Besa Mumba is a Zambian teenager who became pilot at the age of 19. This has made her one of the youngest female pilots in the world and youngest in Africa. She was accepted in South African Flight Training Academy in 2013. She became a commercial licences pilot in 2015 with Proflight Zambia.
Shortly after receiving grade 12 results in March 2013, she was accepted to attend the South African Flight Training Academy in Heidelberg, Gauteng. There she started her Private Pilot Licence course in April 2013 and began flying the same month. The flight training course lasted two years. To get her commercial licence, she underwent extra and more complex training at SIMU Flight in Pretoria. Through the first quarter of 2015, she did final training towards obtaining a Commercial Pilots Licence, which she earned in July of that year at the age of 18.
Ms Mumba was born in December 1996 in Lusaka. She began school in 1999 at Sunshine Primary School, then went to St Maryâ where she was head girl for the 2011 to 2012 school year before heading for flight training in South Africa. But what spurred her to have the heart and passion to become a pilot? “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,” said Ms Mumba.
That is 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,”she said.