Aircraft Dispatch Program
Aircraft Dispatch Careers
Aircraft dispatchers perform crucial functions for airline operations. Working in an airline’s control center, they conduct essential pre-flight, inflight and post-flight tasks – including flight planning, weather evaluation, interfacing with flight crews and connecting with air traffic control towers – to ensure flights arrive safely and as scheduled. Students who aspire to work as aircraft dispatchers must obtain a Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification and pass related Federal Aviation Administration certification exams, among other requirements. The below Ohio State courses meet the requirements for the Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification and are also intended to prepare students to take the FAA’s Dispatcher Certification Knowledge Test (written and practical exams).
Course Enrollment Requirements
In order to complete the Aircraft Dispatch Program at Ohio State, two dedicated dispatch courses need to be taken in sequence: Aircraft Dispatch Fundamental and Applied Dispatching. The first course is offered each autumn semester, and the second course is offered in the spring. There are prerequisites for each course. Instructor permission is required for enrollment in both courses. Current students should refer to Buckeyelink for the instructor contact information in order to request permission.
Prerequisites for Aircraft Dispatch Fundamentals (must pass all prerequisites by 80%)
- AVN 2100 Private Pilot Fundamentals
- AVN 2300 Aircraft Performance and Weather
Prerequisites for Applied Aircraft Dispatch
- Complete Aircraft Dispatch Fundamentals with a minimum of 80%
More program information
General course information and requirements
- Earn at least an 80% grade in both dispatch courses
- 100% attendance is required in both Aircraft Dispatch Fundamentals and Applied Aircraft Dispatch
- In order to receive a graduation certificate from the Aircraft Dispatch Course Sequence...
- Student must be 21 years old by the end of Applied Aircraft Dispatch course
- FAA Aircraft Dispatch written test must be completed
- Student must have received a minimum grade of 80% in both Aircraft Dispatch Fundamentals and Applied Aircraft Dispatch
- Aircraft Dispatch practical exam must be completed within 90 days of graduation from Applied Aircraft Dispatch Course. However, this is not a requirement to pass the course.
- The fee for the FAA Aircraft Dispatch written test is approximately $150.
- This written test is only required if the student intends to take the Aircraft Dispatch Practical exam and is separate from any requirement needed to pass the Ohio State course.
- If the student elects to take the practical exam after receiving a graduation certificate, the fee for that exam will be approximately $550.
- This exam will be administered by an FAA Designated Examiner, and the testing fee will be paid directly to them. This is separate from any requirement needed to pass the Ohio State course.