Friday's Fabulous Flyer
"I was born in Karachi, a port city in Pakistan. My city was close to an air force base and I guess my parents noted that I liked the airplanes so they nurtured my passion. By the time I was entering college, the best way to enter aviation was through joining the military. I did try but never made it.
The second best thing I knew was drawing and I picked up architecture as a major. But the love of aviation never dies....it runs in your veins. It makes you dream and also makes you sleepless. 2003 I decided that I must pursue aviation. The same year I moved to Florida and did my MS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle and subsequently worked in various different roles within the industry.
In 2010 I went back to ERAU again and got my MBA and MS in Aviation Finance.At the same time I started flying and currently have almost 300 hours. Only I know how badly I want to get into the right seat. I don't know when, but I know I will not be at peace until I have done so . ( that's why I want to build a case against the ATP rule )
As for my aviation art, I have never done it professionally, but I have produced art work for some private collectors as well some fighter squadrons in Pakistan Air Force. I always look for a personality in an aircraft and see how I can bring that out in my sketches.
I am a supporter for women in aviation. The very first portrait that I did was of Capt. Nicole Malachowski - the first female Thunderbird pilot. I would like to do a series of women aviators someday highlighting their contribution in modern day commercial aviation. I am currently work for American Airlines as a Senior Analyst in Information Technology -Finance group."
Inspiration never ends when a pilot is dreaming to fly. I will do my best to help Ali reach his dreams and support re-regulation with the arbitrary 1500-hour rule.
Hours don't make a pilot, ability and aptitude do.
Ali Thank you for Sharing your Story!
And your Artwork is
Enjoy the Journey!