Can airline pilots communicate with dispatchers?

flyingfisch
  • Can airline pilots communicate with dispatchers? flyingfisch

    Is it possible for airline pilots to communicate with dispatchers? If so, what methods do they use? A special radio channel?

  • Yes, and it is a regulatory requirement that it is so.

    §121.99 Communications facilities—domestic and flag operations.

    (a) Each certificate holder conducting domestic or flag operations must show that a two-way communication system, or other means of communication approved by the FAA certificate holding district office, is available over the entire route. The communications may be direct links or via an approved communication link that will provide reliable and rapid communications under normal operating conditions between each airplane and the appropriate dispatch office, and between each airplane and the appropriate air traffic control unit.

    The typical way to contact dispatch is through SELCAL which allows two way communications between two specific parties over HF or VHF radio. To contact a dispatcher we would tune the COM associated with SELCAL to the proper frequency (these were charted on company airport pages and you would use one from an airport nearby that you are overflying) and then use our handheld microphone (with keypad) to dial a code for our dispatcher, which is noted on our release paperwork.

    As long as you are monitoring a SELCAL frequency and dispatch (or someone else with your aircraft code) calls you, the airplane will announce "SELCAL" and typically a light or some other visual notification will come on.

    Once connected, you talk to your dispatcher over that com radio the same as you would talk to ATC. From there your dispatcher can connect you to maintenance, med link, or anyone else you might need to talk to.

    For larger airplanes typically used on overwater routes you will probably also find a satellite phone in the cockpit that can be used as an alternative way to call dispatch.

    Textual communications to and from dispatch are also possible using ACARS.

Related questions and answers
  • An aircraft's Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System uses line of sight HF via ground stations or satellites to communicate with its base station. This system allows for three types of messages to be sent: Air Traffic Control Aeronautical Operational Control Airline Administrative Control Aeronautical operational control and airline administrative control messages are used to communicate between the aircraft and its base. Various types of messages are possible, for example, relating to fuel consumption, engine performance data, aircraft position, in addition to free

  • Is it possible for airline pilots to communicate with dispatchers? If so, what methods do they use? A special radio channel?

  • aboard eight flights have cost SpiceJet heavily, with the DGCA issuing show cause notice to the airline and suspending two of its pilots. Here's another news link. One of the arguments made by the DGCA... environment where in-flight safety of the crew and passengers would be affected. Were the actions (suspension of pilots and showcause notice to the airline) justified? Is a dancing cabin crew dangerous...Recently, the crew of an Indian airline performed a short choreographed dance sequence mid-flight on the occasion of Holi. This is, a not so rare practice amongst low-cost Indian carriers, who

  • Since pilots are permitted to communicate in their own language to eachother in the cockpit, and to ATC in their own country, it stands to reason that some fwc's might say "te laag, terrein!" I've seen some Russian planes with everything written in Russian in the cockpit: Do any planes have callouts in languages other than English? Are any planes built with the option to change the spoken language? E.g. an Airbus talking French.

  • I was watching some police programme on TV the other day, with an air chase that had the police helicopter crew on their toes; having to perform a lot of sudden maneuvers. How do police, or HEMS (medical), helicopters communicate with ATC? I presume they get priority, but do ATC clear other traffic out of the way? Is there a comms person/navigator on-board? Do they simply "see and avoid"?

  • I realize that airlines can operate with different numbers of Pilots and Flight Attendants, depending on the route, aircraft and length of flight (EET). Which are the types of crew members that an airline can have, with the correct titles? I've heard about captains, master captains and cruise captains, but how can I identify them during the flights?

  • I was watching some clips from Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DeCaprio as Frank Abagnale. I was wondering- If brought a ticket on an airline today, came dressed up like a pilot, would you, be able to sit in the cockpit? (assuming pilots are normally allowed to jumpseat in that jurisdiction) Say you come onboard the plane and present them a fake ID at the door. Is there anything to prevent this from happening, or are we still as vulnerable to this type of trick like in the movie?

  • When the transponder on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went off, there was no ALARM. The satellite kept getting pings, and apparently "knew" that the transponder was off. Would it not be a great idea if the Malaysia Airlines got an alarm indication that the transponder was off on one of their planes? The airline could have radioed the pilot and asked what the trouble was. If the pilots did... would know EXACTLY where the airline crashed!

  • I'm a frequent subscriber of airport messaging services where you get notified of check-in queue times, delays in takeoff, ETA + 10 minutes, landed timestamp, baggage claim time and these kinds of information, but not life-dependent messages. However, if something bad happens I assume I won't get a "Flight X crashed and burned" message on my cell, but most likely a "Contact the airline at 555-1212 for more information" or something similar. What's the standard operating procedure in these cases?

  • With 2,000hrs of flight time, a commercial ticket for ASEL and AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI, and a Master's in Aeronautical Science I could easily qualify to fly right seat for a regional airline, but I just can't compete with pilots willing to work for $17k/yr. For comparison, federal minimum wage is currently just over $15K/yr. Why are the starting salaries at US Regional Airlines so low? It seems odd... shortage". Are there really so many pilots out there that the competition for jobs drives down starting salaries so low? I am hoping to understand why it is that well-qualified pilots appear to have so

Data information