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Old 2nd Feb 2006, 04:24
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Age: 50
Posts: 305
One thing I did like about the NTSB report is the suggestion that dispatch could play an expanded role in supporting the pilots in the field, both before and during a flight. Wouldn't it be nice if the dispatcher had the weather resources and knowledge to actually make a preliminary judgement about the feasibility of a flight request before passing it on to the pilot? Or if the dispatcher was shrewd enough to ask the requesting agency if they've been turned down by another program already if he suspected a case of 'helicopter shopping'? Or if the dispatcher would give you comprehensive inflight updates on weather forming ahead on your route of flight? I'm not suggesting that we offload our responsibility for the safe conduct of the flight to the dispatcher, just that dispatchers can provide us with more backup than simply rattling off the scene location and ground contact.
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