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SKYTRAC #YoungTalent Series: Zahaan Sait’s International Career In Aerospace

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Since he was a teenager, SKYTRAC’s Zahaan Sait has aspired to work in aviation and aerospace. His lifelong dream has taken him across the globe from the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, India, and most recently, Canada. Sait’s rich career in aviation began when he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He pursued further education at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, England, attaining a Master of Science in Aerospace Dynamics. While he specialized in fluid dynamics during his bachelor’s degree, his master’s program focused on flight dynamic modeling and simulation. 

Although I spent most of my time during my master's degree in class or at the library, I also had the chance to spend time with retired pilots from the UK's Royal Air Force. Some of my most memorable and exciting moments were when they brought me along on a few aerobatic flights. This meant a lot of dives, rolls, and clutching to your seat than any usual flight, which made for quite a unique and fun experience.

Soon after completing his program, Sait leveraged internships and in-depth education to land a job in the aviation industry. His nearly decade-long career in aviation began in India. He worked at Genser Aerospace & IT Pvt Ltd as a Project Engineer and Flight Physics expert to develop system requirements and flight simulation models for light business jets. From there, Sait went on to work for Airbus on behalf of Altran Technologies as a Flight Control Engineer. 

My chapter in Canada began in 2018 when I joined TRU Simulation and Training, in Montreal, Quebec, as an Avionics Engineering Specialist. While I was there, I developed and integrated avionics systems for the Boeing 777X flight simulators.

It was his next role as an Avionics Systems Engineer at CAE where he implemented flight simulator upgrades for the Embraer ERJ170 and ERJ190 programs that aligned him most directly with current position at SKYTRAC. He contributes to one of SKYTRAC’s most high-profile projects, one that will provide Embraer with a Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) solution required in response to ICAO’s recommendations.

Developing Leadership at SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC first piqued Sait’s interest when he saw his LinkedIn connection share a press release on the SDL-350. Intrigued by the powerful Iridium Certus satellite terminal capable of broadband speeds, Sait dug a little deeper into SKYTRAC. 

At SKYTRAC, I saw the opportunity to be part of a growing team of qualified and driven individuals where I could achieve my career goals. One conversation with Brad Zarikoff, the Hardware Engineering Manager at SKYTRAC, was enough for me to realize that I was going to be part of something special.

In February 2021, Sait joined SKYTRAC’s System Engineering team in Ottawa as an Avionics Systems Engineer. He initially worked on the SDL-350 program, where he helped the development of test plans and supported procurement. Since then, he has transitioned to being the Systems Engineering lead on SKYTRAC’s novel Autonomous Distress Tracking technology, the ADT-5000, for the GADSS program. 

This is an incredible opportunity to work on a critical piece of technology which not only enables Embraer to meet the upcoming requirements as per ICAO recommendations but will also permanently solve the issue of missing aircraft.

With his technical acumen and initiative, Sait has assumed the role of acting Project Lead on the federated Active Low Gain Antenna (ALGA) radome project.  

With the opportunity to enhance my skill set and my leadership skills, SKYTRAC is the ideal environment for me to thrive in. I am excited to be part of this company's future while pursuing my PMP certification to become a Technical Project Manager.

Eat, Play, Blog

SKYTRAC's Zahaan Sait hiking at a local trail

With Sait’s globetrotting career, his passion for exploring new places and cultures is quite evident. Although Sait is settling well into Ottawa, he reflects that London remains one of his favorite cities in the world. Since the pandemic, although his passion for travel may have taken a back seat, it has made room for him to nurture other interests such as playing and watching sports, hiking, scoping out the local food scene, and even beginning his food blog – A Cup of Z. Sait has always found solace in cooking. After a long day, he enjoys unwinding by experimenting with different cuisines, ingredients, and recipes. He’s never been one to shy away from trying something new. Sait has yet to explore the full breadth of Ottawa’s food scene but has already landed on a gem that he highly recommends. For those in or around Ottawa, Sait suggests you try Pita Bell, a Turkish restaurant with delectable kebabs, sandwiches, and pita pies. 

SKYTRAC’s #YoungTalent Series focuses on bright young minds who are just starting their aerospace careers. For career opportunities, please visit skytrac.ca/careers.

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