2.04 Flight Dispatcher

Reports to:  Manager, Flight Dispatch


A Flight Dispatcher, qualified as per Canadian Aviation Regulations section CAR 705.110 and CASS 725.20 AND CASS 725.124 assigned the responsibility of exercising safe and efficient operational control over (name of air operator) flights in conjunction with the Pilot-in-Command, on behalf of the Operations Manager.

Responsible for:

Exercising operational control in a Complex Type A (or Type B) Operational Control System CASS 725.20.

  • Exercising operational control on a co-authority basis with the pilot-in-command, and for the joint responsibility of the safe efficient planning and monitoring of a flight.
  • The developing, reviewing, authorizing, issuing and revising, as required, of the Operational Flight Plan for all scheduled and nonscheduled flights inclusive of training and test flight operations, in keeping with Safety, Regulatory, Customer Service, and Corporate fiscal requirements.
  • Authorizing the release of an aircraft to operate in accordance with the terms and conditions established by the Operational Flight Plan.
  • Analyzing operational conditions and identify any opportunities that may constrain impede or benefit operational capabilities inclusive of, but not limited to weather, facilities, Air Traffic Control, and aircraft performance.
  • Performing Operational Flight Watch and for determining if changes to operational and meteorological conditions may affect the safety of flights within a prescribed area or on assigned routes, and for communicating those changes to the Pilot-in-Command.
  • Formulating and implementing revised Operational Flight Plans when conditions warrant, and for communicating the revised plans to the Pilot-in-Command.
  • Analyzing operational and meteorological conditions to evaluate and determine the safest and most efficient minimum fuel requirement.
  • When requested or deemed necessary, to provide the Pilot-in-Command with a thorough and professional flight crew briefing, covering all significant information which may impact the operation of his flight.
  • Soliciting, interpreting, and maintaining current flight and field condition reports to provide flight crews with the latest operational information.
  • Capturing up-to-date flight progress information of assigned flight movements (Flight Watch) and to ensure that the flight movement information is both current and accurate.
  • Providing Weight and Balance (if applicable) with a flight release, which includes total fuel requirements and aircraft weight limitations that maximizes revenue payload potential while satisfying all Safety standards.
  • Communicating to Air Traffic Control Services all Operational Flight Plan requirements.
  • Initiating Accident Alarm Procedures, and assessing and issuing Flight Incident Category Reports, as required, inclusive of the Corporate notification process and maintaining a written log during the incident.
  • Resolving with Maintenance Control, the pilot-in-command, Flight Operations Management Pilots as required, problems caused by any aircraft deviation from standard which may limit or impact flight operational capabilities, and to communicate any operational limitations to the Operations Co-ordination and respective operating Branches, as required.
  • Apprising Maintenance Control, Operations Coordination, other affected Flight Dispatchers, and Flight Operations Management Pilots if warranted, of any reported deviations from standard which occur during flight and which could impact down line scheduling integrity.
  • During irregular operations, congruent when practical with the Pilot-in-Command and in consultation with the Operations Coordination implementing flight delays when conditions warrant, recommending flight cancellations, and initiating alternative plans.
  • Initiating and coordinating airport handling when diversions to off line airports are required.
  • Communication with the Operations Coordination providing timely analysis of meteorological risk which may reasonably be anticipated to impact local and/or system operations including aircraft on layover.
  • Providing and communicating revised Operational Flight Plans to optimize revenue payload potential while maintaining adequate Safety standards.
  • Administering, managing, and implementing economic petroleum policies to maximize corporate profitability, subject to operational constraints and within proper Safety parameters.
  • Securing curfew breaks, as required, from Transport Canada during irregular operations.
  • Coordinating all planning aspects of both test and training flights.
  • Ensuring, on day-of-flight, that the Flight Dispatch function performs safe and efficient Operational Control in accordance with all Canadian and foreign governmental rules and regulations, Company flight operating manuals, and Corporate policies and procedures.
  • Liaison with the Flight Dispatch Manager, for the purposes of maintaining dispatch standard operating procedures and all applicable sections of the Company Flight Operations Manual.
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