What is a typical workday like for flight dispatcher jobs?
A typical day in flight dispatcher jobs will include monitoring multiple aircraft from a central monitoring desk inside an airport tower. Each day includes receiving radio communications from pilots and ground crews to make sure planes take off and land safely. In addition to monitoring the activities of the local airport, flight dispatchers are in constant contact with other geographic locations to make sure those planes that are in the air do not collide. Emergencies are handled equally by the flight dispatchers and pilots. Flight dispatchers use a variety of electronic equipment, including radar screens and computer-aided communication systems, to monitor all activity in and around the airport. They often spend long hours, with shifts as long as 10 hours, making sure that all reporting, flights and communications go smoothly around the clock.