A 19-year-old girl, Besa Mumba, has become the youngest commercial pilot in Zambia after securing a pilot flying job with the nation’s scheduled airline, Proflight Zambia. Mumba has already flown more than 15 hours on Zambia domestic routes alongside the captain of the aircraft on the airline’s Caravan aircraft since her appointment as a first officer this month according to Proflight Zambia
The teenage girl born in Lusaka attained a South African Flight Training Academy in Hiedelberg, Guateng in 2013 after her attaining her grade 12 results. She began with a Private Pilot License which enabled her to start flying within the same month and went on with the flight training course for two years.
She went through a more complex training at SIMU flight in Pretoria to obtain her Commercial Pilots Licence, which she earned by the age of 18.
According to the young lady, piloting wasn’t her initial dream
“Curiosity made me venture into an aviation career. Initially I wanted to be cabin crew but I thought to myself: ‘why not be the person who flies the aircraft?’ From then I had questions on how planes fly, how they moved in the sky and I wanted to know how pilots knew where they were and where they were going. My curiosity grew… That’s why I decided to venture into the aviation as a pilot. I am very blessed, and proud to have had the opportunity to go to flight school to study and become a pilot” said Ms Mumba to the Proflight Zambia..
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