Dispatch… do you work in the tower?
The Dispatcher, while employed by the airline, is charged by the FAA to ensure each commercial flight is planned and operated safely in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
PAFCA-UAL represents the nearly 175 FAA certificated Aircraft Dispatchers at United. This specialized group, many of whom are licensed pilots, former air traffic control personnel and military airmen, share equally with the Pilot in Command, responsibility for the safe conduct of each the flight.
PAFCA-UAL Dispatchers release on average 1,700 daily flights throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and as of December 2004, the first direct U.S. airline service to Vietnam via Hong Kong.
Preflight analysis begins for each flight approximately two hours before scheduled departure. At this time, a flight release is generated for review by the Pilot in Command and a flight plan sent to the appropriate ATC facilities. After review and in some cases a personal briefing, the Pilot in Command will authorize flight by signing the Dispatch release. From this point forward the Dispatcher will monitor weather and airport conditions along the planned route of flight considering any information that would require changes or amendments to the original operating plan. This information is then conveyed to the Pilot.