How Flight Dispatchers Ensure Flight Safety

DALLAS – A flight dispatcher, also known as an airline dispatcher or a flight operations officer (FOO), is a licensed airman who shares flight planning, releasing, and flight-following responsibilities with a pilot in command (PIC).

In coordination with the flight crew, he or she works in the airline’s operations center to make sure that the flight is properly prepared, takes off, is operated, and progresses safely while abiding by airspace and operational restrictions until it reaches its destination.

The duties of flight operations officers are outlined in the International Civil Aviation Organization—ICAO Annex 6 Operation of Aircraft Part 1 provision 4.6.

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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