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

Poker Tournament

Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland LLP 

Saturday, March 9
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
$50 per person
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Aces Up! The poker tournament is returning to ISTAT Americas. Get your ante ready and prepare to go all-in during this entertaining night of poker playing. All experience levels are invited to participate, but there are no guarantees of success; the winner will receive a prize.

ISTAT Foundation Golf Tournament* 

Sponsored by AVITAS, Inc and Vedder Price

Sunday, 10 March 
8:00 a.m. shotgun start
$365/person, $75 club rental, $50 golf coupon book**
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes

Up your game on this challenging central-Florida course designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Norman and his team put special emphasis on preserving the area's well-balanced ecosystem thriving with ponds, wetlands, live oaks and cypress heads. Lunch will be provided.

Foursome Requests: Foursome requests can be submitted to Sarah Zahorak. 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-served program. Golfers who do not choose to submit a foursome request will be randomly assigned.

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 your company logo at the golf hole. Add sponsorship through your registration

Kennedy Space Center Tour

Sunday, 10 March  
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$185/person - includes lunch, admission into the park and transportation to and from the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes and the Kennedy Space Center

Experience a tour that is out of this world! Begin the day with a private Explore Tour visiting the NASA Causeway and the Apollo/Saturn Center. Then, head to the Visitor's Complex, where you can explore the Rocket Garden, NASA Space Shuttle replicas and the newest attraction, Space Shuttle Atlantis and Space Shuttle Experience. Enjoy lunch accompanied by a NASA Astronaut, including a designated question and answer period.

ISTAT Tennis Tournament

Sponsored by SkyWorks

Sunday, 10 March  
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Serve it, Smash it, Win it, Love it! Own the court, or just try to get the ball over the net, in this round robin tennis tournament. A tennis professional will be onsite to provide instruction and help score the tournament. Rackets are available for rent.

ISTAT Appraising – An Introduction (formerly Appraising 101)

Sunday, 10 March
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mediterranean Ballroom 1

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

Sponsored by CFM

Sunday, 10 March
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cirtus Garden

Individuals who have been in the industry for 10 years or less are invited to grab a drink and connect with colleagues at this intimate gathering of the young. Special guest speaker and 2019 ISTAT Award Winner John Feren will share thoughts on what has made him successful in life and business. Chat with John and meet other emerging leaders at this reception designed exclusively for you.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 10 March
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Valencia Terrace

Get right to it and connect with colleagues at this opening reception. While there likely won’t be much conversation about The City Beautiful or the city’s symbol (that’s the fountain at Lake Eola you see in graphics), there’s sure to be a lot of conversation about aircraft, and you don’t want to miss that. Grab a drink. This is the place to be. #ThisisOrlandoISTAT

The Hub and Jet Fuel Café

Jet Fuel Café sponsored by GECAS

Monday, 11 March and Tuesday, 12 March
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Coquina Ballroom North

Head to the heart of the networking – The Hub and Jet Fuel Café.  With space for sitting and drinks for sipping, this is an ideal location to stop and park for a bit or just swing by as you run to your next meeting. Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss unique business needs and the complimentary specialty coffee such as lattes, cappuccinos and espressos will keep you energized throughout the day.

ISTAT Bistro

Monday, 11 March and Tuesday, 12 March
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Hub

ISTAT is on your time zone. Missed breakfast or lunch? Grab a drink and a bite at the ISTAT Bistro before heading out to your next meeting. If you’re in need of something stronger, stop by in the afternoon for a beer or glass of wine.

ISTAT Women's Networking Reception in conjunction with IAWA

Sponsored by CFM

Monday, 11 March
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Citrus Garden

Women in aviation are invited to connect at this special ISTAT reception uniquely designed for females. Several notable women within the industry will share brief comments about their careers. Gather insights from them and then make your way around the room as you chat with fellow female colleagues.

Networking Reception 

Sponsored by Boeing

Monday, 11 March
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Palazzo Ballroom Salon D

Get a sneak peek at what future ISTAT events have in store! During this diverse networking event, enjoy food and drink from across the globe. Mark your 2019 calendar for ISTAT Asia, ISTAT EMEA and ISTAT Latin America, and don't forget to save the date for ISTAT Americas 2020.


Sponsored by Avolon and Spire Flight Solutions A World Fuel Services Company

Monday, 11 March
9:30 p.m.

The band is back and better than ever! If you haven’t been to a Club ISTAT, make sure you put this on your agenda. Rocking out with colleagues is just one of the things that makes ISTAT such a unique society. Loosen your tie (if you dare) and join the fun!

ISTAT President's Group Run

Hosted by the ISTAT President; Sponsored by GECAS

Tuesday, 12 March 
7:00 a.m. 
Meet in Valencia Terrace

Rise and shine! A morning run is just what you’ll need at this point – fresh air, exercise and comfortable shoes – to start your day. Running 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 the start and finish.

President's Gala Reception

Tuesday, 12 March
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mediterranean Ballroom Pre-Function

We're kicking off the most anticipated night of the week with drinks and networking. Grab a cocktail and begin to relax as the President’s Gala Dinner ensues.

President's Gala Dinner and Award Presentation

Tuesday, 12 March
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mediterranean Ballroom

Prestige fills the air as the ISTAT community adorns and celebrates the 2019 ISTAT Award winner, John Feren. John joins the ranks of 18 other highly distinguished individuals who have made lasting contributions to the industry. Raise a glass and celebrate as ISTAT recognizes John with this illustrious award.

Dessert Reception + After Party

Sponsored by Aircastle Limited

Tuesday, 12 March
9:00 p.m.
Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen

The bar is still open! Head into the night with one final round (or two) of drinks as you enjoy the company of your friends and colleagues. ISTAT’s buying, so make it a good one!

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

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