What does an Aircraft Dispatcher Do?

Aircraft Dispatchers are required to earn an FAA certificate and are primarily employed by airlines, usually in the Airline Operations Center (AOC) or Systems Operations Center (SOC).

They accomplish the load planning, weather, and fuel planning, air traffic control considerations, TSA and security compliance for the flight, routing, and they file the flight plan with the FAA. Dispatchers then prepare a "release" and release the flight to the Captain. They monitor the flight while it is in progress, and communicate with the crew on any weather, routing, security, or company issues that might arise and facilitate any needed changes.