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VOLUME 13  FLIGHT STANDARDS DESIGNEES

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CHAPTER 3  DESIGNATED AIRCRAFT DISPATCHER EXAMINER

Section 3  Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiner Training

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13-201    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODE. 1595.

13-202    PURPOSE. This section sets forth the initial and recurrent training requirements for Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiners (DADE).

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13-203    GENERAL. Training is an important tool used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure a DADE provides the highest level of service to the public. A DADE must successfully complete initial and recurrent training requirements in order to exercise the privileges of the designation.

13-204    REFERENCES AND FORMS.

A.    References (current editions):

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    Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Parts 1, 61, 65, 91, 110, 119, 121, and 183.

    Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.).

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    Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 10, Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification.

    Volume 13, Chapter 3, Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiner.

    FAA-S-8081-10, Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards.

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate.

    FAA Form 8060-5, Notice of Disapproval of Application.

    FAA Form 8000-36, Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem Data Sheet.

13-205    INITIAL TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION. Each DADE candidate must satisfactorily complete the initial training outlined in this paragraph before exercising the privileges of his or her designation.

A.    Initial Training. The managing specialist is responsible for providing the DADE candidate with the initial training. At a minimum, the training must include:

1)    The DADE’s duties and responsibilities as a representative of the Administrator;
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2)    The necessary application and certification forms accompanied by instructions for completion;
3)    When used, procedures and requirements associated with the Integrated Airman Certification and/or Rating Application (IACRA);
4)    Applicable FAA regulations, policies, and guidance;
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5)    The use of the current Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards (PTS);
6)    The development of the plans of action required by the PTS;
7)    Policies and procedures regarding functions of a DADE;
8)    Procedures and guidance for conducting the practical test;
9)    Developing and updating test scenarios;
10)    Requirements for testing applicants under the age of 23;
11)    Foreign student applicants;
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12)    How and when to forward completed application paperwork to the managing specialist; and
13)    Providing reports to the FAA regarding trends in areas of weakness demonstrated by graduates of an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course.

NOTE:  Reports regarding trends in areas of weakness are valuable, particularly if graduates of the same Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course demonstrate weakness in similar areas. Such a demonstration could be an indicator to the FAA that a course may require additional FAA surveillance. Additional surveillance could help establish whether the areas of weakness demonstrated by multiple graduates of the same course is a result of deficiencies contained in the course itself, or simply the byproduct of students sharing each other’s bad habits resulting in the same negative outcome.

B.    Validation of Knowledge. Upon completion of the initial training, the managing specialist will validate the DADE candidate’s knowledge. Validation methods include:

    A written test, and

    An oral exam.

C.    Initial Qualification. After a DADE candidate has successfully completed initial training and the managing specialist has validated the candidate’s knowledge, the DADE candidate must undergo qualification. In order to become qualified, a DADE candidate must administer the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test to an applicant for certification while being observed and evaluated by the managing specialist. The managing specialist will evaluate the DADE’s testing methods, overall professionalism, and decision making skills. The DADE candidate does not have the authority to issue a Temporary Airman Certificate or Notice of Disapproval (as appropriate) to the applicant; however, the managing specialist may allow the candidate to fill out the appropriate paperwork while the specialist observes. The managing specialist makes the final determination as to whether or not the applicant for the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate passed or failed the test. The managing specialist will sign the Temporary Airman Certificate or Notice of Disapproval, as appropriate, and issue it to the applicant. Since the DADE candidate has not yet been granted the authority to be a DADE during the qualification phase, the DADE candidate may not charge a fee for administering the test.

13-206    RECURRENT TRAINING. The managing specialist is responsible for providing a DADE with annual recurrent training. Recurrent training will include at least the following topics:

    The DADE’s roles and responsibilities,

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    Documentation discrepancies,

    Applicable changes to 14 CFR,

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    Any updates to the Aircraft Dispatcher PTS,

    New FAA policies and procedures,

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    Review of procedures and guidance for administering the practical test,

    Reviewing and updating test scenarios and plans of action,

    Providing reports regarding trends in areas of weakness demonstrated by graduates of an Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Course, and

    Foreign student applicants.

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13-207    DOCUMENTATION OF TRAINING AND EVENTS. The managing specialist will document all initial and recurrent training by using PTRS activity code 1595 (CERT/AIRM/TECH ASSIST NO CERT) and selecting “183” in the “14 CFR” field.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 13-208 through 13-220.