Bachelor of Science in Aviation Dispatch

Majoring in Aviation Dispatch at CBU will prepare you to become an FAA licensed aircraft dispatcher. With courses in Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, and Commercial Pilot Ground; Aviation Meteorology; Laws and Regulations; Safety and Security; Human Factors; Aircraft Systems; and Aviation Dispatch; this Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Dispatch will prepare you to earn your Aircraft Dispatch Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aircraft Dispatchers work with the world's major and regional airlines and share responsibility for safety of the flight with the Captain of the aircraft. The dispatcher is responsible for all phases of a particular flight--from planning to landing. A dispatcher may have the authority to delay, divert or cancel a flight at any time, and a flight might not be able to be released without the signature of both the pilot in command and the dispatcher. Although dispatchers daily work on the ground, typically in the main airline operations center, they must understand all aspects of flight to ensure that they can handle any situation that arises while an aircraft is in the air.

Although a person must be at least 21 years of age to be eligible to take the aircraft dispatcher knowledge test (typically while a student at CBU), a person must be at least 23 years of age to be eligible for the aircraft dispatchers certificate (possibly after graduation from CBU). Once graduated with a degree in Aviation Dispatch from CBU and having successfully completed the aircraft dispatcher knowledge test, graduates may be employed as an airline crew scheduler while awaiting their 23rd birthday and their right to become an airline dispatcher.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. (3.3.1.a) Apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines.
    2. (3.3.1.b) Analyze and interpret data.
    3. (3.3.1.c) Work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams.
    4. (3.3.1.d) Make professional and ethical decisions.
    5. (3.3.1.e) Communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills.
    6. (3.3.1.f) Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning.
    7. (3.3.1.g) Assess contemporary issues.
    8. (3.3.1.h) Use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice.
    9. (3.3.1.i) Assess the national and international aviation environment.
    10. (3.3.1.j) Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
    11. (3.3.1.k) Apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues.
    12. ( Describe the professional attributes, requirements or certifications, and planning applicable to aviation careers.
    13. ( Describe the principles of aircraft design, performance and operating characteristics.
    14. ( Describe the regulations related to the maintenance of aircraft and associated systems.
    15. ( Evaluate aviation safety and the impact of human factors on safety.
    16. ( Discuss the impact of national and international aviation law, regulations and labor issues on aviation operations.
    17. ( Explain the integration of airports, airspace, and air traffic control in managing the National Airspace System.
    18. ( Discuss the impact of meteorology and environmental issues on aviation operations.

Aviation Dispatch Major (51 units) BS

Lower Division Requirements

AVN110 Introduction to Aviation

A survey of the U.S. aviation industry, including the history of aviation, attributes of an aviation professional, career planning, certification, airports, airspace, air traffic control, and navigational aids. (3 units; Fall)

Baus, Patrick Michael
09/05/2017 Th 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AVN210 Aviation Meteorology

An in-depth study of aviation weather, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind and moisture, stability, turbulence, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, and icing. A study of weather charts, weather reports, and forecasts. (3 units; Fall)

Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AMG111 Theory of Flight

An introduction to aerodynamics, aircraft design, aircraft performance, weight and balance, operating characteristics, engine types, and maintenance. Students will experience flight in an aircraft. Additional lab fee. (3 units; Spring)

01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport

FLT116 Private Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of airframes and aircraft systems, aircraft instruments, safety, aerodynamics, stability, physiology, weather, airports, airspace, emergency operations, ground reference maneuvers, charts and publications, and the principles of pilotage, dead-reckoning, and radio/electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning to prepare the student for the FAA private pilot knowledge test. (3 units; Fall)

Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT119 Instrument Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of aircraft instruments, preflight and aircraft systems, navigation, holding, approaches, emergencies, and weather reports and forecasts. Prepares student for the FAA instrument rating knowledge test. Prerequisites: FLT 116. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
Goodman, Creighton A
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

Upper Division Requirements

AVN300 Avtn Resrch, Wrtng & Communictn

A review of techniques necessary to complete a research project on an aviation topic, including data collection techniques, literature review procedures, data analysis, proper structure of reports, American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, and the manuscript submission process. (3 units; Fall)

Baus, Patrick Michael
09/05/2017 T 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport ONLN

AVN310 Aviation Law and Regulations

An in-depth study of various U.S. federal aviation regulations and legislation affecting the aviation industry, including 14 CFR Parts 1, 25, 61, 67, 91, 121, 139, 175, and NTSB Part 830. An examination of the international aviation environment, such as standards and recommended practices promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. (3 units; Spring)

01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AMG322 Aviation Safety

An introduction to the safety regulations, requirements, and environment in the U.S., including an in-depth examination of Safety Management Systems (SMS). (3 units; Spring)

01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

AMG324 Aviation Security

An in-depth examination of security regulations, requirements, and environment in the U.S., including the role of the Department of Homeland Security in ensuring aviation security. (3 units; Fall)

Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 W 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

DSP330 Dispatch I

Provides an introduction to practical dispatch applications, including briefing techniques and preflight. Prerequisites: AVN 210 and FLT 311 Corequisite: AVN 310 and FLT 328. (3 units; Fall) (3 units; Fall)

Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

DSP430 Dispatch II

In-depth study of practical dispatch applications, including preflight, flight departure authorizations, in-flight operational control, and post-flight. With DSP 330, prepares students for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test. Prerequisite: DSP330. (3 units; Fall)

DSP497 Dispatch Capstone

Senior-level application of practical dispatch knowledge and techniques. Prerequisite: DSP330, 430 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

FLT311 Commercial Pilot Ground

An in-depth study of aerodynamics, instruments, engines and systems, airports, air traffic control, and airspace, FARs, performance and weight and balance, aeromedical factors, aviation weather, navigation and flight operations. Prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot knowledge test. Prerequisite: FLT 119. (3 units; Fall)

Goodman, Creighton A
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT326 Human Factors

A review of the psychological human factors that affect aviation, including individual and organizational factors, and technology-induced errors. Includes common human errors and detection and recovery skills. The chain of events leading up to an aircraft accident are examined in light of specific aircraft accidents. (3 units; Spring)

01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

FLT328 Aircraft Systems

An in-depth study of aircraft systems, including engine, fuel, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, flight control, and computer systems and displays. (3 units; Fall)

Kirk, Robert F.
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

FLT410 Turbine Systems

An in-depth study of turbine systems and turbine aircraft performance. Prerequisites: FLT 218 or 311. (3 units; Spring)Spring)(2wa]J

Goodman, Creighton A
01/10/2018 MWF 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

FLT420 Crew Resource Management

An in-depth study of the complex multi-crew environment, including methods to enhance efficiency via a focus on interpersonal communication, leadership, and decision making. Designed to minimize accidents associated with human error. (3 units; Fall)

Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203