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IAC WASHINGTON Events

Information on all IAC events will be posted below as it becomes available. All luncheons are scheduled to begin at Noon.

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Upcoming events

    • June 25, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Army and Navy Club, 901 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
    • 101
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    Capt. Jason Ambrosi (Delta) is the 12th president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA). He leads the world’s largest airline pilot union and nongovernmental aviation safety organization, proudly representing more than 77,000 airline pilots in the United States and Canada. ALPA’s Board of Directors elected Capt. Ambrosi on October 19, 2022.

    During his four-year term, Capt. Ambrosi will guide ALPA through the ever-changing aviation industry as well as the generational demographic shift occurring within the union and throughout the profession. Capt. Ambrosi brings 25 years of ALPA experience that will support, engage, and inspire our newest members—and future pilots.

    Capt. Ambrosi builds on ALPA’s 90-plus-year history of advancing the aviation profession and understands the unique issues that impact our members’ careers and the expanding industry. Under his leadership, ALPA will continue to negotiate industry-leading contracts, protect and promote pilot jobs, and ensure that aviation safety remains a top priority.

    As a collaborative labor leader, Capt. Ambrosi proudly stands shoulder to shoulder with pilots and other frontline workers across the globe to send a clear message to management teams that the labor force deserves to be recognized for their contributions and the sacrifices made during the pandemic to keep companies operational. Under his leadership as the Delta pilots’ Master Executive Council chair, the airline emerged well-positioned for the post-COVID travel recovery.

    Capt. Ambrosi flies the 767ER at Delta Air Lines and plans to maintain his currency throughout his ALPA presidency. He began his airline flying career at Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a former Delta Connection carrier and regional airline. Hired by Delta in 2000 just 18 months prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Capt. Ambrosi lived through the instability of the airline industry during its darkest days and was among the many pilots furloughed after 9/11. He lost his pension when Delta Air Lines filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

    While on furlough, Capt. Ambrosi worked for a charter airline where he advocated for labor representation and helped build a strong safety culture. This experience shaped him into the labor visionary he is today, understanding that unity is the common denominator among all pilots.

    In addition to his ALPA responsibilities, Capt. Ambrosi is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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    Registration will open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.

    Space is limited. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged.

    Please let us know if you have special dietary needs no less than three business days prior to the event. Requests received within three days are not guaranteed to be accommodated.

    Guest names for name tags, recommendations to the Club for government invitees, and other questions should be sent to info@iacwashington.org.

    • September 10, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Jones Day, 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20001
    • 17
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    L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner

    The prestigious annual L. Welch Pogue Award for lifetime achievement in aviation will be presented to Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly, on Tuesday, September 10, 2024.

    The first L. Welch Pogue Award was presented in 1994 to its namesake, the former chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board and a U.S. delegate to the Chicago Convention, which created the legal blueprint for post-World War II expansion of commercial aviation.

    Gary Kelly joins a long line of preeminent L. Welch Pogue Award winners who have helped shape modern international commercial air transportation.

    The L. Welch Pogue Award is jointly presented by the International Aviation Club, Aviation Week Network, and Jones Day.

    Schedule of Events

    5:30 p.m. -- Reception

    6:45 p.m. -- Call to Dinner

    7:00 p.m. -- Dinner and Presentations

    Gary Kelly is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Southwest Airlines. Most recently, Gary served as Southwest’s Chief Executive Officer for 18 years from 2004 through January 2022. Under Gary’s leadership, Southwest grew to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking 39th in 2024. 

    Gary began his career at Southwest Airlines in 1986 as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO in 2001, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. Gary started his career in 1977 as a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas.

    Southwest Airlines enjoyed an unprecedented streak of 47 consecutive years of profitability until 2020—a record unmatched in the commercial aviation industry. Southwest ranked as the highest Low-Cost Carrier for Customer Satisfaction in the J.D. Power North American Satisfaction Study for the fourth year in a row in 2020 and has been named as one of Glassdoor’s Best Places to work for the past 13 consecutive years.

    Gary’s biggest source of pride is the fact that Southwest Airlines has never had a single layoff in the airline’s 50-plus-year history. Gary pioneered the airline’s transformation through several major initiatives, including the acquisition of AirTran Airways, the repeal of the Wright Amendment, the launch of international destinations for the first time in Southwest’s history, the installment of a new reservation system, and the launch of service to Hawaii in 2019—all while staying true to the Company’s core values and People-centric Culture.        

