For furloughed and laid off workers interested in a new career in aviation, the Jeppesen FAA Dispatcher Certification training course is now approved by several different Colorado and Utah State Works programs. Providing 100 percent funding for the training course for approved applicants, the state subsidy includes all tuition, supplies and FAA examination fees needed for the aircraft dispatcher profession.

Jeppesen, the Englewood, Colo.-headquartered global industry leader in navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions, offers training for numerous careers in the aviation and navigation industries. Costs for the six-week FAA Dispatcher Certification training course normally are $4,500 per person.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified aircraft dispatchers are equipped with a body of knowledge that is applicable to many aviation careers. The dispatcher plays a critical role in maintaining aviation safety and efficiency, working in Airline Operations Control (AOC) centers worldwide.

The airline dispatcher shares operational control of each airline flight with the pilot in command, and is responsible for preparing the flight “release” - considering the required amount of fuel for each flight, the aircraft performance capabilities, distances, maintenance limitations, weather conditions, airport and runway conditions, navigational capabilities, regulatory conditions and many other factors in assisting with pre-flight preparation. After takeoff, the dispatcher is then responsible for monitoring each flight’s progress, to ensure each flight is operated in compliance with government and airline company regulations.

The licensed aircraft dispatcher will need to pass written, oral and practical examinations from the FAA or National Aviation Administration, which the Jeppesen training course prepares students to complete. After certification, dispatchers receive additional training from airline employers, normally 40 to 160 hours of instruction, plus on-the-job training.

The FAA Dispatcher written exam is similar to the FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) exam, so current pilots are able to refresh their knowledge and examine new career options. The next six-week FAA Dispatcher Certification training course at Jeppesen is scheduled for March 15 through April 23, 2010. Those interested in the training program are able to view further information by visiting www.jeppesen.com/faadispatcher or calling 303-328-4423.

For more information on the industry-leading navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions provided by Jeppesen, please visit www.jeppesen.com.

About Jeppesen
For more than 75 years Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers essential information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air, sea and rail operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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