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VOLUME 3  GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION

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CHAPTER 63  FAA-APPROVED AIRCRAFT DISPATCHER CERTIFICATION COURSES

Section 1  General Regulatory Requirements

3-4974    BACKGROUND. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65 contains requirements for certification of airmen other than pilots. Specifically, part 65 subpart C contains requirements for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)‑approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses. These certification courses provide the training that satisfies the training requirements of part 65, § 65.57(b). Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses must meet the applicable requirements of part 65 subpart A and part 65 subpart C and must provide certification training on the topics and subtopics required by part 65 appendix A. Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses are not certificated by the FAA. The FAA approves Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses on an individual basis. A listing of “Approved Courses for Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification” in a PDF can be found on the FAA’s public website at https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/schools/.

3-4975    SCOPE. This section contains only the general regulatory requirements that apply to aircraft dispatcher certification and Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses. More detailed information regarding specific standards and requirements are contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Sections 2 and 3, and the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC) 65-34, FAA-Approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses.

3-4976    APPROVING OFFICE. For the purposes of this chapter, an FAA Flight Standards office that approves and manages an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course will be referred to as the “approving office.”

3-4977    ADDITIONAL POLICY.

A.    FAA Resources. Guidance regarding the necessary FAA resources to approve, renew, and maintain oversight of an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course is contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Section 2.

B.    Approval, Renewal, and Oversight. Policy specific to approval, renewal, and oversight of part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certifications Courses is contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Section 3.

C.    Certification of Aircraft Dispatchers. Policy specific to the certification of aircraft dispatchers and the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test is contained in Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 10.

D.    Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiners (DADE). Policy specific to managing DADEs and the duties and responsibilities of DADEs is contained in Volume 13, Chapter 3.

E.    English Language Requirements. The current edition of AC 60-28, FAA English Language Standard for an FAA Certificate Issued Under 14 CFR Parts 61, 63, 65, and 107, contains requirements and guidelines related to English language skills for aircraft dispatchers certificated under part 65.

F.    Information for Course Operators. The current edition of AC 65-34 contains information for potential and existing Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operators.

3-4978    PART 65 SUBPART C REQUIREMENTS.

A.    Requirement to Carry an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate. In accordance with § 65.51, a person acting as an aircraft dispatcher by exercising responsibility with the pilot in command (PIC) in the operational control of a civil aircraft involved in air commerce must carry on his or her person an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate issued by the FAA. In addition, each person who holds an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate must present it for inspection upon request of the Administrator, an authorized representative of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), or any Federal, state, or local law enforcement agency.

B.    Eligibility for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate. To be eligible for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, an applicant must be at least 23 years of age and must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. Applicants must meet all of the requirements of § 65.53.

C.    Knowledge Requirements. An applicant for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate must meet the knowledge requirements of § 65.55 and must pass the Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test (ADX Knowledge Test). In accordance with § 65.53, to be eligible to take the ADX Knowledge Test a person must be at least 21 years of age.

D.    Experience or Training Requirements. An applicant for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate must meet the experience or training requirements of § 65.57. Details on these requirements are contained in Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 10.

E.    Skill Requirements. An applicant for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate must pass an Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test given by the Administrator (or his/her designee). The Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test must be based on any one type of large aircraft used in air carrier operations. The practical test must be based on the current edition of the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards (PTS). The FAA publishes the Aircraft Dispatcher PTS, which is based on the requirements of part 65 appendix A.

3-4979    AIRCRAFT DISPATCHER CERTIFICATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS.

A.    Content and Minimum Hours. In accordance with § 65.61, an FAA‑approved part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course must provide instruction in the areas of knowledge and topics listed in part 65 appendix A and provide a minimum of 200 hours of instruction.

1)    Course Outline. An applicant for approval or renewal of an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course must submit an outline that describes the major topics and subtopics to be covered and the number of hours proposed for each. Subject requirements for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course are contained in part 65 appendix A.
2)    Additional Subjects to Those Contained in Part 65 Appendix A. An Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator may include additional subjects to those required by part 65 appendix A. However, those additional subjects may not be included in the minimum of 200 hours of instruction. Any hours of instruction devoted to subjects/topics not listed in part 65 appendix A must be in addition to the minimum required 200 hours.
3)    Student Credit for Previous Experience or Training. For the purpose of completing an approved course, § 65.61(d) allows a student to substitute previous experience or training towards the minimum 200 hours of instruction. In accordance with this regulation, it is up to the course operator to determine the number of hours of credit based on an evaluation of the student’s experience or training and to determine if it is comparable to portions of the approved course curriculum. The credit allowed, including the total hours and the basis for it, must be placed in the student’s record required by § 65.70(a). More detailed information regarding a course operator’s methods of providing student credit are contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Section 3.

