Mar 21, 2023
The Aircraft Dispatcher degree prepares graduates for employment as Aircraft Dispatchers in fixed base operator (FBO), airline, or corporate flight operations. Aircraft Dispatchers are responsible for important aspects of flight planning, including routing, weather forecasting, aircraft performance and loading, fuel calculations, and aircrew and aircraft scheduling. These professionals typically work in a flight operations center and perform flight following to provide assistance to pilots if weather conditions or other criteria necessitate route changes.
Type of Credential
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Contacts and Additional Information
CCBC Catonsville, Doug Williams
443-840-5498 or email@example.com
Assistant Program Director
CCBC Catonsville, Chris Komsa
443-840-4209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Air Traffic Control Program Manager
CCBC Catonsville, Joe Eichelberger
443-840-4463 or email@example.com
CCBC Catonsville, Pete Waters
443-840-5188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the Aviation Technology Department
443-840-4157 or email@example.com
- FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program
- FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative program
- FAA approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program
- Designated Statewide Programs include only the credit certificates and the Flight Operations Management degree.
- Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC Aviation Technology website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.
- Flight Training courses approved under FAA Part 141.
- Some Aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.
- Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Aviation Technology, see Departmental Exam and Articulated Credit by Industry/Apprenticeship. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
- Articulation and Transfer Agreements (There are no program specific agreements currently.)
CCBC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland. If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the CCBC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state. If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, click here .
This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .
Courses Needed for This Program*
General Education Requirements and Electives - 19 Credits
General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:
Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses . One course must be a Diversity course.
- Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
- Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
Program Requirements - 41 Credits
Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*
*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.
The Aircraft Dispatcher degree prepares graduates for employment as Aircraft Dispatchers in fixed base operator (FBO), airline, or corporate flight operations. Aircraft Dispatchers are responsible for important aspects of flight planning including routing, weather forecasting, aircraft performance, cargo and passenger loading, fuel calculations, and aircrew and aircraft scheduling. These professionals typically work in a flight operations center and perform flight following to provide assistance to pilots if weather conditions or other criteria necessitate route changes.
This degree includes an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course, which is authorized to provide endorsements for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher practical test administered at CCBC.
Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.
Some aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will:
- be certified as a licensed FAA Aircraft Dispatcher;
- be qualified for employment with regional and major airlines, corporate flight departments, charter or cargo operators, fixed base operators, aviation training centers, or with a government agency or military service; and
- be qualified for employment for non-aviation positions available with other transportation related services, law enforcement, or other federal, state, and local agencies.
Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- demonstrate leadership, teamwork, managerial, and organizational skills within the aviation industry;
- analyze and assess airline and airport operations, government regulations, and safety and environmental concerns to plan and implement appropriate strategic and tactical business methodologies;
- demonstrate flight proficiency, safety, and procedural skills to obtain FAA licensure required to secure a position as a commercial pilot or flight instructor; and
- communicate clearly and decisively using standard aviation pilot-controller phraseology.