Aircraft Dispatching

"This program put me in a position to start work in a different industry. What I loved about the new career in this field was the competitive starting salary, and in relation to where I am working, the travel benefits." — Michael, ACC graduate


The "pilot on the ground." The profession of the Airline Dispatcher is as old as the airline industry itself. In the 1920s, airlines were created to carry airmail under contract with the U.S. government. Borrowing a term from the railroad industry, these early airlines hired dispatchers to plan and control the movement of equipment (airplanes). The early airline dispatcher's primary duty was to ensure the safe and expeditious handling of airmail through the nationwide network or air routes. Within a few years, airlines gained access to government teletype lines providing updated weather information, and dispatchers compared this information with published schedules to determine the best routing for airmail.

By the 1930's airlines equipped the aircraft with two-way radios. Now dispatchers could consult with pilots in flight, discussing weather conditions and possible alternate landing sites. In 1938, Congress passed the landmark Civil Aeronautics Act requiring U.S. airlines to employ dispatchers, who were required to obtain a federal license. To obtain a license, the airline dispatcher then, as now, must demonstrate detailed knowledge of aviation, weather, air routes, and air traffic procedures. Since then, international air carries have adopted many of the same requirements.

Over time, different job titles have been give these licensed dispatchers: Flight Dispatchers, Flight Superintendents, or Flight Controllers (not to be confused with air traffic controllers). All same the same duties and responsibilities: to provide ground based operational control of every flight operated by U.S. airlines, whether domestic or overseas. Alaska Career College prepares students for responsibilities that include planning and controlling all phases of flight operations, including pilot briefing, flight scheduling, and flight departures.

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This program will provide graduates with the skills and certifications needed to achieve a career managing flight operations for many airlines.

  • FAA Certification - 14 CFR Part 65
  • Decision Making and Risk Assessment
  • Flight Operations and Management
  • Weather: Observe, Analyze, Forecast
  • Navigation Charts, Symbols and Airspace
  • Dispatch Resource Management

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