- Performs the pre-flight duties as the cabin crew prepare for the flight
- Provides the pilot with the advised route for an individual flight
- Assesses weather reports and informing the pilot of any hazards
- Makes checks on aircraft maintenance issues
- Reviews aircraft weight, fuel loads and cargo loads
- General duties to ensure the aircraft is safe and ready to fly
- Reports to air traffic control and airport staff about departure times, and after departure, providing reports on aircraft status and predicted arrival times.
- You will need to be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment especially when flying weather is bad.
- You will need to be decisive as flight dispatchers must make many rapid decisions concerning safety, flight regulations, and the economy of operations.
- As day-to-day tasks rely heavily on computer software systems, calculators, weather charts, and loading reports, competence with technology is very important.
- Good analytical skills are important to help with the interpretation of information and applying this to flight plans.
- You will need to work closely with other flight dispatchers, pilots, and air traffic controllers, so the ability to work well in a team is very important.
- This is a high pressure role which is responsible for the safety of aircraft and passengers so the ability to concentrate for long periods of time is essential.
- As you will be relaying instructions to pilots and other flight dispatchers, you will need excellent communication skillsto make sure you are clearly understood.