21 Airport as a Dispatcher Sees It

Airport as a Dispatcher Sees It

Posted on March 3, 2010 by

Airport dispatcher 1

Daily record of takeoffs and landings at the Domodedovo International Airport is 724. Maximum hourly capacity of two runways working simultaneously is 43 aircrafts. All this air traffic is controlled by dispatchers working day and night at the air traffic control tower. Profession of air traffic controller is among the most difficult ones speaking of psychological stress. Let’s spend some time with professionals who control tens thousands of lives.

Domodedovo has two runways and each of them is controlled by the separate dispatcher teams. There is a total of 6 shifts, 10 dispatchers each.
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 Probably first what you imagine hearing about an air traffic controller is a typical movie image of a severe man with huge headphones shouting something in a microphone and staring at a round monitor with a green line going round. Movies are not always true. They don’t use headphones, displays are neither round, nor green and not only men can take their seats in the tower but pretty girls too.

Airport dispatcher 6Each display shows all the aircrafts near the airport. Dispatcher can control if they are climbing or descend, at which altitude and with which speed they are flying. 

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The whole airport territory is clearly visible from the tower. A complex of modern equipment including automatic visualization system is installed here. Wide field of view of the airfield allows controlling every vehicle movement. If a dispatcher has any suspicions he uses binoculars.

Airport dispatcher 10

If a runway is busy controller switches on a special indicator with sound signal.


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21 Responses to “Airport as a Dispatcher Sees It”

  1. Allen says:


  2. francesco says:

    not to seem picky (Air traffic control is my job) but flight dispatcher is a completelly different job. The workers in your photos are ATCO )Air traffic control officers).

  3. New Fake Kirov says:


  4. BigMike says:

    My initial thought was how depressed they looked in the 1st photo. The only colour these people see all day are the green planes. I think I’ll send them some flowers :)

  5. perristalsis says:

    Pix reminds me of the movie “Airplane”:

    Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9’er, you are cleared for take-off.
    Captain Oveur: Roger!
    Roger Murdock: Huh?
    Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9’er.
    Captain Oveur: Roger!
    Roger Murdock: Huh?
    Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
    Captain Oveur: What?
    Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9’er cleared for vector 324.
    Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
    Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?
    Tower voice: Tower’s radio clearance, over!
    Captain Oveur: That’s Clarence Oveur. Over.
    Tower voice: Over.
    Captain Oveur: Roger.
    Roger Murdock: Huh?
    Tower voice: Roger, over!
    Roger Murdock: What?
    Captain Oveur: Huh?
    Victor Basta: Who?

  6. aammuk says:

    Can anyone tell me which airline is those green planes?

  7. mindtpi says:

    S7 Airlines (Siberia Airlines), Russia’s largest airline on domestic routes:

  8. Tom says:

    Best view in the house for sure!

  9. Swede says:

    The ones working in an airport tower only manages the planes on the ground. Once they are up in the air they are left to some people sitting in some bunker somewhere controlling the airspace.

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