Meet Mumba Besa, Africa’s Youngest Commercial Pilot


“If you have a dream, work hard. You can get to where you want.” These are the words of Zambia’s youngest pilot Besa Mumba. Mumba who originally wanted to be a part of the cabin crew out of sheer curiosity had a change of mind when she saw how exciting it is to be a pilot.

“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…”


As a result of her curiosity, Mumba enrolled in the South African Flight Training Academy in Hiedelberg right after high school in 2013. She later took a more complex training at SIMU Flight in Pretoria to obtain her Commercial Pilot’s 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. She has been a co-pilot, flying to various destinations in the country. She hopes that her achievement can inspire other women and Zambians to go after their dreams fearlessly.

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