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Many queries from a Flight Dispatcher about Polar Routes.
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Wednesday, 26 March 2008 05:03
Dear Capt Lim,

First of all I would like to say that this is the greatest aviation website on the Internet. I have some questions about Boeing 777 and Polar routes.

PIA (Pakistan International Airline) is planning to operate Boeing 777's from Pakistan to USA and Canada via the Polar routes in the future,

  1. I want to know about Polar routes. How many airlines are operating over these routes?
  2. Are the Boeing 777's capable of operating on Polar route? What about the Boeing 747- 400?
  3. What forms of communication are used? What are the alternate and emergency airports?
  4. Who control the Polar flights - Euro or Russia?
  5. Where can we file the ATC flight plans and to whom would they be addressed to?
  6. Can I get a copy of the computerized fight plan (CFP) of any airline/aircraft?

Best regards,

Faisal Nazir
Flight Dispatcher
Karachi, Pakistan

Hi Faisal,

1.   There are many major Airlines operating the Polar routes, notably United, Continental, Northwest, Delta, Air Canada, Air China, Russia's KrasAir  and Cathay Pacific.   The advantages are obvious; it reduces the flight time, increases the payload and also there is the absence of turbulence. 

However, polar routes give rise to some issues that are absent in the conventional flights.  Polar routes subject airplanes to operate under extreme temperatures in the artic environment where suitable and alternate airports are limited.  They require special navigation and communication equipment. 

There is the problem of ozone shield as the airplane would be flying above the Tropopause. In-flight fuel management due to the cold fuel is some additional issues to be considered. If fuel temperatures approach temperature limits in flight, aircraft have to change altitude to а warmer level or increase the speed (Increasing the Mach number by every 0.01, results in an increase of half а degree Celsius in fuel temperature)

2.   Yes the Boeing 777's, 747-400's and the Airbus 340-500's are all capable of operating the Polar routes.

3.  Besides the normal communications, the modern data link and ADS (Automatic Dependent Surveillance) as installed on the Boeing 777 would be required for the Polar routes. The aircraft communications addressing and reporting services (ACARS) data link is the primary company communications and the CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communications) are also used. There is а CPDLC gap above 82 degrees North on both sides of the North Pole that is yet to be addressed and in the meantime, HF must be used in this area. For company communications, ACARS data link is used below 82 degrees north, but above that, HF radio for long distance operations control are pre-coordinated by airline dispatch with San Francisco Arinc, Stockholm and Cedar Woods Radio.

Here are some of the alternate or emergency airports for the Polar routes. At Polar-1, there are Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, at Polar-2, Irkutsk and Polar-3 and 4, Yakutsk. Krasnoyarsk has a 3700 meters long runway. 

4. The Polar routes are controlled by Russia and Canada.

5. Flight planning services are available from SITA (Airline Telecommunication and Information  Services) at a fee from:-

SITA
Flight Operation Services
London Data Processing Centre
Clock Tower Road,
Isleworth Middlesex
TW7 6DT
United Kingdom.

6.   Get Pakistan International Airlines to pay a fee to SITA above and you will be able to get a sample copy of the Computerized Flight Plan (CFP) of any airline or aircraft. 

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There is no license in Australia for flight dispatchers. We do not legally exist in the regulatory framework (www.casa.gov.au).
Most airlines require the equivalent of the ATPL theory subjects and or extensive experience as a dispatcher, pilot or ATC.

There is at most 90 flight dispatchers employed in Australia. Our roles differ depending on which airline we work for. And we generally get paid less then an Operations Controller or a Crew Controller, yet we are the only technical experts out of the three and are the only ones that CASA will audit.
Aussie Dispatcher , 22 Sep, 2009
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Hello ..
I have a query.
I hold a FAA dispatch licence and would like to work in europe. I have tried looking in website if FAA licence is recognisable in European Union, unfortunately, no information.
Apparently, working in europe, it is not called flight dispatcher as there is no such title but a ramp side/ operations ... cud you advise me if there's any possibilities locating a specific website or a european company would hire a faa dispatch licence holder. thk you.
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Capt lim,
I currently hold the Nigerian Flight Dispatch license and working for one of the commercial airlines in nigeria. I have one year working experience and would like to attend a refresher course in USA to enable the revalidation of my license. my question is:will i be required to go through the normal 6 weeks training or less.
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Dear,

I am an aircraft dispatcher with JAA Certificate.
I have worked in Turkish Airlines between 1999 and 2008.I used to work in operation control center of the Turkish Airlines as a dispatcher between 2006-2008.I renewed my licence in 2011.I look forward to opportunity to work in any airlines in Australia.

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Dear,

I am an aircraft dispatcher with JAA Certificate.
I have worked in Turkish Airlines between 1999 and 2008.I used to work in operation control center of the Turkish Airlines as a dispatcher between 2006-2008.I renewed my licence in 2011.I look forward to opportunity to work in any airlines in Australia.

Yours Faitfully.

Hakan Gumus
21/27 Courtney St.
North Melbourne
VIC Australia
+610415 284 104
Hakan Gumus , 14 Mar, 2012
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DEAR CAPTAIN LIM,

I AM A FLIGHT DISPATCHER IN PAKISAN (PRIVTE CARRIER)
I HAVE A FLIGHT DISPATCHER LICENSE
NOW I WANT JOB IN THE AUSTRALIA IN AVIATION FEILD IF I COME TO AUSTRALIA AND DO MBA(AVIATION) IN AUSTRALIA SO IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY TO GET JOB IN AUSTRALIA

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With due respect sir,
I have got flight dispatcher certificate from pakistan international airline training center. Now , can I appear in f.a.a or j.a.a exams to get those license. And can I appear in g.a.c.a k.s.a for license?

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Dear sir/madam
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