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ISTAT Professional Development Program


Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, we regret to share that we are cancelling the program for 2020 and will postpone all modules to 2021.

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

ISTAT PDP will launch in Dublin in 2021 with plans to expand to Asia and Americas. This cutting edge program comprises three (3) three-day classroom 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.


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. 

2021 Proposed Dates and Locations

  • Module I: April – Dublin (PwC facilities)
  • Module II: June – Toulouse (Airbus facilities)
  • Module III: September  – Dublin (PwC facilities)
  • Module IV: October – Edinburgh (ISTAT EMEA conference)