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Significant logistical planning is necessary for the safe and efficient operation of business aircraft. There are complex and shifting schedules that need to be accommodated and multiple requests that need to be met, not to mention regulatory requirements, weather considerations, and even air traffic control variables. With all of these issues demanding attention, many companies have chosen to employ a scheduler or dispatcher.
Schedulers and dispatchers are often referred to by a number of other titles – flight coordinators and trip specialists, among others. Regardless of the title - or whether or not there is a designated, full-time employee for scheduling duties - those who do coordinate business aircraft travel schedules must have a unique knowledge and skill set that allows them to sift through the details and help companies manage travel effectively.
For additional guidance on whether your flight department should employ an aircraft scheduler or dispatcher, review Reasons to Use a Scheduler/Dispatcher.
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee works to further the professional growth and opportunities for business aviation professionals involved in the coordinated scheduling and dispatch of aircraft. Learn more.
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference is an annual event offering workshops, breakout sessions, networking venues and other opportunities to help schedulers and dispatchers enhance their professionalism. Learn more.
NBAA Resources for the Scheduler
- Guide to SIFL Calculation
- An Introduction to Traffic Flow Management
- Business Aviation Security Programs
- Schedulers & Dispatchers Air Mail
- Regional Business Aviation Group Directory
For Schedulers, Flawless Handoffs Require Clear Communications
Feb. 22, 2016
Trips may last days, but schedulers and dispatchers work from shift to shift. Logically, a successful trip hinges heavily on how schedulers handle handoffs at the end of the day or the end of a shift. A successful shift transition involves providing a clear briefing to the next person on what to expect during the following shift, including an overview of what could go wrong and how to avoid delays and weather. For more scheduling tips, read the January/February 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.