Why be a Dispatcher
May 15, 2019
I have heard it all. “Becoming a dispatcher is too hard for someone with no aviation background.” Or better yet, “I am going to fly professionally, so why do I need to waste my time on a certificate that I will never use?” Well, let me shoot down some of these misnomers about a dispatch certificate and show you why this a valuable FAA certification.
"Becoming a dispatcher is too hard for someone with no aviation background."
First off, is learning to become an aircraft dispatcher difficult? Yes. Is it hard for someone with no aviation background? Yes. But that does not mean that it can’t be done. I have seen people with no aviation experience become very successful dispatchers. It comes down to drive. You are going to have to work hard and study to learn the needed knowledge, but it can be done.
With this effort comes opportunity. If you are a waitress or working construction you may have limited opportunity to move up in your job. But obtaining a dispatch certificate can change that. It opens up doors to careers that no one else has access to. So you have less completion in the job market. It also opens up salaries that can exceed six figures with skill and experience. In other words, little competition for high paying jobs.
“I am going to fly professionally, so why do I need to waste my time on a certificate that I will never use?”
This thought process is a very short sided one. Remember that little detail about getting and maintaining a medical? What happens to your career if you lose that medical? You may be healthy when you are 20 working on your commercial, but what about 40 when you have a mortgage and a family? Do you want to risk your career on maintaining an FAA medical?
In addition, getting your dispatch certificate helps in your comprehension of much more complex aircraft systems, regulations, performance, and manuals just to name a few. It will assist in transitioning you from a flight instructor into your first regional pilot job. You will already have the base knowledge and a step up on many within your class, thus making the transition much easier.
A dispatch certificate is an investment in yourself. It is something that will open doors and opportunities for you. It is a hedge against unfortunate issues that may arise in your life and or within the industry in the coming months, years, and decades. It is something that only a very limited number of people are willing and able to obtain. Do yourself a favor and be one of those people. Believe in yourself and become an aircraft dispatcher.
Keywords: Career, Aircraft Dispatcher, Training, Aviation, Certification, Medical