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At ISTAT Americas, the opportunity to network is around every corner. ISTAT encourages attendees to participate in the events listed below. 

ISTAT Foundation Golf Tournament

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: Registration opens at 6:30 in the JW Marriott Lobby with buses departing at 6:45. Breakfast and warm up at the driving range from 7:00 - 8:00; Shotgun start at 8:00; Lunch and tournament results and awards at 13:15; Buses depart back to JW Marriott at 14:15.
Location: Grey Rock Golf Course
Cost: $313 per person, $75 (plus tax) club rentals

Sponsored by AVITAS

Support the ISTAT Foundation in the annual ISTAT Foundation Golf Tournament at ISTAT Americas. The Grey Rock Golf Course is known as one of Austin's premier golf tennis club that's just mere minutes from downtown, yet worlds away in the heart of the Texas Hill country. It's where 160 acres of stately oaks and majestic views reach their full potential at the hand of master course designer Jay Morrish. This excursion includes green fees, golf cart rental, range golf balls, transportation, light breakfast and lunch, alcoholic beverage option, snacks and/or drinks from golf cart, and tournament schedule.

Registration is now closed for the golf outing as all spots are filled. Please note that registration is required to attend this outing.

Golf Hole Sponsorship: Support the ISTAT Foundation by sponsoring a golf hole at the tournament. The cost of the sponsorship is $1,000 and includes signage with the company logo at the golf hole. Add sponsorship through your registration. 

ISTAT Sporting Clays/Clay Target Shooting Outing

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 8:15 departure from JW Marriott Lobby. Buses depart back to the hotel at 13:30.
Location: Copperhead Creek Shooting Club, Marble Falls. TX
Cost: $198 per person (Event will be capped at 40 people)

The ISTAT Shooting Clays/Clay Target Shooting Event is back by popular demand! Taking place at the beautiful Copperhead Creek Shooting Club, located approximately one hour northwest of downtown Austin in Texas Hill Country. Sporting Clays is often described as "golf with a shotgun," with different shooting stands providing a variety of different clay targets for participants. Beginners and "never-evers" who have never shot a gun are strongly encouraged to come out, with instructors available at all times and a fun, non-threatening and safe environment for everyone. No experience is necessary - shooters of all skill levels are welcome!

Upon arrival at the Club, following an introduction and safety briefing, we will divide into small groups of shooters, with a dedicated instructor for each group at all times. Loaner guns and all safety equipment (glasses and ear protection) will be provided and are included in the cost. Cost of the event includes 50 rounds of shooting, all necessary equipment, and Texas BBQ lunch and snacks at the Club.  Please make sure to eat breakfast before departing for the event.

Real Austin Tour

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 10:00  from JW Marriott Lobby. 14:15 arrival back at the hotel.
Location: Downtown Austin
Cost: $179 per person (Event will be capped at 25 people)

Discover the best of the city!  This tour gives visitors a great snapshot of Austin: get dizzy gazing upward at the Capitol’s dome, indulge in treats from iconic food trucks, explore cool outdoor art, snap photos at city landmarks, and check out funky neighborhoods only a local would know about.  The tour is jam-packed with facts, history and trivia on everything from Whole Foods to the UT campus, and everyone from Michael Dell to Willie Nelson.  We will stop at a food truck park for lunch and end the day at the infamous “I Love You So Much” mural on South Congress for a photo and optional shopping.

This tour includes local guide, transportation, one coffee, and food truck lunch and alcoholic beverage option.

Please note that a minimum of participants is required for the tour to move forward. ISTAT will communicate if the tour has been canceled 2-3 weeks in advance of the event.

ISTAT Appraising – An Introduction

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Location: Room 406

As a core program of ISTAT, the Appraisers Program has been providing value and resources to members and the global aviation community 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 ISTAT to register for this session. 

ISTAT Rising Executives Event

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Lone Star Ballroom F, 3rd Floor of JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Avolon

Calling all future leaders! Hear from Clemens Metz, director of corporate finance and treasury at American Airlines, on what it takes to become a successful executive in the industry. Prepare questions before you arrive as there will be time for Q&A. Afterwards, engage with fellow Rising Executive members and people like you in other parts of the industry at a relaxed and intimate gathering designed for individuals with 10 years or less of experience. Continue your conversations at the Welcome Reception, which immediately follows this event.

Welcome Reception

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: JW Grand Ballroom 5, JW Marriott Austin

After more than a year of being apart, we’re craving interactions that don’t involve an Internet connection. Thankfully, ISTAT Americas offers numerous opportunities to connect in-person again—starting with the conference’s Welcome Reception. Join us for drinks and canapés as we reconnect face-to-face with those we’ve not seen.  

