Saturday-Monday, September 9-11th
Pre-Conference Suggestions TBD
Tuesday, September 12th
Welcome Night at Alaska Aviation Museum
Wednesday, September 13th
General Business Meeting
Luncheon / Group Photo in Uniform
Conference Celebration Reception & Silent Auction
Thursday, September 14th
Anchorage City Tour
Friday to Saturday, September 15-16th
-UTV Excursion along Knik River Trailhead
-Portage for Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Chugach Mountain Range. Catamaran Cruise of Prince William Sound
The 2023 ISA+21 Conference is where we are so excited to catch up with our friends all over the world! Although this page has a lot of “TBD’s” right now, Bookmark it and check back for updates! This will be your go-to page for all the information you need to know for the Anchorage Conference! Be sure to check the FAQs below for commonly asked questions!
Arrive into Anchorage (ANC)
Taxi/Uber/Lyft – 6 miles, Approximately $25
Cost: $219 USD/Night
If you are in need of a roommate for the conference, please contact our Roommate Coordinator, Lynn, at: email@example.com
The Alaska Aviation Museum is located in the heart of Alaska aviation. It sits on the south shore of Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world, with more than 87,000 takeoﬀs and landings per year. A half-mile away is Ted Stevens International Airport, the air crossroads of the world. You can watch takeoﬀs and landings right from the museum.
The museum presents one of the finest displays of Alaskan aviation history with interactive displays, memorabilia, photographs, films and artifacts from personal collections of Alaska’s pioneer aviators.
Dress Code: Full Uniform including Jackets (No Hats)
Dress Code: Cocktail
On Thursday we will have the opportunity to discover the rich cultural heritage of the many native peoples of Alaska at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, located on a 26-acre campus that includes a 26,000 square foot Welcome House and six Traditional Village Sites. The Alaska Native Heritage Center’s mission is to provide a gathering place to perpetuate, celebrate and share Alaska Native traditions through exhibits and educational programs for the cultural enrichment of all.
We will be greeted on arrival by Native Tradition Bearers, artists, and performers before we tour six historic village exhibits each built around a lake to depict the history and traditions of 11 Native peoples and regions from across the state.
After the tour we will depart for a self-guided tour of the Anchorage Museum. The main exhibition is titled “Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska. This exhibit features more than 600 objects from the Smithsonian’s collections that were selected and interpreted with help from Alaska Native advisers. Examples include an 1893 Tlingit war helmet from the southeast Alaska village of Taku and a 1935 Inupiaq feast bowl from Wales, near Nome on Alaska’s northwest coast. In addition to its gallery space, the 10,000-square-foot center encourages research about Alaska Native cultures through an archaeology laboratory and a community room where Alaska Native elders, artists and scholars can study heritage objects up close.
We will stop for lunch today at the 49th State Brewery. Perched on a hill overlooking the Port of Anchorage and Cook Inlet, there’s not a bad seat in the house! Enjoy one of 49th State Breweries award-winning beers while experiencing a menu filled with freshly sourced Alaskan foods and wild Alaskan seafood.
The day continues with a guided private tour of the city, including the history and folklore of some of Anchorage’s most famous highlights. We will have a guide to tell us all the history and folklore of some of Anchorage’s most famous highlights. Sites will include Ship Creek to see the salmon swimming upstream, Ulu Factory, Earthquake Park. where, in 1964, an entire neighborhood slid into the ocean during the last century’s most powerful earthquake., Lake Hood Seaplane base, the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world, and a final stop at Alaska Wild Berry factory for some delicious locally made sweet treats.
*Our post-conference trip will be two day-long excursions, returning the Anchorage Marriott each night, so be sure to extend your reservations if needed.*
On Friday morning we will take a one-hour drive to the Knik river trailhead where we will be outfitted with helmets & rainwear before we set off for a guided ride in UTVs or four-wheelers through a remote, glaciated, backcountry valley, through beautiful meadows, along glacial streams, and past scenic mountains and waterfalls to the ultimate sight of Alaska’s mighty Knik Glacier. We will stop to refuel for the equally stunning trip back with a camp-style hot lunch while we warm up by the campfire. This once in a lifetime adventure is an unbeatable experience of nature’s wonders, making memories to last a lifetime!
We will head south to Portage on Saturday to visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a guided tour of the park and it’s inhabitants. AWCC is an educational and viewing facility as well as a rehabilitation center for orphaned or injured Alaskan wildlife including Brown Bear, Black Bear, Bald Eagle, Sitka Black Tail Deer, Elk, Arctic Musk Ox, Wood Bison and more.
After departing the AWCC, the motorcoaches will travel through a three-mile tunnel originally built during WWII which goes through the Chugach Mountain Range, exiting on the other side to the port town of Whittier. Here guests will board a beautiful, catamaran style cruise boat which will take them on a sightseeing adventure to experience Prince William Sound. We believe Prince William Sound is Alaska’s best kept secret! Today attendees will take a 5-hour catamaran cruise will travel through some of the most beautiful scenery in Prince William Sound providing the best opportunity for both wildlife and glacier viewing in the sound. This glacier cruise departs from Whittier and explores the calm waters and wild sights of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Guests will discover glacier-carved fjords and pristine wilderness around every turn, watching marine wildlife and migratory birds along the way. Traveling in comfort aboard this safe, modern high-speed catamaran.
Select merchandise items will be available for purchase on site at the Anchorage Conference. Buy your merchandise ahead of time to ensure you get the items on your list!
The conference registration fee includes the events and meals listed above on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Thursday Anchorage day tour, and Pre and Post Conference side trips are in addition to the regular conference registration fee.
Conference Registration Timeline and Pricing:
Additional Optional Activities:
Pre-Conference Sidetrip- $XXX
HALPs Activity – $XX
Tour Anchorage – $XXX
Post-Conference Sidetrip – $XXX
*Bus transportation (roundtrip), hotel room (double occupancy), and some meals are included in the Pre and Post- Conference side trip price.
Individual Members have access to register for the whole conference. (You must be an active member to have access to the registration page). Individual members can register their guests to participate in all aspects of the conference with the exception of the business meeting on Wednesday morning (members only). While we are in our meeting, we will provide an activity for our guests (aka HALPs: Helpers of Airline Pilots, ie. spouses, family, friends, etc.).
Aspiring Members have limited access. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Exhibitors – Interested in sponsoring are sharing your business with ISA+21 Members? Reach out to email@example.com if you would like to be represented at our conference.
It is really an amazing site to see so many female airline pilots all in uniform at once. The annual group photo is a long-standing tradition where we wear our uniforms, including blazer. Some of our retired members even keep their uniforms altered so they can participate in the fun! Our professional photographers also have requested that even if you don’t have a uniform blazer, to at least wear a dark blazer or cardigan over your white shirt, so the white balance of the camera isn’t thrown off by a single white-only shirt. Hats are not required.
Cocktail or Semi-Formal Attire
Business Meeting & Photo:
Full Uniform including Jackets (No Hats)
Check the weather forecast, and dress for the weather, including walking shoes!