The Aircraft Dispatcher is a licensed airman certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
He/She has joint responsibility with the captain for the safety and operational control of flights under his/her guidance.
He/She authorizes, regulates and controls commercial airline flights according to government and company regulations to expedite and ensure safety of flight.
He/She is also responsible for economics, passenger service and operational control of day to day flight operations.
He/She analyzes and evaluates meteorological information to determine potential hazards to safety of flight and to select the most desirable and economic route of flight.
He/She computes the amount of fuel required for the safe completion of flight according to type of aircraft, distance of flight, maintenance limitations, weather conditions and minimum fuel requirements prescribed by federal aviation regulations.
He/She prepares 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 flight.
He/She prepares and signs the dispatch release which is the legal document providing authorization for a flight to depart.
He/She delays or cancels flights if unsafe conditions threaten the safety of his/her aircraft or passengers.
He/She monitors weather conditions, aircraft position reports, and aeronautical navigation charts to evaluate the progress of flight.
He/She updates the pilot in command of significant changes to weather or flight plan and recommends flight plan alternates, such as changing course, altitude and, if required, enroute landings in the interest of safety and economy.
He/She originates and disseminates flight information to others in his/her company including stations and reservations. This is the source of information provided to the traveling public.
He/She has undergone extensive training to have earned the coveted Aircraft Dispatcher's certificate having taken and passed both an extensive oral examination and the comprehensive Dispatch ADX test, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration. These tests are equivalent to the same Air Transport Pilot (ATP) written and oral examinations that an airline captain must successfully complete.
He/She participates in frequent and detailed recurrent training courses covering aircraft systems, company operations policy, meteorology and Federal Air Regulations as required by the FAA.
Upon my honor I pledge that I shall conscientiously exercise the rights and duties conferred upon me as a certified dispatcher with primary concern for the safety of the lives and preservation of the property affected by my decisions. In the performance of my duties I shall never approve the operation of a flight which in my considered opinion is hazardous.
I PLEDGE, also, to follow with unremitting attention the progress of each flight under my control. I shall be alert to warn the captain of unforeseen meteorological developments, unexpected losses of navigational aids or sudden changes in traffic and field conditions which might adversely affect the successful completion of his trip. In addition, I shall be prepared to offer, unsolicited, an alternative plan of action to him when the original plan cannot be followed. In an emergency, I shall be prepared to make full and immediate use of the facilities available to me to aid the stricken flight.
I PLEDGE, finally, to keep pace with the latest advances in the science of aeronautics and supplementary fields of study relevant to my responsibility so that my competency as a dispatcher which depends upon knowledge of such subjects will be maintained.
Thi sounds good to me. I would rather be a TRACON controller though. But, if this appeals to you, go for it!