Usman Jamil Khan, 7966/Qasim

Usman Jamil Khan - 1999

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Usman Jamil Khan, kit no. 7966/Qasim House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1979 in 8th Class and left the college in 1984 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born at Sialkot on 14 June 1967 and got married to Mrs. Nazish on 12 June 2000. They have 3 children - Sumer Nasim and Harris.

Usman's father was in Pakistan Army. Therefore the family kept moving to different cities of Pakistan based on his father's postings. Thus during his childhood, he lived in Dacca, Comilla, Chittagong, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi.

His very early pre-school years were spent in East Pakistan. The family was evacuated to West Pakistan during the 1971 war and his father was then posted to Multan.

He started his early education in Multan where he was at the Multan Cantt Public School for his kindergarten during 1971-1972. During 1973-1975, he studied at Sialkot Cantt Public School and from 1975-1979 at Syr Syed School Rawalpindi. A year before moving to Petaro, he studied at Cantt Public School Karachi from where he completed his 7th class.

Usman was always good at sports throughout his school career. He was the Pakistan junior champion under 12 for tennis.

Thus, when he joined Petaro, it was natural for him to be a part of almost every sports team.

He ended up being the Captain of the college Tennis, college Sailing, and college Swimming Team. That same year, he was also the Vice Captain of the college basketball team, college shooting team and college athletics team. He was a star in javelin throw, shot putt and discus throw, and was a member of the 110m hurdles team.  He represented Hyderabad Board in athletics as well, and won the silver medal.

In other activities, he was Vice Captain of the English Debating Team, and Editor in Chief of the college magazine The Cadet.

Usman was the SUO (Senior Under Officer) of his entry in 1983-84, and was awarded the Badge of Honour after Matric.

Immediately after passing out from Petaro, he joined Karachi University and spent a year there. A year later, he got admission to IIT, Chicago and moved to the USA in 1986. During that year, he was a member of the university tennis team as well. In 1988, he transferred to Wichita State University and graduated as electrical engineer in 1990. During that period, he also got a private license for flying in Wichita.

His first job was as Distribution Engineer with Kansas Gas and Electric Company where he worked from 1990-1992. He then moved to San Jose, California and worked for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) from 1992-1994.

Due to his continued interest in flying, he got a commercial flying license and instrument rating while he was in California.

At the end of 1994, he decided to move back to Pakistan and worked as a private consultant for four independent power producers (IPPs) until 1997.

He could not get away from flying. In 1996, he got selected as cadet pilot in PIA (Pakistan International Airlines), and worked with this airline until 2008. He initially flew Fokker aircraft, and then later on moved on to Boeing 737 and Airbus 310.

In 2008, he joined Etihad Airways where he is still employed as captain/pilot. Initially  he flew their Airbus A330 and A340 planes and is now First Officer / Captain of Boeing 777 aircraft. He is based in Abu Dhabi.

Usman has been a member of  the Managing Committee of the Petarian Association in various capacities in the past.