The Hub and Jet Fuel Café

When: Monday, 15 November and Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 8:30 - 17:00
Location: Lone Star Ballroom, JW Marriott Austin

Jet Fuel Café Sponsored by GECAS

Consistently one of the busiest areas at ISTAT conferences, The Hub and Jet Fuel Café provide a space for you to network, hold informal meetings or work while enjoying complimentary specialty coffee drinks, such as cappuccinos, espressos and lattes all day.

ISTAT Bistro

When: Monday, 15 November and Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 8:30 - 17:30
Location: Lone Star Ballroom, JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Vedder Price

Don’t get hangry—replenish your energy at the ISTAT Bistro! Grab a drink and a quick bite before heading to into the next meeting or session. If you need something stronger, stop by in the afternoon for a beer or a glass of wine. 

Roundtable Lunches

Freighter Market Roundtable Lunch - SOLD OUT
When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 11:45 - 14:00
Location: Brazos, JW Marriott Austin

From looking at (1) freighter market dynamics and forecast, (2) the narrowbody freighter market, (3) the widebody freighter market, (4) engine considerations, (5) a cargo airline perspective and (6) current market values and lease rates, this workshop will help you to kick start your freighter market knowledge. Each expert will lead one discussion table dedicated to one sub-category of freighters. You will be able to join two tables. Registration is required to attend. Space is limited for this event.

Download the Freighter Roundtable Brochure to learn more about presenters, speakers and more.

Registration is now closed as all spots are filled. Please note that registration is required to attend this lunch.

Airline Restructuring In and Out of Court Roundtable Lunch
 Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 11:30 - 13:45
Location: Brazos, JW Marriott Austin

This session will explore the issues typically encountered in airline restructurings, alternative approaches to addressing them, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Particular emphasis will be given to the differences between court-supervised and and-of-court processes, as well as the unique themes and circumstances of COVID-driven reorganizations.

Please contact Cam Monge of Seabury Capital at to register and save your spot.

ISTAT Women's Networking Reception

When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 17:15 - 18:00
Location: Veranda in OP Italian, 1st Floor of JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Avolon

If you’re a woman of ISTAT, join other female colleagues for a reception in celebration of women’s advancements in aviation. You’ll walk away with a support network that you'll engage with for years to come. Join Pam Hendry from United Airlines and Meghan Montana from American Airlines for opening remarks followed by a Q&A.

Networking Reception

When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: JW Grand Ballroom 5

Sponsored by Boeing

Put down your phones and grab a beer instead! You won’t need it as you make your rounds during the Networking Reception. Use this opportunity to close that big deal, further your business relationships or tell that joke you’ve practiced all quarantine. Drinks and canapés will be served.


When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 21:30
Location: Antone's Nightclub

Over the past 40 years, Antone’s has brought Austin a variety of blues and musicians from across the country, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, and James Brown, and now it will host our ISTAT Band again! You’re not going to want to miss the party happening at Club ISTAT. We guarantee you’ll be rocking until the last chord is struck.

ISTAT Past President's Run

When: Monday, 15 November and Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 7:45 
Meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott Austin

They say that getting up early can have surprising benefits for your mental and physical health. Find out for yourself by joining others for a refreshing run along the beautiful Colorado River/Lady Bird Lake—located just a block from the conference hotel. Runners will be divided into pace groups of various running speeds for a traffic-free run that’s about 1 to 5+ miles long.

Both water and snacks will be provided at the start and finish.

President's Gala Reception

When: Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Location: JW Grand Ballroom Foyer, JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Air Lease Corporation

Slip into your nicest business attire and head to the President’s Gala Reception. It’s your opportunity to grab a cocktail and mingle with your new business connections before heading into the conference’s main event—the President’s Gala Dinner and Award Presentation.

President's Gala Dinner and Award Presentation

When: Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 
Location: JW Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Air Lease Corporation

You have to admire the tenacity of our industry after a year of challenges, and celebrate the individuals who have made lasting contributions to it, including the 2021 ISTAT Award Winner—Abdol Moabery. Raise a glass and congratulate him and his accomplishments at the President’s Gala Dinner and Award Dinner!

After Party

When: Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 21:00 
Location: Corner Restaurant and Bar,  Lobby Level, JW Marriott Austin

Not quite ready to say goodbye? You can still catch up with old colleagues and meet new connections before calling it a night. It’s the cherry on top to an already successful event!