I was a licensed Aircraft Dispatcher and was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. I had joint responsibility with the captain for the safety and operational control of flights. The following are some of the responsibilites I had when dispatching airplanes for Continental/United...
...Authorized, regulated and controlled commercial airline flights according to government and company regulations to expedite and ensure safety of flight.
...Analized and evaluated meteorological information to determine potential hazards to safety of flight and to select the most desirable and economic route of flight.
...Computed the amount of fuel required for the safe completion of flight according to the type of aircraft, distance of the flight, maintenance limitations, weather conditions and minimum fuel requirements prescribed by federal aviation regulations.
...Prepared flight plans containing information such as maximum allowable takeoff and landing weights, weather reports, field conditions, NOTAMS and many other informational components required for the safe completion of the flight.
...Was required to attend frequent and detailed recurrent training courses covering aircraft systems, company operations policy, meteorology and Federal Air Regulations as requred by the FAA.
...Provided on the job training to newly hired dispatchers teaching them our computer systems and how to put what they learned in dispatch school to use for daily job requirements.
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