B.    Application, Duration, and Other General Requirements. In accordance with § 65.63, application for original approval or for renewal of an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course must be:

    Made in writing to the Flight Standards office responsible for approving the course;

    Accompanied by a description of the equipment and facilities to be used;

    Accompanied by a list of the instructors and their qualifications; and

    Made 30 days prior to the month in which the course approval expires (for an application for renewal only).

1)    Duration. FAA approval of an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course lasts until the last day of the 24th month from the month the approval was issued.
2)    Cancellation or Withdrawal.
a)    An FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator may request cancellation of its course approval. The request must be made in writing to the FAA approving office. FAA approval will be cancelled immediately upon request by the operator.
b)    If the FAA withdraws approval of a course, the approving office will notify the course operator in writing and provide the reason(s) for withdrawal, along with the date on which the withdrawal becomes effective. See Volume 3, Chapter 63, Section 3 for information regarding cancellation or withdrawal of a course approval.
3)    Change in Ownership. If any change in ownership of the part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course occurs, continued approval of the course is contingent upon the following:
a)    Within 10 days after the date that any change in ownership occurs, the course operator must apply for an appropriate amendment to the original approval or renewal that was based on the previous owner.
b)    There is no change in facilities, personnel, or content of the approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course involved.
4)    Change in Name or Location. If any change in name or location of an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course occurs, continued approval is contingent upon the course operator notifying the approving office in writing within 10 days after the date of the change. Detailed information regarding a change in course location is contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Sections 2 and 3, and the current edition of AC 65-34.

C.    Training Facilities. In accordance with § 65.65, this order, and the current edition of AC 65-34, each FAA‑approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator or course applicant must have facilities, equipment, and materials adequate to provide each student the theoretical and practical aspects of aircraft dispatching. Students must be provided with adequate workspace, equipment, and materials to complete intricate calculations related to aircraft performance and flight planning. The work space must provide each student with enough room to properly use all necessary aeronautical charts and reference materials. An Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course training facility must be available for inspection by the Administrator. In addition, each Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course training facility, including all training rooms and spaces used, must:

    Be temperature controlled;

    Be lighted;

    Be ventilated;

    Be free from distraction; and

    Conform to all local building, sanitation, and health codes.

D.    Personnel. In accordance with § 65.67, each Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator or applicant must meet the following personnel requirements:

1)    Qualified Instructors. An Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator or applicant must have adequate qualified instructors to ensure that the student‑to‑instructor ratio does not exceed 25 to 1. At least one instructor must hold an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate and must be available to coordinate all training course instruction.
2)    Practical Dispatch Applications. The instructor who teaches the Practical Dispatch Applications area required by part 65 appendix A must hold an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.

E.    Records. An Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator must maintain a record for each student. These records must be made available for inspection by the Administrator at any time.

1)    Student Log. Each student record must maintain a chronological log for each student that lists all instructors who provided the student with training, subjects covered, course examinations, and results.
2)    Hours of Instruction. Each student record must include the total number of hours of instruction provided. Any credit for previous experience or training allowable by § 65.61(d) must be included in the record, along with the basis for the credit and the number of hours credited.
3)    Record Retention. Each Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator must maintain each student record for at least 3 years after each student’s graduation.
4)    Annual Report. An Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator must prepare an annual report for its records and for transmission to the approving office. The course operator must transmit the annual report no later than January 31 of each year. Each annual report must contain the following information from the previous year:

    The names of all students who graduated, along with the results of their Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses.

    The names of all of the students who failed or withdrew, along with the results of their Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses or the reasons for their withdrawal.

5)    Written Statement of Graduation. An FAA‑approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course operator must provide each student who successfully completes the course with a written statement of graduation, which is valid for 90 days. The course operator may revalidate the statement of graduation for an additional 90 days in accordance with § 65.70(b). Required contents of a statement of graduation are contained in Volume 3, Chapter 63, Section 3 and the current edition of AC 65-34.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-4980 through 3-4998.