Want to begin the process of studying for ADX...

Fireyafterburner

New Member
I started a flight follower position in Teterboro, NJ at Jet Aviation about 6 months ago. I was searching for a position like this as it is a step towards a dispatcher position at a regional/legacy airline. I like the position I'm in for the most part, however we definitely deal with the clients (not just pilots) more than I thought. It's my first real job after college so I'm really new to all this stuff. Now I think I am ready to start preparing for the ADX written and it was suggested to me to buy Sheppard Air to study. I was told that I should pass the written on my own and then take the in class portion at ATP or FlightSafety. I was also told I might be able to get a reduced rate on the class portion if I already came in with my written done. However my parents are a little skeptical about whether the test really opens doors to new opportunities. I've also met people who say dispatch is mostly automated now and dispatcher positions aren't what they used to be. Not that I believe all that... but I've heard this being said by some. Anyways, I appreciate any feedback.

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QXSOUP

Well-Known Member
A. Getting the written out of the way BEFORE you go is the best thing you can do. It is going to save you a lot of time and allow you to concentrate on getting the oral/practical done.
B. While the job is automated more now than ever, this job is NOT going away. There is still very much a human interface needed for this job, plus the whole operational control thing.
 

paincorp

Active Member
The certificate does open doors. I had my first dispatch offer 9 days after passing my test with the FAA examiner. I also had two other interviews lined up and a request for a third.

The flight following will definitely give you a leg up on other candidates, but of the ones in my Ground School, I’m the only one with 121 experience. One has limited part 91, and the rest have a few flight hours towards their private license.


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Fireyafterburner

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The certificate does open doors. I had my first dispatch offer 9 days after passing my test with the FAA examiner. I also had two other interviews lined up and a request for a third.

The flight following will definitely give you a leg up on other candidates, but of the ones in my Ground School, I’m the only one with 121 experience. One has limited part 91, and the rest have a few flight hours towards their private license.


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Thanks this really helps. Time to get started:)
 

JeppUpdater

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My wife did the written prior to going to school for the certificate and had a lot more time to focus on studying and prepping for the practical than the classmates who were also trying to grind for the written.

As far as study material, Sheppard Air is hard to beat for passing a written, but it’s a mental memory game. You have to do real studying on the side to actually understand the concepts vs. passing on rote memory alone.

Though there are only so many legal “Dispatcher” positions, the certificate will give you some excellent experience and make you stand out from the dozen other applicants at positions for 91 or 135 departments (or even 121 airlines) who lack it. Good luck.
 
I am seeing this issue a bunch in our training. We have many students who are waiting until the last minute to study for their written. It is hard enough to study all the content, let alone the written. Get it out of the way as early as possible and you will be in much better shape.
 
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