ACP139 What Is An Aircraft Dispatcher? with Michael Karrels

by CarlValeri on May 15, 2017

Did you know that an aircraft dispatcher shares fifty percent of the operational control of a flight with a captain? A career as an aircraft dispatcher can be both rewarding and is not very well known by the traveling public. Today I have with me Mike Karrels who will help us understand the role of a dispatcher and discuss the rewarding and lucrative career of an airline dispatcher.


Michael and I Discuss Being an Aircraft Dispatcher:

  • A Dispatcher:
    • Plans all of the flights for an airline and creates a document that tells the flight crew the route of flight, the fuel required and the weather and turbulence that they can expect for the flight.
    • Flight crew’s first point of contact if there are any problems.
    • Communicate with the pilots while the flight is en-route updating them if any of the conditions have changed.
    • Shares 50 percent of the operational control with the captain of the flight.
  • Pay And Benefits.
  • Licensing and Certification
  • From desktop to flight deck.
  • MEL

Pick Of the Week:

Flying in Life: Mike's podcast about being a dispatcher

Here are some Links to Video's and articles of different operation centers - Some are a bit like Ad's:

United Airlines:

Touring the United Airlines Network Operation Center in Chicago

United launches new Network Operations Center


This one room in Atlanta acts as a mission control for all of Delta's planes

This is our video for dispatchers and explains the job


Southwest NOC

Jet Blue

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