An Introduction to Tailwind Aviation (SMC-PVT) LTD


Company Introduction | Media Coverage | Team Members


afsar-malik-pictureTailwind Aviation (SMC-PVT) LTD, is a firm that provides Aviation and Airlines Consultancy in Pakistan, mainly based in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The company was founded by M. Afsar Malik, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of civil aviation, that includes:

  • Commercial Airline License through Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
  • Air Transport Regulation
  • Economic Oversight
  • Development of National Aviation Policy
  • Airport Management
  • Air Traffic Control Service
  • Consumer Protection

Brief Summary of Career

After 14 years of service in Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy, he joined Civil Aviation Authority in 1987 as an Air Traffic Controller.

Summary of Experience in Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority is as follows:

  • Additional Director Consumer Protection: 11 May 2016 to 12 September 2016
  • Airport Manager Islamabad Airport: 14 July 2015 to 10 May 2016
  • Staff Officer to SAPM : July 2014 to July 2015
  • Airport Manager Jinnah International Airport Karachi: June 2013 to June 2014
  • G.M. Economic Oversight: 5 years (2008-2013)
  • GM Consumer Protection: 4 years (2008-2011)
  • C.M. Air Transport Bilaterals: 6 years (2002-2008)
  • Air Traffic Controller: 15 years (1987-2002)

M. Afsar Malik maintains an active presence on Quora, which is a popular question-and-answer site, frequently used by the top professionals (CEOs, Investors, Decision Makers) of many Industries. He has answered over 100 questions, and is currently the most viewed writer on 6 subjects including the Airline Business.

Click here to visit M. Afsar Malik’s Quora Profile

If you intend to start an aviation business, please do get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss and work out viable solutions for your upcoming projects.

Tailwind Aviation (SMC-PVT) LTD., is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

Print Newspaper Coverage

Pakistan plans to split Civil Aviation Authority into regulatory, operational units – Published in Arab News PK, Saudi Research and Publishing Company, July 30, 2020

Mistakes were made – Published in The News International, July 19th, 2020

PIA, CAA and conflict of interest – Published in Dawn, The Business and Finance Weekly, July 13th, 2020

Rupee depreciation drives up PIA revenue in 6 months – Published in The Express Tribune, November 27, 2019

No plane sailing – Published in TNS (The News on Sunday), October 6, 2019

Helping PIA at CAA’s expense – Published in Dawn, The Business and Finance Weekly, June 3rd, 2019

The price of a flight by Kamal Siddiqi on Express Tribune | Published: May 27, 2019

Zero-tax regime and PIA – Dawn – May 13, 2019

Pakistan to review foreign airline service pacts to safeguard local industry – Arab News PK – April 28, 2019

Revising aviation policy will not hurt Gulf carriers – Dawn – Published: April 8, 2019

Will a fourth airline be successful in Pakistan?  – Dawn – Published: February 25, 2019

CAA to send new aviation policy to cabinet next month – Express Tribune – Published: February 16, 2019

No more bumpy flights to northern areas – Dawn – Published: February 04, 2019

PM Imran discusses major proposals to revive PIA – Express Tribune – Published: January 27, 2019

On another flight – TNS – The News International – Published: January 20, 2019

Only bankruptcy can end the PIA crisis – Dawn – Published: January 07, 2019

PIA can take the Gulf carriers head on – Dawn – Published: December 24, 2018

National Aviation Policy 2015 (Part 2) – The Nation – Published: November 01, 2018

National Aviation Policy 2015 (Part 1) – The Nation – Published: October 31, 2018

PIA saves Rs20m a month through austerity steps – Express Tribune – Published: January 6, 2019

Air fares may go down as Air Sial set to begin flights – Express Tribune – Published: December 29, 2018

New ‘Liberty Airline’ likely to fly Chitral route – Chitral News – Published: 10 Nov, 2018

Air passenger traffic in Pakistan likely to double by 2037: Airbus – Express Tribune – Published: November 13, 2018

As five new airlines plan to enter Pakistan, PIA stands to lose – Express Tribune – Published: January 29, 2018

Emirates’ passenger traffic may rise in Pakistan with A380 flights – Express Tribune – Published: June 26, 2018

Is it really possible to revive government-owned and managed airlines like PIA and Air India? – Express Tribune – Published: April 16, 2017

SereneAir to start flights to Saudi Arabia soon – Express Tribune – Published: June 30, 2018

With on-arrival tourist visa, Pakistan looks to revive industry and image – Express Tribune – Published: February 7, 2018

Is an Upcoming Pakistani Airline Getting New Embraer E170LR Aircrafts? – – Published: December 27 2017

Meet Pakistan’s Best Aviation Consultants

The following gentlemen have decades worth of experience in both military and commercial aviation operations:

