • ATC and Air Navigation Procedures
  • Post Flight Procedures:
    • Communication Procedures and Requirements
    • Trip Records
  • Abnormal and Emergency Procedures:
    • Abnormal and Emergency Procedures

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Aircraft Dispatcher examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) testing process, visit the agency website.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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