AVSC 2180 Lesson 7 - Lesson 7 Flight Planning and Dispatch...

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Lesson 7 Flight Planning and Dispatch Communication is the key to success in all relationships; this especially applies in the aviation industry. Clear, concise communication is critical for all parties responsible for safe, efficient flight operations. Flight dispatchers and the pilot in command represent the first tier of individuals that facilitate successful flights. As per discussions in lecture three, in order to generate significant revenue and reduce operating costs, an airline must continually evaluate markets, how often and when to service them and the type of aircraft to assign to a specific route. Flight dispatchers, in addition to their responsibilities for flight operations, play an important role in analyzing the economic and logistical aspects of flight scheduling. They use automated computer programs that incorporate numerous logistical variables concurrently with economic or financial data in order to formulate the most efficient and cost effective flight schedules. Flight Dispatch and the System Operations Control Center (SOC) The heart of airline operations is the System Operations Control (SOC) center. The SOC provides critical services that include: • Slot right tracking at FAA and international slot-coordinated airports governing departure and arrival assignments • Code share analysis that emphasizes synergistic relationships with other airlines focusing on retaining and developing competitive advantages in key markets • Flight operations that develop flight schedules maximizing resource use and focusing on improving operating efficiencies while controlling costs and expenses Flight dispatchers are part of the SOC staff. They are responsible for planning and monitoring the progress of flight operations on the ground and in the air. A pilot in command and a dispatcher are legally responsible for flight safety. Dispatchers have tremendous authority and responsibility; they can delay, divert or cancel flights at any time. Dispatcher and pilot in command written authorization is required for release of all flights at controlled airports. This facilitates safety by providing a system of checks and balances. Flight Dispatch Applications Typically, governmental accreditation is required for all flight dispatchers. In order to obtain a license, dispatch candidates must demonstrate extensive knowledge in meteorology and aviation, to a level comparable to that of a pilot holding an airline transport pilot’s license; the highest level of aircraft pilot certification. History Flight Dispatch Systems (FDS) began with the advent of radio communication. Airline teletype systems used tele-printers, which are essentially electro-mechanical typewriters to send typed messages in the form of electrical impulses, from one location to another, over telephone lines. The airline industry employed teletype technology in the early 1920s, with radios stations at 10
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2011 for the course AVSC 2180 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Utah Valley University.

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AVSC 2180 Lesson 7 - Lesson 7 Flight Planning and Dispatch...

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