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ISTAT PDP Americas

Dates and Locations

  • Module I: 23-25 August 2022 – Chicago
  • Module II: 29 November – 1 December 2022 – Seattle
  • Module III: 7-9 February 2023 – New York
  • Module IV: 5 March 2023 – San Diego (ISTAT Americas)

Criteria for application includes:

  • This program is designed for individuals with 1-5 years of professional experience with an airline, lessor, bank, OEM, MRO, consultancy, trader, lawyer, or appraiser.
  • Applicants must be either 1) an individual ISTAT member 2) employed by an ISTAT corporate member company or 3) recommended by an ISTAT member/company.
  • It is recommended that candidates have an ISTAT member mentor.

Applications are closed for the 2022-2023 course. 

PDP Program Cost: $3,500
PDP Airline Rate: $1,750


ISTAT’s Professional Development Program (PDP) in association with PwC takes a deep dive into the airline industry, the design, manufacturing, maintenance and valuation of commercial aircraft, and the trading & financing of them. Participants will also profit from valuable networking time with peers and industry leaders at unique events during each module. Industry experts from ISTAT’s membership will lead sessions, sharing insights on the business.

ISTAT PDP is a down-payment towards the future success of participants' professional career.

Upon completion of the program, students can expect to have obtained a thorough understanding of the business of trading and financing commercial aviation. A certificate will be provided at a graduation ceremony during the last session.

Are you not sure if this is the right program for you based on your industry experience? View this ISTAT program overview guide to find your best fit.


Program Topics

This cutting edge program comprises three (3) six-day modules plus a one-day session. Participants are required to attend all modules in order to complete the course. 

Topics include: 

  • Module I: Airline business and economics 
  • Module II: Aircraft design and manufacturing, aircraft valuation and aircraft maintenance
  • Module III: Aircraft trading and finance
  • Module IV: Conclusion and assessment and evaluation 

In addition to the technical skills gained in each module, participants will learn negotiation, presentation and communication skills. Click here to view a detailed outline of the ISTAT PDP Americas schedule.


ISTAT PDP features instructors of the highest caliber – individuals who are industry leaders and ISTAT members with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Interactions and engagements with these industry icons will be one of the key differentiators of this program. Participants will benefit from exposure to the broader community of professionals within the commercial aircraft trading and financing industry. 

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Student Resources

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