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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; Buses depart from JW Marriott lobby 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.

Foursome Requests: Foursome requests can be submitted Emily Kelley. 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 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 to 13:30 arrival back at the hotel 
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.

Day in Hill Country

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 10:00 - 15:00 
Location: Texas Hill Country
Cost: $250 per person (Event will be capped at 25 people)

Visitors have been coming to the Texas Hill Country for centuries – drawn by the scenic beauty and abundant natural resources.  The mild climate of the region makes the area a year-round destination.  In general, the Texas Hill Country features low humidity and a gentle breeze.  Texas has long been famous for its amazing BBQ, but many people don’t know the state is the 5th largest wine producer in the U.S., so why not pair famous BBQ with fantastic wine?  We start at the Salt Lick, one of the most famous BBQ pits in the Lone Star State, and then wind through the hills, stopping at two of Central Texas’ best wineries.

Tour inclusive of guide, transportation, BBQ lunch and (2) two wine tastings per person. 

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.

Real Austin Tour, Lunch and SoCo

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 10:00 - 14:15
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.

Tour includes guide, transporation, (1) one cofee, food truck with 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: Veranda in OP Italian, 1st Floor of JW Marriott Austin

Sponsored by Avolon

Calling all future leaders! Engage with senior executives 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. You’ll gain exposure among industry leaders and forge new friendships to tap throughout your career.

Welcome Reception

When: Sunday, 14 November
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: JW Grand Ballroom 1-5, 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 - 17:30
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

The Fright Masterclass
When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 11:45 - 14:00
Location: Brazos, JW Marriott Austin


Roundtable Lunch
 Tuesday, 16 November
Time: 11:30 - 13:45
Location: Brazos, JW Marriott Austin


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.

Networking Reception

When: Monday, 15 November
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: TBD

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.


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!

Dessert Reception and After Party

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

Got a sweet tooth—and not quite ready to say goodbye? You can still catch up with old colleagues and meet new connections between bites of Instagram-worthy desserts. It’s the cherry on top to an already successful event!