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Istat in the middle of the action: incoming ISTAT president Michael A. Metcalf, president of Flightplan International, offers his views. (Special Section).(Interview)

As ISTAT approaches its 20th anniversary, has the association achieved the expectations for it?

To say that STAT has exceeded the initial expectations of the 29 founding members is a great understatement. The original hope was for a professional/social organization where members could get together to exchange ideas relative to the commercial aviation climate prevailing at any given point in time--in a relaxed atmosphere, with the goal being better communication and exchange of ideas, which could hopefully benefit the industry and the members' bottom lines. I really don't think any of we founding members anticipated the 1,200-plus global membership and the welcome spotlight now focused on ISTAT as perhaps the premier international aviation forum relative to its annual conference, European conference and its Farnborough and Paris [Air Show] gatherings. Additionally, the STAT International Appraisers Program has grown to be the largest global program certifying aircraft appraisers while providing an annual continuing education program. …

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