Sample Aviation Essay Paper on Airport internship

Airport Internship

 The internship period offers students opportunities to practice the theoretical bit of a particular career practically. At the Abu Dhabi international Airport where I was attached for the entirety of last month, my duties and designation were into two sections of the Airport, the flight dispatchers and ground operations and at the touch points in the airport. It was quite an experience being attached in these sections of the airport as the activities that took place in these sections are vital to the overall operations at the airport.

At the flight dispatcher section a number of roles that are designated to professionals in this section were allocated to me under the guidance of the chief flight operations officer. The roles were varied but the notable ones included;  assisting the pilot-in-command in flight preparation and provide the relevant information required, preparing the Operational and ATS flight plans, sign when applicable and file the ATS flight plan with the appropriate ATS unit, furnish the pilot-in-command while in flight, by appropriate means, with information which may be necessary for the safe conduct of the flight; and in the event of an emergency, initiate such procedures as may be outlined in the operations manual (Wensveen, 2015).

 During practice, I was made to understand that the flight dispatcher relieves the pilot-in-command of a considerable burden by providing him with the opportunity to consult on critical and non-critical issues with professionals who are familiar with all factors bearing on an operation and have the knowledge of the whole network of operations of which any particular flight is only a part (Price & Forrest, 2012). During flight, a continued assessment of flight conditions, the monitoring of fuel adequacy and the recommendation of alternative plans such as diversion necessitate an extension of the pre-flight duties throughout the course of the actual flight operation as the advent of improved ground/air communications allows the flight dispatcher to relay to the aircraft information received after it has become airborne, thus increasing the value of the “in-flight” assistance (Wensveen, 2015).

The flight dispatcher contributes to the safety and regularity of flight operations but also makes a positive contribution to the economy and efficiency of aircraft operation by improving the payload, reducing excessive fuel reserve, positioning or repositioning the aircraft more efficiently, and saving flying hours by reducing the number of abortive flights as he  must constantly know the position and monitor the progress of all flights in his area, and this involves a constant process of analysis, evaluation, consultation and decision. (Price & Forrest, 2012).

Planning must be based upon realistic assumptions since the inevitable results of over optimism are delays, inconvenience to passengers and uneconomical utilization of the aircraft, all of which can impact the safety of the operation  and criteria that will help the pilot-in-command decide on some of the essential features of each flight, the flight dispatcher must consult with the meteorological office and refer to meteorological information, issue information concerning operations plans to the appropriate departments of the operator’s organization, issue such instructions concerning aircraft and crew utilization as are necessary to the appropriate departments of the operator’s organization, consider with the pilot-in-command the existence of, and method of ensuring compliance with, noise abatement procedures (Wensveen, 2015). They also ascertain load requirements, determine load availability, outline to the pilot-in-command what may be expected in the way of en-route and terminal weather, explain how other flights have been planned or what they have encountered en route, indicating their altitude, procedure, ground speed, etc., and offer suggestions that may be of help to the pilot-in-command in his flight planning (Price & Forrest, 2012).

Delays in and irregularities of operation often upset crew members and passengers and may significantly affect aircraft cycles making it necessary for the flight dispatcher to check closely with the operator’s departments responsible for crew and aircraft routing in order to maintain a well-balanced positioning of crew and aircraft for the smooth operation of all flights (Wensveen, 2015). As a specialist, he/she needs to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility, dependability and the ability to think clearly and to make appropriate decisions as required because their training includes several stages of selection in order to eliminate trainees lacking the necessary qualities (Price & Forrest, 2012).

Abu Dhabi International Airport has adopted great innovations so as to provide customers with an experience of its kind at each touch point at the airport; the airline has taken a unique approach to creating a five-star end-to-end travel experience for its passengers. This one of a kind experience gives the customers the concepts of further stretches to online, mobile money and direct transactions. The Digital Signage and touch-application offer a great advantage versus mobile based solutions as hotel or airline controls the content offering making competition move to greater level as there is immediate access to rich media content makes digital touch points on site very attractive (Meli, 2014).  The experience at this touch points are a great portrayal of how technology has improved the airport industry in the world today.


Meli, M. (2014). The Best Connected U.S. Airports, Airlines, And Terminals. PC Magazine, 101-110.

Price, J., & Forrest, J. (2012). Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats. Burlington: Elsevier Science.

Wensveen, J. G. (2015). Air transportation: A management perspective. England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey