Avionics News March 2017 - 49
business was the best choice for
me, and it worked out.
Who are your customers?
They are a mixture of commercial
and military schools where
aviation personnel are trained in
Describe a typical
day for you.
I spend time responding
to customers with requests
for quotations, proposals and
preparing product information.
Some of my time is spent with
the technicians in the company
providing the technical guidance. I
catch up with other issues toward
the later part of the work day.
My day doesn't end at the office.
When I go home, I have customers
in various regions of the world in
different time zones, so I also work
from home. Frequently, I have to
respond to some customers in the
evening where it's morning in their
country. I also visit customers in
various countries, so I travel quite
a bit to conduct customer training
and guide them in establishing/
improving their training programs.
It gives me the opportunity to meet
and see new people and places.
What do you like best
about your job?
My work gives me the freedom
to come up with new ideas to
help the students and teachers. I
also enjoy seeing my products in
schools - seeing them used makes
me happy. Since there is a lot of
new technology in aircraft in the
last two decades, we are trying
to keep our products updated
so teachers find it easy to teach
the students. That's the mission.
Schools don't have big budgets,
so we need to find affordable
solutions for aircraft training.
What do you do to relax?
I try to go for a walk if it's not
snowing and not too cold. I prefer
to get out in the fresh air and
walk; that's my time for thinking. I
find the walk very relaxing, and it
gives me the perfect opportunity
to disconnect myself from a busy
life and think about and reflect
upon various things.
Tell me about your family.
Your 4-year-old son is now
My wife is an internist, and my
son, Mohammed, also is a doctor
in internal medicine. We have
two daughters, Sofia and Leena,
who are both at the University
of Michigan. Both are studying
pre-med, although they are still
undecided about actually pursuing
a career in medicine. My one
daughter is fond of animals, so
she is leaning toward veterinary
medicine. We have extended
family in Pakistan and go there
once a year on vacation. My wife
and kids love it. My mother and
mother-in-law and sisters are
there. My children can fluently
speak English and Urdu, and they
also have a good grasp of Arabic
We live a simple life despite
having the means to afford a more
luxurious lifestyle. My wife and
I both enjoy charitable giving -
that's what makes us happy. We
try to donate to various causes,
big and small. Sharing with others
what we have is very satisfying,
and spiritually nourishing to know
that people are being helped by
what we do.
What does the
future hold for you?
We are trying to come up with
new methods of teaching, which
is basically computer-based
learning. We have invested time
and money to the point where
we have shown our computerbased courseware to schools and
they've started buying. It's a very
effective teaching and learning
tool for teachers and students.
That's where our focus is, investing
a lot in multimedia technology for
aircraft training, and that's where
I think the growth will be for our
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