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Aircraft Dispatcher  Aircraft Dispatcher FAA Written Test Preparation

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You don't need to spend a lot of money and time to pass your ADX airline dispatcher test.

All you need is our inexpensive software. You can download it below, try it, and pay for it only if you like it. Hundreds of users have scored very highly on their ADX test with only a few nights study with our software. No nonesense, no wasting your time in some classroom on somebody else's schedule. Just use this software and pass the test.. it's that easy.

Unlike books and other materials, our software updates itself using the built-in LiveUpdate feature. You always have the latest and greatest available study material from us at no extra charge. We have content experts who work continuously to make sure that the question bank is as up to date as possible with the latest FAA changes.

  • Yes, you study here using up-to-date, ACTUAL FAA QUESTIONS. Answers and Explanations written by highly experienced flight instructors and professional pilots. All required charts and figures included. (That's why the download is so large.)
  • This software can be used to prepare for all of the ATP Part 121 and 135 Airplane and Helicopter tests plus Airline Dispatcher. In fact, this is our standard "ATP Package" of which ADX is one variant.
This app will help you prepare for any or all of the following tests:
ATM - Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine   ATS - Airline Transport Pilot Single-Engine
ATP - Airline Transport Pilot Airplane (121)   ATA - Airline Transport Pilot Airplane (135)
ADX - Aircraft Dispatcher   ARA - Airline Transport Pilot Airplane (135) (added rating)
ATH - Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter (135)   ARH - Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter (135) (added rating)
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We believe (and scientific study validates) that the interactive activity of test preparation, when combined with the sort of detailed supplementary and explanatory material that we offer, is an excellent way to thoroughly learn and internalize key aviation information.

We are test prep specialists and the experience of thousands upon thousands of pilots proves that our method works. We do not use test prep as a "hook", as some of our advertising-based competitors do, to sell you expensive but ineffective passive video-based courses and similar products that do little besides waste your time and drain your wallet.

Use our material and study hard - not just the questions and answers, but the reasoning and explanations too, and be on your way, in a highly time and cost efficient way, to knowledge test and aviation success!

Connect with your instructor / CFI!

This software has a really cool feature. After you complete a study session, you can, choose to report your progress to our TestPrepStatus.com system where you will be able to see charts of your study progress so that you can identity your weak points.

The really cool thing, however, is that you can also invite your instructor (CFI, flight school, mechanic school, mentor, parent, study partner, etc) to log in and monitor your progress. This is neat because now you can prove to your instructor in a concrete way now your study is progressing.

Access to the TestPrepStatus.com system is completely free for you and your instructor! Only GroundSchool has this innovative system.

Meet some of our Editorial Team 

"T" Cirincione
"T" Cirincione is a captain for a Fortune 50 company flying Citation X and Learjet 60’s. He has 23+ years of aviation experience and holds the following ratings: ATP, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, FE – Turbojet, and A&P. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, and an Associate of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. His has taught A&P students for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Learjet 60 initial and recurrent classes for FlightSafety International. Prior to that, T was a Flight Examiner in the US Air Force, and an instructor at the USAF Fighter Weapons School flying the mighty F-4 Phantom. He has over 4000 hours in fighters and corporate aircraft. When not immersed in aviation, T enjoys fly-fishing, bow hunting, and 4-wheelin’ his Jeep.

Greg Reverdiau
Greg is an FAA certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII) and Commercial Single and Multi Engine, Instrument pilot. He is currently located in Melbourne, FL but originally grew up in Dijon, France. He gradued from Florida Tech with a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Aviation Human Factors. He's a Flight Operations Administration Supervisor and also loves to take pictures and develop websites.

Danny Aslinger
Danny grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska where, after watching thousands of seaplanes take-off and land, grew interested in aviation. With the encouragement of his parents, sisters, and most recently his wife Jessica, Danny began pursuing his dream of flying in 1998 while attending college at the University of Idaho. He is a commercially rated pilot and also a certified flight instructor with instrument instruction privileges. In addition to his flight experience, Danny has an extensive teaching background from guiding and teaching sea kayaking in Alaska and Idaho, a job which he began when he was 15 years old.

Denis Khripkov
Denis is a corporate captain with significant experience Cessna, Dassault Falcon, and now, elite Gulfstream IV/V aircraft. Previously, Denis has flown a Yak 42 regional jet for Aeroflot. Denis also has several thousands of hours of small plane experience as a CFI/I and aerial inspection pilot. When not flying, Denis spends his time overwatering his garden and playing with his young children.

Bill Hughes
Bill is now one of the most prominent and experienced Hot Air Balloon pilots in the USA. However, his aviation experience is far deeper: Bill is a former US Navy pilot who has over 9,000 hours of flight experience in everything from jets to helicopters. He has served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Safety Counselor. He was a crewmember for Malcolm Forbes’ balloon flight across America in 1973. Each year he acts as Balloonmeister* for several balloon events and last year celebrated his 22nd year as Balloonmeister for the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY.

What do to do become an airline dispatcher?
The Federal Aviation Regulations spell out exactly what you need to do and what experience you need to have to become an aircraft dispatcher. We've quoted the relevant section below (please note: there's a chance that the regulations have changed since we wrote this page, though in general we believe that the below should be more or less current) for your convenience.


Sec. 65.51 Certificate required

  1. No person may act as an Aircraft Dispatcher (exercising responsibility with the pilot in command in the operational control of a flight) in connection with any civil aircraft in air commerce unless that person has in his personal possession an Aircraft Dispatcher certificate issued under this subpart.