Syed Shadab Hasnain Zaidi | Atyab Ahmed | Mahr Mumtaz Ahmed

Syed Shadab Hasnain Zaidi


  • M. Sc. (Strategic Studies) Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad
  • B.Sc. (Aero-Sciences) Punjab University, Lahore

Aviation Qualifications

  • Aviation Safety (Post Graduate Diploma) Karachi University
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation Course PAF Institute of Air Safety
  • Safety Management System Course (COSCAP SA)
  • Safety Expert and safety Manager Workshop by Integra Consult, Denmark
  • Crew Resource Management Facilitator Course (Train The Trainer) (COSCAP SA)
  • Aviation Security Course (COSCAP SA)
  • DFDR & CVR Analysis Course (COSCAP SA)


  • President Safety & Investigation Board PCCA (December,2002 to February, 2006)
  • Head of Corporate Safety Shaheen Air International (June, 2008 to December, 2012)
  • ICAO USOAP 2011 Focal Management Captain (Flight Operations) for Shaheen Air International
  • Focal Management Pilot (Flight Operations) for Shaheen Air (AOC inspections/audits 2008 to 2012)
  • Guest Speaker at various PCAA Seminars on Safety, Human Factor, CRM
  • Visiting Faculty at Institute of Air Safety & Aero Medical Institute, PAF

Flying Experience

  • Military
  • Boeing-732
  • Boeing-734
  • Airbus-320/319

Atyab Ahmed


  • BSc 1975 University of Peshawar
  • BSc 1991 University of Karachi
  • BSc (Hons) 1992 University of Karachi

Professional Experience

  • WG CDR (Retd.) from GD(P) Branch PAF Jun,75 – Mar,94
  • Shaheen Air International, Pilot in Command Apr, 94 – Apr,96
  • Served in FSD, PCAA as Flight Inspector Pilot & ADFS Apr, 97 – Feb,10
  • Served in Shaheen Air International Chief Pilot Technical Mar,10 – Aug,12
  • Served in FSD, PCAA as Flight Inspector Pilot & ADFS Aug,12 – Feb,16

License and Flying Details

  • Captain: B737
  • ATPL No: 886 (A) valid up to 31st January 2012
  • IRA-ME: valid up to 31st January 2012
  • Grand Total: 8952:45 PIC: 6115:20

Courses in CAA

  • Flight Operation’s Inspector Course, Indoctrination Programme & OJT- ICAO May,98
  • Flight Inspector’s Indoctrination Programme – ICAO May,98
  • Basic Flight Operations Inspector Course – COSCAP Jun,98
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods Training Course – COSCAP Jan,99
  • Cabin Safety Training Course – COSCAP Mar,99
  • Advance Inspector Training Course – COSCAP May,99
  • Safety Audit Training Course – COSCAP Mar,00
  • Russian Language Course, Russian Consulate Karachi May,00
  • Dangerous Goods Inspector, CAA Pakistan May,00
  • Technical Report Writing CATI May,00
  • Supervisory Training for Flight Inspector – CATI Jun,00
  • JAR – 145 Aircraft Maintenance Course – COSCAP Dec,00
  • Enforcement Procedure Course CATI Jan,01
  • Dangerous Goods Regulation Course – SAI Apr,01
  • Flight Simulator Qualification Course – EAFAS May,01
  • Accident Prevention Course Training – Boeing Aug,01
  • Flight Operations Inspector Refresher Training – COSCAP Mar,02
  • Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Training – COSCAP Mar,02
  • Global Positioning System Training – COSCAP Apr,02
  • Work Shop on Human Factors CATI Jan,03
  • Crew Resources Management, Institute of Safety & Human Factors Jan,03
  • Dangerous Goods Cargo Acceptance Staff Course Mar,03
  • Aviation Security Course – COSCAP Sep,03
  • Dangerous Goods Training Refresher Course – SAPS Feb,04
  • Ground School of B737-200 Adv ( Full Course) Pearl Aviation Sep,03
  • Cabin Safety Course – ICAO May,04
  • Air Operator Certificate & Dangerous Goods Training Course – COSCAP Jul,04
  • Flight Inspector Advance/ Refresher Course EU – South Asia Jun,05
  • Aviation Enforcement Procedures Course – COSCAP Nov,05
  • Boeing Performance Course – COSCAP Nov,05
  • Dangerous Goods Regulation – SAPS Jul,06
  • Safety Management Systems Work Shop – COSCAP Oct,06
  • Safety Management Systems Training Course – ICAO Mar,07
  • B737 Long Refresher Course – PIA Training Centre Mar,07
  • Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Course – SAPS May,07
  • Safety Audit, Safety Oversight Function – COSCAP Aug,07
  • Team Building Based on Human Factors Institute Safety & Human Factors Feb,08
  • Fundamentals of Aircraft Accident Prevention and Investigation ISASI – ICAO July,08
  • Cabin Crew Safety Equipment Procedure Training – PIA Apr,09
  • Aviation English Language Course – PIA Jun,09
  • Basic Flight Operations Inspector Refresher Course – COSCAP Jun,09
  • Flight Simulator Evaluation and Approval CATI Jul,09
  • Ground Handling Workshop – Gerry’s Danata Aug,09
  • Lead Auditor’s Course – ISO Feb,09
  • Dangerous Goods Refresher Course – SAPS Jun,11
  • Audit Techniques Course – COSCAP Dec,13
  • Introduction to Annex 19 Course – COSCAP Dec,13
  • DGR CAT- 6 Initial Course – Shaheen Air Jan,16

