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ISTAT Americas offers nonstop networking opportunities to give you face time with the people important to your business. 

Please note that the ISTAT Foundation Sailing Trip and ISTAT Foundation Golf Tournament require separate registration. Register yourself and/or your spouse for these events here. If you have already registered for the conference but would like to attend one of these events, please use the information provided in the confirmation email to log in to your registration account here and add the event.

Happy Hour

When: Saturday, 3 March  

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina 

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  

Details: Get ready for nonstop networking over the next three days, and let us welcome you to San Diego! Kick off ISTAT Americas by meeting friends and colleagues for drinks.

ISTAT Foundation Sailing Trip*

Sunday trip is sponsored by Macquarie AirFinance and Nordic Aviation Capital

Sunday sailing is currently sold out. Email to join the wait list.

When: Saturday, 3 March and Sunday, 4 March  

Where: Kona Kai Resort and Marina

Time:  Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Cost: $250/person

Details: Take the helm of Stars & Stripes USA-11. Participants will meet in the San Diego Marriott Marquis lobby at 12:00 p.m. A shuttle will be provided to transport guests to the Kona Kai Resort and Marina. There is a maximum number of 24 people per trip, and the duration of the sail is three hours. The shuttle will return guests to the San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina no later than 5:00 p.m. 

Cancellation Policy: Passengers may cancel their reservation and receive a full refund provided they contact ISTAT ( or +1.312.321.5169) at least 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers who cancel their reservation less than 72 hours prior to departure will not receive a refund. If we cancel the trip due to inclement weather, passengers will receive a full refund. 

ISTAT Foundation Golf Tournament* 

Sponsored by AVITAS, Inc and Vedder Price 

When: Sunday, 4 March 

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course, North Pines

Time: 7:00 a.m. shotgun start

Cost: $345/person, $70 club rental, $50 golf coupon book**

Details: Golfers can expect more than great greens while at Torrey Pines. Breathtaking views of the cliffs that rim the Pacific Ocean and even the occasional dolphin playing in the surf are among a few of the amazing sights the course offers golfers. Buses will depart from the San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina at 6:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Foursome Requests: Foursome requests can be submitted to Martin Jimenez. The requestor MUST clear the foursome (or playing partners, no matter how many) with the other players prior to submitting the foursome. Foursome requests are subject to all members of a foursome being registered and the registration remains a first-come, first-serve program. Golfers who do not choose to submit a foursome request will be randomly assigned.

ISTAT Appraising 101

When: Sunday, 4 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Details: As a core program of ISTAT, the Appraisers' Program has been providing value and resources to members and the global aviation community as a whole for over 20 years.

This complimentary session will feature an inside look into the ISTAT Appraisers' Program, aircraft appraisal fundamentals and steps to becoming an appraiser. Session topics include:

  • The ISTAT Appraisers' Program and introduction to the handbook and code of ethics
  • Types of aircraft appraisals and definitions
  • Becoming an appraiser – the requirements, process and examinations

Contact Samantha Kirby to register for this session. 

ISTAT NewGen Event

When: Sunday, 4 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Details: Looking for a convenient way to meet people who are new to the industry? The ISTAT NewGen event is a unique networking event designed exclusively for emerging industry leaders and offers the opportunity to mingle with peers and ISTAT Board members. We are excited to welcome C. Jeffrey Knittel, 2018 ISTAT Award winner, as the featured speaker at the ISTAT NewGen Event. In addition, the following professionals will be available to network with:

  • Shannon Ackert, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Jackson Square
  • Nina Jonsson, Senior Advisor, PlaneView Partners
  • Stu Rubin, Principal, ICF
  • Mark Streeter, Managing Director, JP Morgan

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Airbus 

When: Sunday, 4 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Details: After the sun sets on Sunday evening, the Welcome Reception begins. Join us as this event fills with both new connections and familiar friends.

ISTAT Group Run

Hosted by the ISTAT President 

When: Monday, 5 March  

Where: San Diego waterfront 

Time: 7:00 a.m. 

Cost: Complimentary 

Details: Lace up your tennis shoes, and jumpstart your morning with a beautiful run along the San Diego waterfront. Distances will range from one to six miles (10K). Groups will be separated by pace; all paces and abilities are welcome. Water and towels will be provided at start and finish. Meet on Waterfront Promenade, Marquis + Marina, Floor 2.

The Hub and Jet Fuel Café

Jet Fuel Café sponsored by GE Capital Aviation Services

When: Monday, 5 March and Tuesday, 6 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Details: Need a place for a meeting? Phone need charging? The Hub and Jet Fuel Café are the places to see and be seen at ISTAT Americas. Stop by The Hub to discuss business needs with exhibitors or enjoy all day refreshments, including coffee. The Jet Fuel Café will provide an extra caffeine boost by offering complimentary, specialty coffee such as lattes, cappuccinos and espressos.

ISTAT Women's Networking Reception in conjunction with IAWA 

When: Monday, 5 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 5:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Details: Hear from Mary Ellen Jones, Vice President, Sales – The Americas, Pratt & Whitney and connect with a wide range of fellow female industry professionals at this networking reception that recognizes women in the aviation industry.

Networking Reception 

Sponsored by Boeing 

When: Monday, 5 March

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Details: Take a journey through the history of flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. From the first hot air balloon to the display of space age technology, the museum unfolds the remarkable story of aviation history. 


When: Monday, 5 March

Where: Moonshine Flats

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Details: Relax and let loose for a night of live music and fun at Moonshine Flats. You're sure to have a good time at this vibrant venue featuring a country-western theme.

President's Gala Reception

When: Tuesday, 6 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Details: Before we toast the ISTAT Award winner, spend time with friends at this evening reception.

President's Gala Dinner and Award Presentation

When: Tuesday, 6 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Details: ISTAT has a long history of recognizing influential industry leaders with the prestigious ISTAT Award. Join us as we celebrate with a seated dinner at the President’s Gala Dinner, and raise a glass to the 2018 ISTAT Award winner, C. Jeffrey Knittel.

Tables may be sponsored for $1,750. Contact for additional details.

After Party

Sponsored by Aircastle

When: Tuesday, 6 March

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis + Marina

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Details: Can we get you a drink? End the conference on a high note at the After Party where it's networking, just how you want it. 

*All proceeds from the sailing event and golf tournament benefit the ISTAT Foundation and their ongoing scholarships, grants and educational programs.

**Golf coupon books include tickets to win various prizes.