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Load Controller Questions

Sat Mar 31, 2001 8:04 pm

Where can i get information on being a Load Controller from. Do you know of any web-sites devoted to this position.

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RE: Load Controller Questions

Tue Apr 03, 2001 7:04 pm


Being a loadcontroller is a very interesting job. I will graduate as an aerospace engineer in a few months and at the moment, I'm having a hard time choosing between the "real aircraft maintenance" or a job in the aircraft operations brach (to which being a loadcontroller belongs).

Anyway, I have been a loadcontroller for almost a year during 1999 at Aviapartner ground handling agent at BRU. This was on a free-lance basis, mostly during the weekends and school holidays because I was studying at the same time. However, I can assure you that this was the most interesting year of my life. It is one of the most interesting jobs at an airport.

I received my training by the company itself and a lot on-the-job training as well.

You need the following qualifications:

1. Basic OPS: a/c turnaround, ramp equipment, manual weight and balance calculation, description of the various other handling departments you will have to deal with, etc...

2. IATA dangerous goods certificate: how to load dangerous goods on the a/c, what is allowed and what not, etc...

3. ULD and locks control: how to handle containers and pallets, how to secure them in the a/c.

4. Special cargo loading procedures: how to load heavy stuff, load spreading, etc...

With all this, you can start. Off course, as you build up experience, you will be allowed to do more and take more courses/exams.
Generally after about a year or so you can start thinking about taking the course for computer calculated loadsheets (if your boss allowes you).

I don't know about any online courses. You should know that most of the training is given by IATA approved training staff and that is costs your company a fortune (about $500 a day for each trainee is a common figure).

I was writing a post about the various responsabilities of a loadcontroller in your "Load Controllers" topic. However it is quite a lot, I will finish it tonight and post it tomorrow.

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RE: Load Controller Questions

Tue Apr 03, 2001 10:17 pm

Another possibility to receive training as a "load controller" is the Armed Forces of your home country. If they fly any airlift acft there will a position in which you will be trained in the responsibilities Aerokid mentioned, known as a "Loadmaster", and most of the time they fly with the Acft they maintain operations on. Arnand, I checked your profile and it says you are a resident of Barbados. It is my understanding that you can enlist in either the USAF or the RAF for one tour (around 4 years) without being required to change your citizenship. If you run into problems receiving training from the Civil side of operations, that may be a viable option to get where you want to go. If you would like more info, feel free to e-mail me and I will send you links for both.
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RE: Load Controller Questions

Tue Apr 03, 2001 10:25 pm


Do you mean loadmaster, as in cargo flights or the weight and balance for passenger flights?

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RE: Load Controller Questions

Tue Apr 03, 2001 11:39 pm

Aerokid is just about spot-on in his description of what Load control entails. I've been a load controller/Dispatcher for Servisair for about a year now and still find the job interesting. Being based at Manchester I get the chance to deal with a huge variety of different airlines and aircraft.

As far as computerised systems go, I use KLM's CODECO system which allows you to check you are not making a complete cock-up as the flight progresses, i.e as pax check in, baggage distribution is planned, fuel figures are entered, cargo is loaded etc, before you produce a computerised loadsheet for the flight deck.

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RE: Reichy

Wed Apr 04, 2001 12:14 am

A Loadmaster in the military does both. When the acft is carrying cargo, they create a load plan, coordinate ground movement and distribution, load and balance the aircraft, fly to the next destination, and offload, then start over again for the next load of outbound cargo. When Passengers are carried, in addition to everything else, they board, brief, and monitor the safety of all PAX on board. Loadmasters are also in charge of military airdrop procedures, in-flight jettison of cargo in an emergency, and act as a liaison for the Flight Engineers (if used) and pilots for the status of the cargo and passengers. They also work with aerial port personnel to develop long-term and large-scale continuing cargo and passenger movement plans throughout the bases of operation. They are also responsible for classifying and safety of hazardous cargo, reg mail, and signature service deliveries. Before every flight, they also prepare a loadsheet and briefing for the Pilots. It's basically a Load Controller, Baggage / Cargo Handler, Ground handler, and Dispatcher all rolled into one.
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