A person can only serve as a dispatcher if they have satisfactorily completed the following:
1. Initial dispatcher training
2. Operating familiarization: consisting of at least 5 hours observing operations. Observation shall be made from the flight deck or, for airplanes without an observer seat on the flight deck, from a forward passenger seat with headset or speaker. May be satisfied by observation of 5 hours of simulator training for each airplane group.
How familiar does the dispatcher need to be with essential operating procedures in order to exercise dispatch jurisdiction.
1. To dispatch flights, the certificate holder has to determine that he is familiar with all essential operating procedures for that segment of the operations over which he exercises dispatch jurisdiction.
2. A dispatcher qualified to dispatch airplanes through one segment may dispatch through other segments after coordinating efforts with other qualified dispatchers.
Daily duty period
Begins at a time that allows the dispatcher to become thoroughly familiar with weather conditions, and route before he dispatchers any airplane.
Dispatcher remains on duty until:
each airplane dispatcher by him has completed its flight
each plane has gone beyond the his jurisdiction
until the dispatcher is relieved by another qualified dispatcher.
Daily duty period exceptions
Dispatcher cannot work for more than 10 consecutive hours of duty
If dispatcher is schedule for more than 10 hours of duty in 24 consecutive hours, the dispatcher must be provided with an 8 hour rest period before coming back to work.
Dispatchers must be relieved of all duty for at least 24 consecutive hours during any consecutive seven days.
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