When Dreams Take Flight
The Inspiring Journey of A Young Woman Who Always Wanted To Soar

Tisa Muwema’s passion for flying was evident from an early age and was fuelled by her father’s career in aviation and her mother’s hardworking ethic.

As a First Officer on CRJ jets at Proflight Zambia, she has journeyed with courage and self-belief. 

A Fledgling In The Making

Growing up with a ‘pilot dad’ certainly had its perks. The young aviation enthusiast’s weekends were spent visiting Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, where her father, John Lwandamo Mutemba, worked at the former Zambian Airways. Watching planes take off and land ignited a dream in her heart of one day piloting those great machines across the blue skies.

A Patient Perseverance

Although her passion for flying was evident from an early age, Tisa heeded her parents’ advice and pursued a bachelor’s degree in business administration before diving into aviation. However, her dream of becoming a pilot never wavered.

“I wanted to be a pilot; I knew what I was destined to do and what my passion was,” Tisa recalls. After completing her degree, she embarked on a pilot training journey and obtained her Private Pilot License (PPL) in 2016.

Taking To The Skies

Joining Proflight Zambia five years ago, Tisa started with the Jetstream 41 before transitioning to CRJ aircraft. The shift from a turboprop aircraft to a jet presented challenges, but her dedication and love for flying propelled her forward. Tisa’s exceptional work ethic and determination have made her stand out in her aviation career. She quickly mastered the CRJ, delighting in its speed and ease of flying. Over the years, she has learned to stand up for herself and let her work ethic show that she has earned her seat on the flight deck. In the process, proving that gender is not a barrier to success in aviation.

A Full Heart

Tisa’s favourite aspect of working for Proflight is its people: “It’s a family-oriented airline,” she says, “We sit and discuss the daily operations and agree as crew on safety and network.” 

She values the welcoming environment, the sense of family among her colleagues, and the adventure that comes with flying for Proflight, with routes that take her to destinations like Ndola, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.


Ndola holds a special place in Tisa’s heart, allowing her to stay connected to her roots despite her demanding schedule. Night stops in Ndola are especially cherished, giving her the opportunity to visit her childhood home.

Higher Still To Go.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, Tisa is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. She prioritises her well-being through activities like reading, exercise, and spending time with loved ones. Her journey inspires aspiring pilots, emphasising perseverance, courage, and self-belief, no matter the obstacle.

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