TATV Spotlight: Skyplan academy – The future for flight dispatch

UAE-based flight planning and dispatch specialists Skyplan Services was at the MEBAA Show in Dubai to unveil its new flight dispatchers’ training school.

The Skyplan Aviation Academy (SAA) is set to become the leading training institution for flight operations and flight dispatch.

SAA is the education arm of Skyplan, a name known worldwide for its expertise in flight planning and flight dispatch services.

The new academy at Dubai Airport Free Zone [DAFZA], has launched competency-based program that meets ICAO, GCAA and UAE-approved standards.

In this TATV Spotlight programme, Chief Instructor Kent Huber explains to Alan Peaford just how the new academy will help meet the rising demand for flight dispatchers across the whole region.

The long-term goal of the establishment is two-fold: train new entrants for a flight dispatch career and also maintain the skills of existing professionals, who are required to undergo retesting every 12 months and renew their license every two years.

Huber outlines key advantages for a career in aviation with Skyplan. “We want people that have an interest in aviation. You have to have that,” he says.

Alan Peaford

Alan Peaford MBE

Alan is a regular broadcaster and is the consultant editor-in-chief and presenter for Times Aerospace TV and is a regular commentator on aviation issues for many global broadcasting channels. He is conference chairman of the Aviation Africa summit and the Aviation MENA summit and has moderated or chaired conferences for organisations such as IATA, DCAA, the Global Aerospace Summit and business aviation associations in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.