Aircraft Dispatcher Certification

Air Traffic Control lab with students and professor

For the student interested in Airline Flight Operations Management, Embry-Riddle offers a program to prepare them for Aircraft Dispatcher certification testing. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum and the FAA Dispatcher Written Examination, the student will be eligible to take the FAA Dispatcher Practical Test with instructor authorization.

Certified aircraft dispatchers are employed by airlines to manage the ground-based tasks vital to successful airline operations. Dispatchers share responsibility with the captain for pre­flight planning and preparation of the dispatch release, monitoring the progress of the flight, issuing safety-of-flight information to the crew, and canceling or redispatching the flight.

To carry out these tasks properly, dispatchers must be knowledgeable in aircraft performance capabilities, meteorology, operating regulations, air traffic control, and instrument flight procedures. They must also exhibit strong aeronautical decision-making skills incorporating the priorities of safety, passenger comfort, and economic considerations.

The Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Certification Requirements

The Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program preparation is based on the successful completion of the following Aeronautical Science courses and the applicable prerequisites.

AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
or AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation
AS 410Airline Dispatch Operations *3
AT 200Air Traffic Basics I3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3

AS 410 serves as the capstone course for the Aircraft Dispatcher program. Students cannot enroll in this class until they have completed and passed all other required Aeronautical Science courses for the Aircraft Dispatcher Program. Students must be 21 years of age to take this examination.

This program is offered in the pursuit of a degree and not as separate training. To receive credit for any of the courses listed above toward the Aircraft Dispatcher certification program, the student must sign up in each required course, maintain a record of satisfactory attendance throughout each course, and obtain a grade of at least 70 percent. For more information, contact the Aeronautical Science Department.


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