Sec. 65.53 Eligibility requirements: General.

  1. To be eligible to take the Aircraft Dispatcher knowledge test, a person must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. To be eligible for an Aircraft Dispatcher certificate, a person must--
    1. Be at least 23 years of age;
    2. Be able to read, speak, write, & understand English;
    3. Pass the required knowledge test prescribed by 65.55;
    4. Pass the required Practical test prescribed by 65.59; &
    5. Comply with the requirements of 65.57.

Sec. 65.55 Knowledge requirements.

  1. A person who applies for an Aircraft Dispatcher certificate must pass a knowledge test on the following:
    1. Federal Aviation Regulations that relate to Airline Transport Pilot privileges, limitations, flight operations (ops);
    2. Meteorology, including knowledge of fronts, clouds, icing, & upper air data;
    3. General system of weather & NOTAM collection, dissemination, interpretation, & use;
    4. Interpretation & use of weather charts, maps, forecasts, sequence reports, abbreviations, & symbols;
    5. National Weather Service functions as they pertain to ops in the National Airspace System;
    6. Wind shear & microburst awareness, identification, & avoidance;
    7. Principles of air navigation under instrument meteorology conditions in the National Airspace System;
    8. Air Traffic Control procedures & pilot responsibilities as they relate to enroute ops, terminal area & radar ops, & instrument departure & approach procedures;
    9. Aircraft loading; weight & balance; use of charts, graphs, tables, formulas, & computations on aircraft performance;
    10. Aerodynamics relating to an aircraft's flight characteristics & performance in normal & abnormal flight regimes.
    11. Human Factors;
    12. Aeronautical Decision-making & judgment;
    13. Crew Resource Management, including crew communication & coordination;
  2. The applicant must present documentary evidence satisfactory to the Examiner of having passed an Aircraft Dispatcher knowledge test within the preceding 24 calendar month

Sec. 65.57 Experience requirements.

An applicant for an Aircraft Dispatcher certificate must present documentary evidence satisfactory to the Examiner that he has the experience prescribed in par (a) of this section or accomplished the training prescribed in par (b) of this section as follows:

  1. A total of at least 2 years experience in the 3 years before the date of application, in any 1 of, or combination of:
    1. In military aircraft ops as a--
      1. Pilot;
      2. Flight navigator;
      3. Meteorologist.
    2. In aircraft ops conducted under Part 121 as--
      1. An assistant in dispatching air carrier aircraft, under the direct supervision of a certificated Dispatcher;
      2. A pilot;
      3. A flight engineer;
      4. A meteorologist.
    3. In aircraft ops as--
      1. An Air Traffic Controller; or
      2. A Flight Service Station Specialist.
    4. In aircraft ops, performing other duties that the Examiner finds provides equivalent experience.
  2. A statement of graduation issued or revalidated under 65.70 showing that he has successfully completed an approved Aircraft Dispatcher course.

Sec. 65.59 Skill requirements.

An applicant for an Aircraft Dispatcher certificate must pass a practical test given by an Examiner, with respect to any 1 type of large aircraft used in air carrier ops. The practical test must be based on the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards on items in App A of this part.


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GroundSchool is designed to help you learn the material and score highly on your test in the most efficient manner possible. Our software represents years of listening to and understanding the needs of pilots and mechanics. The program is designed with the singular goal of helping you learn the material so you can pass your FAA written test with a minimum of time and effort. Sure, there are some study methods that are cheaper (and many far more expensive!).. but only if your time is worth nothing.. Our software is fast, efficient, and proven.

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With our FAA Written Test Prep software, you don't have to worry about having an out of date version. Our authors work to update the data as FAA question pools change. Groundschool has a built-in self-update feature that connects to our servers and makes sure that you have the latest and greatest versions of the software and data soon after they becomes available.

Additionally, the self-update can be used to install new test data (such as Instrument Rating on top of Private Pilot) so you can have it when and where you need it.

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Instrument Rating (IFR) Flight Engineer Aviation Mechanic (Airframe)
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Complete preparation for the three written / knowledge tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant) that you'll need to take and pass to get get an FAA A&P certificate. Includes access to all three A&P test banks. Please note: choosing this is the same as choosing a "pick 3" bundle above and then selecting the mechanic tests from there.

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Features include*:

  • Explanations written by professional pilots and flight instructors
  • Most tests (Airplane, Helicopter, Balloon, etc.) are covered
  • Plenty of study and testing options allowing you to personalize the software for your own most efficient study.
  • You can get an instructor signoff to take the actual written test through use of this software and our Online Endorsement Service.
  • The ability to explicitly flag questions which you find to be difficult
  • Lookup individual or groups of questions using a wide range of search criteria
  • Integrated Library of Aviation offering everything from PTS documents to FAA training publications to aircraft checklists and much, much more
  • LaserGrade™, CATS™, and AvTest 2000™ Emulation modes allow you to practice on the software as you will see it at the actual testing center.
  • Ability to load and save training / testing sessions
  • Printouts galore! Print out score reports to show your instructor, a "book" of questions for yourself to study on the road or elsewhere.
  • Something that is not really quantifiable or visible: fast, efficient study. The software has been designed to be quick so your time is spent preparing and learning, not flipping pages or clicking about needlessly.
* This list refers to features found in the MS-Windows™ PC versions of GroundSchool.

FAA Aircraft Dispatcher (ADX) Knowledge Test Score Results
Aircraft Dispatcher (ADX)

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