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Airline Dispatchers – Questions and Answers

1. What types of activities is a licensed airline dispatcher approved to engage in?
  • Planning flight and fuel schedules
  • Checking aircraft performance and weight and balance
  • Monitoring progress of flight including weather delays, runway and airport logistic
2. Is a college degree or advanced education required to be an airline dispatcher?


3. Do airline dispatchers require previous experience in the aviation field?

No, however it does provide a good foundation for the airline dispatch training certification courses.

4. How long does it take to become a licensed airline dispatcher if I don’t have experience?

Typically it takes 6 months and consists of computer based learning in a classroom (or remote environment) followed up by practical instruction on one of our three campuses in the US from an experienced and licensed dispatcher.

5. How old do I have to be to take the FAA Airline Dispatcher written examination?

23 years old and it must be taken within 90 days of training completion

6. How old do I have to be to take the FAA Airline Dispatcher training course?

21 years old

7. Does Tech Center Guam have an FAA Written Testing Facility at their facility?

Yes, we are able to provide FAA testing at our onsite training facilities in Guam, Cincinnati or Ohio

8. Can the computer based learning portion of the course be completed at my home and on my own schedule?

Yes, a total of 138 hours of computer based learning can be accomplished on your own time and in your home. Many of our clients conduct computer based learning in a classroom environment with an experienced instructor to help facilitate with any questions.

9. Does the airline certification course need to be taken in the United States if I seek an FAA Airline Dispatcher license?

The larger portion of our training can be taken anywhere in the world! We have students in Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. However the written testing and practical FAA exam must be accomplished in one of our US-based centers in Guam, Cincinnati or Miami as well as 62 hours of practical instruction. We provide the written testing, practical instruction and FAA examination all at the same time!

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