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Mainline_or_bust

Airplanes fly on PFM, Change my mind
awesome, thanks for the opinions/responses. I know a lot of our pilots fly for the airlines without issue but I'd imagine their schedules are a little different than dispatchers. Anyway, it's nice to hear the positive feedback. I know the military service could help to an extent with networking and such, I was just concerned about causing any issues early on being a rookie and needing more time off than everyone else. I fly on C-5s so our trips don't always go quite on time, haha. But thanks again, your opinions are much appreciated!
I know of a Lt. Col in the Air Guard, a Dispatch manager, who has reached out to other managers at regionals and cargo carriers trying to help his guys in the Guard out. As others have said military shouldn’t matter. If it does, don’t work there and if it were my shop there would be some choice words said to the person not being accommodating by me and many others from our group. 5% of any group causes 95% of the problems, probably the exact same applies here. Good luck!!!
 

van12

Member
I was involved with their transition from Phoenix to Greensboro. It was a mess and this was back in 2016 so things may have changed. There was times were we didn't even know the aircraft was off the ground or if it had landed yet. They did a lot of deportation type flights in addition to other customers I can't remember. The flight tracking system was not your conventional gnat views which made it more difficult to track but it was color coded, not that it helped any. Again this is my opinion and things I'm hoping have changed but if not I would ask for a visit and check out the operation if you can.
If I got a tour--what would I be looking for to gauge if this is a good place to start?
 

QXSOUP

Well-Known Member
Prescott you gotta have a secret clearance. They do LOTS of secret squirrel •. A mere mortal cannot work there.
 

elbowroom

New Member
New here. I've been seriously looking at dispatch as a career and am now on the search for a good school/class. I'm leaning towards Jeppesen. On their class calendar they have a day set aside for taking the ADX written test, however, I've seen multiple people on this forum say to get that test done with and out of the way before even attending school. Is this a good idea?
 

autosave36

Well-Known Member
New here. I've been seriously looking at dispatch as a career and am now on the search for a good school/class. I'm leaning towards Jeppesen. On their class calendar they have a day set aside for taking the ADX written test, however, I've seen multiple people on this forum say to get that test done with and out of the way before even attending school. Is this a good idea?
If you can do it, do it. Just one less thing to worry about. I did a 12 week school that did the first 6 weeks of test prep, and the last 6 weeks prep for the practical. If you're just doing a 5-6 week course. Get that sucker done quick.
 

womanpilot73

Well-Known Member
New here. I've been seriously looking at dispatch as a career and am now on the search for a good school/class. I'm leaning towards Jeppesen. On their class calendar they have a day set aside for taking the ADX written test, however, I've seen multiple people on this forum say to get that test done with and out of the way before even attending school. Is this a good idea?
If you’re seriously considering Jeppesen, I’d show up ready to take the test, but wait to take it with the class since it’s included in the cost of the course. That way you aren’t paying for it twice or killing yourself every night to prep for that in addition to all the other studies. Then a few days prior to taking it, run through multiple practice tests with the software as a refresher.


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PapaMike

Active Member
How much time should you give yourself to study for the ADX before you start a dispatcher program at like IFOD??
If you use Sheppard Air, there are about 1,500 questions. It took 3 weeks for me to memorize all the questions and answers and got a 96% on my ADX exam. It could've been a lot shorter if I wasn't so lazy. Only saw 1 new question on the exam and got my money back from them.
 

Kwesidbz21

New Member
If you use Sheppard Air, there are about 1,500 questions. It took 3 weeks for me to memorize all the questions and answers and got a 96% on my ADX exam. It could've been a lot shorter if I wasn't so lazy. Only saw 1 new question on the exam and got my money back from them.
Ok because planning on going to their Sept 30th class and want to make sure I still got enough time if I start studying soon.
 

PapaMike

Active Member
Ok because planning on going to their Sept 30th class and want to make sure I still got enough time if I start studying soon.
Just be aware that some of the questions take quite some time to learn/memorize so definitely start as soon as you can. Good luck!
 

van12

Member
I can't decide if I want to graduate Nov 1 or Dec 15. Anyone think either month would have a hiring advantage?
 

EchoBravo11

New Member
Sorry if this has been answered before but I’m curious as to why regional job postings have been quite frequent? I got my DX license at the beginning of this year and have been sitting on it so far. I currently work for the LUV airline in ground operations and have several years here. I went for the most recent opening for dispatch but didn’t make the cut this go around. Since the beginning of this year I’ve kept a weekly eye on job openings online for all carriers and have noticed most regionals accepting applications multiple times since January. Is this due to growth or turnover? I’ve been considering jumping ship and working for a regional in dispatch but this has me concerned. I’ll be taking a pay cut but it will be alright as I’ve wanted to be a dispatcher for some time now so it will be doing what I’ve always wanted. Just concerned why there are such frequent openings. I know I’ve read that the regional workload can be quite stressful so could that be why? Just trying to make sure I make the right move here. Also I receive quite good benefits and a generous 401k match at WN can I expect the same working at most regionals? Thanks for any info.
 

DispatcherSam

NOTAMed OTS
Sorry if this has been answered before but I’m curious as to why regional job postings have been quite frequent? I got my DX license at the beginning of this year and have been sitting on it so far. I currently work for the LUV airline in ground operations and have several years here. I went for the most recent opening for dispatch but didn’t make the cut this go around. Since the beginning of this year I’ve kept a weekly eye on job openings online for all carriers and have noticed most regionals accepting applications multiple times since January. Is this due to growth or turnover? I’ve been considering jumping ship and working for a regional in dispatch but this has me concerned. I’ll be taking a pay cut but it will be alright as I’ve wanted to be a dispatcher for some time now so it will be doing what I’ve always wanted. Just concerned why there are such frequent openings. I know I’ve read that the regional workload can be quite stressful so could that be why? Just trying to make sure I make the right move here. Also I receive quite good benefits and a generous 401k match at WN can I expect the same working at most regionals? Thanks for any info.
It could be for attrition or growth, the regionals generally are a revolving door. The majors have been hiring a bit so that factors in.
 
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