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Dispatcher Training

Fri Oct 22, 1999 12:24 am

I've seen a lot of noise around from different dispatcher training schools about which is better and why.. does anyone have any personal information as to which provides better training, and more importantly, better job placement? Do some airlines hire more from one school over another? The three I'm particularly interested in are AFDTC, Sheffield, and FlightSafety. If I were to choose today, I think I'd go for FlightSafety because of its reputation, but do they offer any sort of job search assistance? Any help would be appreciated..

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RE: Dispatcher Training

Fri Oct 22, 1999 7:16 am

Man, are you in luck!

I'm a designated examiner, and I've worked with two of the schools you mentioned, and a couple of others. In my experience, AFDTC has the better program.

Flighty Safety appears to be new to the dispatching world, and I was not terribly impressed with their program. I was somewhat surprised, as I also thought their reputation inferred a good product, but alas, I didn't see that in the end. In fairness, it's been a couple of years since I was at FS, and perhaps they've made some changes--I don't know. FS (at that time) was more expensive, and maybe still is, but I wasn't impressed with the bang-for-the-buck there.

As far as job placement, nobody, and I do mean NOBODY, can promise any school graduate a job. Most schools do get visits from some airlines that hire folks right out of school. Most airlines prefer to hire from within their own ranks as an upgrade path, and to get folks who know their own airline inside and out. All airlines are unique, even if they are flying the same equipment. There are a couple of schools out there who have reputations for being license factories, but I'm sure everyone could say that about any school to some degree.

Lots's more to tell ya, but I gotta run. Check out the website for the Airline Dispatchers Federation (ADF) at www.dispatcher.org and you can also email me at mgmonse@yahoo.com
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.

RE: Dispatcher Training

Fri Oct 22, 1999 10:52 am

I went to AFDTC in Dallas. I found it to be very complete and thorough. As far as job placement, airlines are in constant contact with the school. It is very easy to make contact and get at least an interview with them. I was fortunate enough to get on with my first choice of airline. ADIOS