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ISTAT Professional Development Program



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.

PDP Program Cost: $4,000
PDP Airline Rate: $2,000

Application Criteria

  • 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.


Application Process Dates

  • Applications Open: 10 May 2023
  • Notification of Admission: Early August 2023

Asia Course Module Dates (participants are required to attend all three modules)

All modules will take place in Singapore at the PwC office (unless otherwise stated in the agenda) 

  • Module I – Airlines: 16-18 October
  • Module II – Aircraft: 19 & 22-23 October
  • Module III – Trading & Finance: 24-26 October

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ISTAT PDP Americas

Application Process Dates

  • Applications Open: 6 March 2023
  • Applications Close: 3 April 2023
  • Notification of Admission: May 2023

Americas Course Module Dates (participants are required to attend all four modules)

  • Module I: 29-31 August 2023 – Chicago
  • Module II: 28-30 November 2023 – Seattle
  • Module III: 6-8 February 2024 – New York
  • Module IV: 3-5 March 2024 – Austin (ISTAT Americas)

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Application Process Dates

  • Applications Open: 2 October 2023
  • Applications Close: 30 October 2023
  • Notification of Admission: Early December 2023

EMEA Module Dates & Locations (participants are required to attend all four modules)

  • Module I: 16-18 April 2024 – Dublin
  • Module II: 4-6 June 2024 – Toulouse
  • Module III: 16-18 July 2024 – Dublin
  • Module IV: 22-24 September 2024 – Istanbul (ISTAT EMEA 2024)

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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) three-day modules plus a one-day session (not applicable to ISTAT PDP Asia). 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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there scholarships available for ISTAT PDP students?

ISTAT does not offer scholarships to students for this program. We recommend that when seeking employer approval to participate, discuss financial support needed as well.

Does the course fee cover travel expenses?

The course fee covers the course and registration for the corresponding ISTAT EMEA or ISTAT Americas conferences (ISTAT PDP Asia does not align with an ISTAT conference). All travel and lodging will be the responsibility of the student or student employer.

If a student is accepted but cannot make it, can they defer to another?

If you are accepted into a course and later have to decline, you cannot defer to another course. We encourage you to reapply for a future offering.

Is there a dress code for PDP students during the course?

There is not a dress code, but business casual is a good option.