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Aircraft Dispatcher Certification*

For the student interested in airline flight operations management, Embry-Riddle offers a program to prepare the student for Aircraft Dispatcher certification testing. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum and the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test, the student will be eligible to take the FAA Dispatcher Practical Test with instructor authorization.

Certificated aircraft dispatchers are employed by airlines to manage the ground-based tasks vital to successful airline operations. Dispatchers share responsibility with the pilot in command 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 re-dispatching 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.

Certification Requirements

The Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program is available at the Prescott Campus. Dispatcher preparation is based on the successful completion of the following courses and the applicable prerequisites.

AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 221LInstrument Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 410Airline Dispatch Operations3
AT 200Air Traffic Basics I3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits22

AS 410 serves as the capstone course for the Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Program.

Embry-Riddle occasionally changes a course number designator or nomenclature without materially affecting course content. In these cases, the program evaluator will substitute the equivalent course for those above.

For those students who possess a Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating, this training and experience may be used as equivalent for AS 221, AT 200, or both, and constitutes a minimum of 70 hours of experience.

*This program is offered within the academic programs at ERAU and not as separate training. Qualification for FAA testing normally requires a minimum of six semesters of instruction. To complete the Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program, the student must earn a “C” grade or higher in all required courses. For more information, contact the Dispatch Program Manager in the Aeronautical Science Department.