CAA Air Navigation Orders & Other Regulations Written

  • ANO: 91.0018 Issue-2 17th Sep,09 Cabin Crew Member Training Certification and Utilization
  • ANO: 91.0024 Issue-5 2nd Jun,11 Commercial Air Transport Operations – Aeroplane
  • ANO: 91.0026 Issue-1 16th Aug,00 Enforcement Procedures – Violation of DGR
  • ANO: 91.0030 Issue -2 31st Aug,09 Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • ANO: 91.0034 Issue-2 13th Aug,10 Security Procedures for Flight Crew and Cabin Crew
  • Fit Ops Insp Manual CAAD – 624 Vol VII, Procedures on Safe Tpt of Dangerous Goods by Air

Mahr Mumtaz Ahmed

Educational Qualification

  • Master of Business Administration (Executive) from Preston University
  • Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (DAE)

Technical Qualification


  • Cat. “B2” (Avionics) Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft fitted with IAE V2500 / CFM 56 engines
  • Cat. “B2” Electrical B737-300 aircraft with limitations
  • Cat. “B2” (Avionics) ATR 42 Series fitted with P&W 127 E Engine


  • CAT “X” (ELECT) B-737-300 AIRCRAFT

Relevant Certification


  • ICAO SSP Implementation Course (ICAO)
  • Safety Management System (SMS) Seminar (Boeing)
  • Airworthiness Safety Oversight Course (COSCAP-SA)
  • Lead Auditor Course (Part l & ll)
  • Completed MEDA Train the Trainer Session (Boeing)
  • ISO-9000 Quality Auditors Course (PIA)
  • Quality Management for EASA Part 145,147 & 66 (EASA)
  • EASA Part 66 Workshop (CAA International Ltd.)
  • On Job training on auditing of an Airline Engineering and Maintenance Organization (COSCAP-SA)
  • Advance Airworthiness Inspector Training Course (Introduction to Auditing Procedures) (COSCAP-SA)
  • Advance Inspector Training Course (COSCAP-SA)
  • Airworthiness Training Course (COSCAP-SA)
  • Aircraft Maintenance & Airline Auditing Course (COSCAP-SA)
  • Aircraft Accident Prevention/Investigation Course (PCAA)
  • Maintenance Error Decision Aid (MEDA) Investigator Workshop (Boeing)
  • JAR-145 Introduction (PIA)
  • JAR-145, 66 & 147 (COSCAP-SA)


  • Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 aircraft (V2500 / CFM 56) B2 Course
  • A310 Instrument / AFCS Course
  • Boeing 737-300 Aircraft Electrical System Course
  • Boeing 737-300 Inst/FMS/GPWS
  • Boeing 737-300 / 400 differences Course
  • Boeing 737-300 To B737-600/700/800/900 Electrical Avionics Difference
  • Hawker 4000 (P & WC PW308) Avionics Course
  • ATR 42-500 Avionics Maintenance Course
  • F-27 Aircraft Elect/ Inst Course


  • OJT Supervisor & Management Course
  • Instructional Technique Course
  • Human Factor Course
  • A310-300 ETOPS Maintenance Course
  • Business Communication Skills Workshop
  • Basic Digital & Microprocessor Course
  • Allied Signal Course in TCAS Theory & Maintenance
  • Basic Airframe Course
  • Special Computer Program for Senior Management
  • Workshop on development of English Language Skill
  • Basic Avionics Conversion (C/N/R) Differences for CAT ‘X’ Engineers
  • Development Course for Managers

Acknowledgements and Industry Recognition

  • Commendation Certificate was awarded from DG CAA in recognition of rendering meritorious service while participation during USOAP Audit in April 2012
  • Appreciation letter from DG CAA Pakistan on the efforts made for removal of the European Union restriction on Pakistan International Airline in March 2008
  • Cash Award and DG’s Commendation Certificate in July 2008
  • Letter of Appreciation from COO-SEAMS on 6th March 2017

Audits Performed


  • Etihad Airways Facility at Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Al-Salam Aircraft Company at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • MTU Maintenance Hannover GmbH at Hannover, Germany
  • ExecuJet Middle East at Dubai, UAE
  • PIA at Karachi, Pakistan
  • PAES at Karachi, Pakistan


  • PIA
  • Airblue
  • PAES
  • Aero Asia