A 19-year-old girl has become the youngest commercial pilot in Zambia after securing a pilot flying job with the nation’s scheduled airline, Proflight Zambia.
She admitted in an interview that she first haboured the thought of becoming a cabin crew member when she was younger but later thought being in charge of flying the aircraft would be even better. She therefore enrolled in the South African Flight Training Academy in Hiedelberg right after high school in 2013 and later took a more complex training at SIMU flight in Pretoria to obtain her Commercial Pilots Licence at the age of 18.
Mumba who says she ‘feels at home in the skies’ returned home to Zambia where she got a job with Proflight Zambia and has been a copilot, flying to various destinations in the country.
Born in December 1996, Mumba has become an inspiration to young girls and women in Zambia and across the continent, inspiring them to follow their dreams and reach for their goals.
“If you have a dream, work hard you can get to where you want,” she said. “I feel amazing! I hope the Zambian people will be inspired by my story to also reach for their dreams and goals because I think the sky is not the limit.”
Nineteen year old Besa Mumba has surpassed the record set by Kalenga Kamwendo who became the country’s youngest pilot last year aged 20.
Ms Mumba follows in the footsteps of a number of illustrious female flyers, including Zambia’s first female pilot Yichida Ndhlovu, and Major Nina Tapula, who was the first female pilot in the Zambian Air Force.
Watch her full interview below.