Technically speaking..I think the greatest challenge for being a regional airline dispatcher for me is to come up with a legal flight plan but also a smart flight plan that is obviously acceptable to the crew, for me but also for the airline.
I have my certificate. I know my FAA regulations. It's not hard for me to come up with a legal flight plan that includes the fuel numbers the flight absolutely needs. The computer does most of that anyways.
However, is it a smart flight plan? Have I considered all the things that I can reasonably expect to happen? How about extensive taxi time in ATL
..Airborne holding coming into ATL
at 9 am in the morning? How would I comply with ATC reroute to DFW
around the weather..Is that fog really going to burn off as forecasted? Is it wise to go now? Do I have a good alternate? How about passenger comfort in turbulent air? I think all of this will come with experience.
On the other hand, as a dispatcher I need to look at the economical aspects of the airline operation without sacrificing the acceptable level of safety. The airline expects me to run my flights on time and will come after me for weather cancellations, denied boardings and any extra fuel that needs proper justification. What can I say the airline is out there to make money. Balancing all of that may sometimes be difficult.
[Edited 2004-05-27 14:58:27]