- April 2, 2017
- Posted by: Bunmi Eyiaro
- Category: Trailblazers
Besa Mumba is Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot ever. In 2015, Zambia recorded Kalenga Kawemdo as the youngest pilot in Zambia, Besa has taken this position.
Kalenga to Besa Mumba:
Besa you have done us all proud and believe me, the nation and eventually the continent will all be behind you, rallying and cheering you on! Just keep your head down and let the inertia of determination that has brought you here carry you to greater things!…. looking forward to working and flying with you!
She was born in Lusaka in December 1996, Besa began her schooling career at Sunshine Primary School in 1999, before going on to St Mary’s where she was head girl for the 2011 to 2012 school year. After that she headed to South Africa for flight training. Besa was accepted to join the South African Flight Training Academy in Heidelberg, Gauteng, just after receiving her matric results. At the Academy, she started her Private Pilot Licence course in April 2013 and took to the sky in the same month. The flight training course lasted two years.
Speaking to OkayAfrica, Besa spoke about what sparked her passion for aviation.
“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,” she told OkayAfrica. “That’s why I decided to venture into 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,” she said.
In order to obtain her commercial license, Besa did further intensive training at SIMU Flight in Pretoria in 2015. In the first quarter, she did final training for her Commercial Pilots Licence, which was awarded to her in July 2015 when she was 18 years old.
Proflight’s Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba told OkayAfrica: “Proflight Zambia was impressed with Besa’s determination and drive and we believe she has the will to succeed in what is very competitive industry. We will support Besa all the way, and look forward to her growing her career with us.”
Image credit: Besa Mumba /Proflight Zambia
Source: OkayAfrica, Africanexponent, thisisAfrica