    Gary has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award by the Ireland Funds; 2017 Wings Club Distinguished Achievement Award; 2017 Junior Achievement Dallas Business Hall of Fame; 2016 Texas Business Hall of Fame; and 2016 Tony Jannus Award. Gary was twice named D CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year; he has been named one of the best CEOs in America by Institutional Investor magazine three times. Gary was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, and the UT McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2013. Gary received the 2013 Father of the Year Award and the 2013 McLane Leadership in Business Award at Texas A&M University.    

    Gary recently retired from the Board of Airlines for America, the airline industry advocacy group, where he served as Chairman from 2012-2014 and 2020-2022. Gary is a member of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Dallas Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Dallas Citizen’s Council and an appointee to the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, under the U.S. Department of Commerce, since 2022.





Past events

May 28, 2024 Luncheon Featuring Heidi N. Gómez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs
May 07, 2024 Aero Club of Washington & International Aviation Club: Capitol Connections
March 19, 2024 IAC First Day of Spring Reception Honoring International Aviation Service
March 19, 2024 Luncheon Featuring Marc Nichols, Chief Counsel, FAA
February 14, 2024 SOLD OUT: Luncheon Featuring Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2nd District)
January 09, 2024 Luncheon Featuring Magda Kopczyńska, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
December 06, 2023 IAC Holiday Reception
November 02, 2023 IAC & Aero Club Networking Happy Hour
October 24, 2023 SOLD OUT: Luncheon Featuring Kathryn “Katie” Thomson, FAA Deputy Administrator
September 12, 2023 SOLD OUT: L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Rodney E. Slater
August 01, 2023 Networking Reception & Awards Presentation for Ben Baldanza
June 01, 2023 SOLD OUT Luncheon Featuring Carol A. (Annie) Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs
April 27, 2023 Sold Out: Luncheon Featuring Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic Limited
March 23, 2023 Luncheon Featuring Rep. Sam Graves, Chair, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
February 22, 2023 Sold Out: Luncheon Featuring Nicholas Calio, President & CEO, Airlines for America (A4A)
January 12, 2023 Luncheon Featuring Dina Ben Tal Ganancia, CEO, EL AL
December 08, 2022 IAC Holiday Reception
November 02, 2022 SOLD OUT: Luncheon Featuring Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO, RwandAir Ltd & Chair-Elect, IATA Board of Governors
October 06, 2022 Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Open Skies
September 14, 2022 L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Fred Smith
August 30, 2022 Summer Networking Event
May 19, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Carsten Spohr, CEO, Lufthansa Group
April 28, 2022 L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Oscar Munoz
March 10, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Huntley Lawrence, COO/Director, Aviation, Port Authority NY & NJ
February 10, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Bjørn Tore Larsen, Founder & CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways
December 14, 2021 Fireside Chat: Audrey Powers, Vice President, New Shepard Mission & Flight Operations, Blue Origin
November 18, 2021 Fireside Chat: Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
October 27, 2021 Fireside Chat: Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group
August 19, 2021 Listen & Learn: Regulations in the Air
July 22, 2021 Fireside Chat: Edward Sims, President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet Airlines
June 08, 2021 Listen & Learn: Pieter Elbers, President & Chief Executive Officer, KLM
May 12, 2021 Listen & Learn: Aviation’s Sustainability Surge
April 20, 2021 Fireside Chat: Steve Dickson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
March 11, 2021 Listen & Learn: Nicholas Calio, Airlines for America
February 11, 2021 Listen & Learn: The Mission of the Century-Aviation’s Role in Global COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery
January 12, 2021 Listen & Learn: Mark Baker, President & CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
December 09, 2020 IAC & IAWA Fireside Chat with Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States
November 12, 2020 Listen & Learn: Views from Capitol Hill: Congressional Aviation Policy in the Next Congress
October 06, 2020 Listen & Learn with Jeff Shane, former General Counsel, International Air Transport Association
September 17, 2020 Listen & Learn with Captain Joe DePete, President, Air Line Pilots Association
August 13, 2020 Virtual Fireside Q&A with Joanna Geraghty, President & COO of JetBlue
July 22, 2020 Listen & Learn Webinar: How are Airlines and Airports Restoring Confidence and Providing a Safe Environment for Travelers During the Pandemic?
June 16, 2020 Listen & Learn Webinar: Current, Short-Term, and Longer-Term Financial Prospects for the Airline Industry in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 12, 2020 Listen & Learn Featuring David Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs
April 29, 2020 POSTPONED: Luncheon Featuring Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
March 19, 2020 POSTPONED: Luncheon Featuring Pieter Elbers, President & Chief Executive Officer, KLM
February 12, 2020 Luncheon Featuring Barry Eccleston, Past CEO & President, Airbus Americas, Inc.
January 21, 2020 SOLD OUT! Luncheon on Global Safety Management: Challenges & Opportunities
