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It's time to network, once again, in person. ISTAT EMEA offers a variety of opportunities to explore Edinburgh and its surrounding area, and connect with your aviation colleagues. 

Scottish Spirit Walking Tour of Edinburgh

When: Sunday, 3 October 
Duration: 4 hours
Time: 11:00 - 15:00 
Cost: £63 + £15 VAT per person

Edinburgh is a city best explored on foot. Local guides will lead tours of the city centre, stopping at the most famous sites of the Old Town of Edinburgh such as The Royal Mile, historical Grassmarket, and the medieval buildings. During the tour, you will stop by some hidden gems for delicious Scottish treats, including fish and chips, local beers, and ending with a favorite sweet treat.


St. Andrews Tour

When: Sunday, 3 October
Duration: 7-8 hours
Time: 8:30 departure, 16:30 expected arrival back in Edinburgh
Cost: £99 + £25 VAT per person

This is a great option for those looking to explore outside of Edinburgh while in Scotland! Buses will take participants to St. Andrews, and the tour will begin with a short orientation and overview of the town. All members will have lunch before choosing from two tour options: 

  1. Take a guided walking tour to explore the history of St. Andrews. This will include the St. Andrews Castle and St. Andrews Cathedral. You will have the chance to climb to the top of St. Rule's Tower for unrivalled views across the town.
  2. Spend your day exploring St. Andrews boutiques and hidden gems, as well as the beautiful sands of the west beach.


Golf Outing at Gleneagles

When: Sunday, 3 October
Time: 8:00 hotel departure; 10:30 tee time; approximate return to hotels  by 16:30
Cost: £252.50 + £47.95 VAT per person; £47.95 + £9.58 VAT for club rental (optional)

A golfer's playground, Gleneagles is the perfect place to kick off ISTAT EMEA. Recent host of The Ryder and Solheim Cups, you won't forget a game on this beautiful course. Registration includes golf fees, golf cart, light breakfast and lunch, as well as roundtrip transportation from either ISTAT hotel.


ISTAT Appraising – An Introduction 

When: Sunday, 3 October
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

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 Samantha Bolden to register for this session. 

ISTAT Rising Executives Event

When: Sunday, 3 October
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Sponsored by Avolon

The ISTAT Rising Executives Program, sponsored by Avolon, offers networking and educational opportunities to ISTAT members and professionals with less than ten years in the commercial aviation industry. Kick off ISTAT EMEA by expanding your network and getting to know colleagues who are new to and rising in the commercial aviation industry. From there, make your way to the ISTAT EMEA Welcome Reception. 

Welcome Reception

When: Sunday, 3 October
Time: 18:00 - 20:00 
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Sponsored by GA Telesis, LLC

Officially kick-off ISTAT EMEA with drinks, food and conversation at the Welcome Reception. This is an excellent opportunity to set meetings for the next two days and connect with old friends and colleagues you've missed over the last 18 months. Grab a drink and celebrate being together again at ISTAT EMEA.

The Hub and Jet Fuel Café

When: Monday, 4 October and Tuesday, 5 October
Time: 8:30 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Sponsored by AMCK Aviation

Whether you’re looking to quickly refuel between meetings or for a spot to settle into that’s close to all the action, you’ll want to make your way to The Hub and Jet Fuel Café. A popular feature at many ISTAT events, The Hub and Jet Fuel Café offer complimentary specialty coffee drinks and space to meet with friends and colleagues.

ISTAT Bistro

When: Monday, 4 October and Tuesday, 5 October
Time: 8:30 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Don't let an empty stomach distract you from your next meeting. The ISTAT Bistro has easy to grab food and beverages that will keep your fuel tank full as you move through your day.

ISTAT Women's Networking Reception

When: Monday, 4 October
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Sponsored by Avolon

Join us for a reception in celebration of the advancement of women in aviation. Raise a glass to the impact women are making within ISTAT and across the industry, as well as to the continued elevation of our female colleagues.

Networking Reception

When: Monday, 4 October
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: One Square Bar, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Sponsored by TrueNoord

Start your evening off with a few pints of local craft beer with your colleagues. Conveniently located at the Sheraton, this lively upscale bar and all weather outdoor terrace is the perfect place to connect with everyone you've missed this last year.


Networking Event

When: Tuesday, 5 October
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Locations: One Square Bar at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa and/or Edinburgh Castle

Sponsored by Boeing

The night is yours! Guests can choose between the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa or the Edinburgh Castle  – or a little of both – for drinks, food, and networking throughout the night. Shuttles will be provided between the Sheraton and Edinburgh Castle, the most recognizable site of the city. At the castle, EMEA delegates will have access to guided tours and spectacular views, as well as food and drinks. Drinks and pub style fare will be provided at One Square Bar at the Sheraton as well.

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After Party

When:  Tuesday, 5 October
Time: 21:00
Location: One Square Bar, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

ISTAT EMEA is coming to an end but the night is still young. Return to the hotel for one final round (or two) of drinks. We’re buying!