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Have you been considering earning your FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate but still have questions or want to learn more?
We've created this Flt Dispatch Learning Lab to allow prospective students the chance to explore different knowledge areas you can expect to learn about during our FAA Flight Dispatch Certification course!
Have fun exploring the content and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!
OCC, SOC, NOC, the acronyms can be confusing! Regardless of their acronym, all airline control centers do the same thing. They are the heart, lungs and brain of the airline. Without, the airline simply cannot operate. This is a great video by Endeavor Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines and what their dispatch office looks like and how it operates.
Here's another great video that explains some basics of Flight Dispatch and what Envoy Airlines Dispatch office looks like!
This video from Airways Magazine explains what an aircraft dispatcher does.
As an Aircraft Dispatcher, it's important for you to have a basic understanding of how earths climate works. This understanding becomes the foundation for all other meteorological events that occur across our planet.
Earths global circulation patterns dictate how air circulates around our planet. Much like the first video, these circulation patterns start to play an integral role for the "Jet Streams" around our planet and how and why weather patterns form.
Thunderstorms, also known as "convective activity" in meteorological terms can be a significant barrier to the safe and effective air transport industry. Understanding how, why and when convective activity will form are essential for the safe dispatch of any flight.
This brief video will explain the basics of decoding aviation weather reports and aviation weather forecasts. Understanding these reports are important and assist FAA Aircraft Dispatchers in making weather assessments for the departure, arrival and alternate airports, when applicable.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is the default aviation weather resources for US based airlines. This video explains the basics of the surface prognastic chart, this chart explains to FAA Aircraft Dispatchers and pilots where the various air masses are located in North American, such as the location of areas of high pressures, low pressure and fronts. Fronts are the boundary between air masses and tracking their location is important as they play a role in the weather formation in the regions they are moving through.
FAA Aircraft Dispatchers usually work in the office environment, however, because of the role they play in creating safe and efficient flight plans, Aircraft Dispatchers do need to have a basic understanding of how aircraft fly. In this video, you'll learn some basics about wing design and how lift is created when an airplane flies.
While we certainly don't expect you to know how a jet engine works like an aircraft mechanic, as an FAA Certificated Dispatcher, it'll be important for you to understand some basic concepts of jet engine technology. This video is a great primer for helping you learn the basics!
Much like the last video, aircraft dispatchers need to have a basic understanding of how an aircraft is designed and some of its more basic components such as Ailerons, Elevators and the rudder. Other systems knowledge is important because of its impact on aircraft performance, such as hydraulics, pressurization and electrical.
In some instances, a component of an aircraft may be inoperative and would be considered as on "deferral". This means in some instances that something is not functioning correctly, however the aircraft could still be used for regular operations.
As an Aircraft Dispatcher, you'll need to be familiar with different types of approaches to airports. Part of this is because we need to establish if the weather is legal for us to fly a particular approach at an airport, another important aspect is if we need to list an alternate or "backup" airport if the weather at our destination is poor.
A good chunk of our FAA Aircraft Dispatcher training program is dedicated to building your skills in learning and understanding these charts as you'll be using them everyday as an aircraft dispatcher.
A good chunk of airspace is designed around airways to originate from VOR's, also known as "Very High Omni-Directional Beacon" that sends out a radio signal in 360 degrees for pilots to navigate to and from and they are incredibly accurate.
An instrument landing system , also known as an "ILS" is a precision approach to provides pilots with vertical and horizontal guidance down to the runway.
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