December 04, 2019 IAC Holiday Reception
November 07, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Zhihang Chi, Vice President, North America, Air China
October 16, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue
September 17, 2019 2019 L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Marion Blakey
July 23, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
June 27, 2019 SOLD OUT! Luncheon Featuring Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America
May 07, 2019 May 7th Luncheon Featuring Ambassador Thomas L. Carter, Permanent Representative of the United States of America, International Civil Aviation Organization
April 24, 2019 April 24 Luncheon Featuring Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
February 13, 2019 February 13th Luncheon Featuring Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA
January 23, 2019 January 23rd Luncheon Featuring Enrique Beltranena, Chief Executive Officer, Volaris
September 12, 2018 SOLD OUT: 2018 L. WELCH POGUE AWARD DINNER
September 06, 2018 September IAC Lunch Speaker: Mr. Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian.
July 19, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT
July 19, 2018 July 19th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
June 20, 2018 IMPORTANT NOTICE ON JUNE 20 LUNCHEON
May 24, 2018 May 24th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Dan Elwell, Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator
May 09, 2018 Welcome Reception for Hugo Yon and Joel Szabat
April 04, 2018 April 4th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Andrew Watterson, EVP & CRO, Southwest Airlines
March 02, 2018 March 2nd Luncheon Featuring Mr. Derek Kan, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
December 04, 2017 2017 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
September 07, 2017 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
July 10, 2017 July 10th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Henrik Hololei, EU Director-General for Transport and Mobility
June 07, 2017 June 7th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Carsten Spohr, CEO, Lufthansa Group
May 23, 2017 May 23rd Luncheon Featuring Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants
April 28, 2017 April 28th Luncheon Featuring David Melcher, AIA
March 22, 2017 International Aviation Club March 22nd Luncheon
February 08, 2017 International Aviation Club February 8th Luncheon Panel Discussion
January 11, 2017 International Aviation Club January 11th Luncheon Greg Guice
November 09, 2016 International Aviation Club November 9th Luncheon Willie Walsh
October 06, 2016 International Aviation Club October 6 Luncheon
July 13, 2016 International Aviation Club July 13 Luncheon
June 22, 2016 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
June 13, 2016 International Aviation Club June 13 Luncheon
May 18, 2016 International Aviation Club May 18 Luncheon
April 27, 2016 International Aviation Club April 27 Luncheon
March 30, 2016 International Aviation Club March 30 Luncheon
February 24, 2016 International Aviation Club February Luncheon
December 10, 2015 2015 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 04, 2015 International Aviation Club November Luncheon
October 09, 2015 International Aviation Club October Luncheon
September 02, 2015 International Aviation Club September Luncheon
June 25, 2015 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
May 20, 2015 International Aviation Club May Luncheon
March 26, 2015 International Aviation Club March Luncheon
January 28, 2015 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 10, 2014 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 20, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
October 09, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
September 29, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
July 31, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 26, 2014 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
May 02, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 10, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
March 10, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 19, 2013 2013 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
December 11, 2013 IAC SPECIAL EVENT - State of the Aviation Industry Speech by Chairman Bill Shuster
November 15, 2013 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
September 10, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
August 01, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 26, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
May 16, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 23, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 03, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
February 13, 2013 February 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
January 31, 2013 January 2013 Member & Guest Reception
January 17, 2013 January 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 03, 2012 2012 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 08, 2012 November 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
October 18, 2012 October 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
September 13, 2012 September 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
July 19, 2012 IAC July Summer Reception
July 17, 2012 July 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 07, 2012 June 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 25, 2012 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
March 29, 2012 March 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
February 23, 2012 February 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon


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