Published: 9 December
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Manyunge Machaya is an Avionics engineer who works in the hangers and sometimes on the line. Her life revolves around aviation and loves everything about aircrafts, especially the CRJ.    

Soon after she finished her 12th grade at Roma Girls School; her passion for Aviation flew her to Zambia Air Services Training Institute (ZASTI) for a three-year course in Aeronautical Electronics Engineering.  

The passionate and bold woman first landed at Proflight Zambia for industrial attachments, after which she was employed at the airline.   

Manyunge looks back at a decade of her career which has been fostered at Proflight Zambia, “I’ve grown from an intern to a licensed Avionics Engineer right here at Proflight,” she recalls.  

Engineering may seem too technical and male-dominated, but Manyunge begs to differ. In fact, she encourages young girls and ladies looking at the Aviation industry as a ‘no-go area’ to consider it a welcoming industry.  

As a young girl; it was because of her mother who was a teacher that always told her to aim higher and dream big that she has grown to be the woman she is today.  

“Proflight Zambia accords each and everyone an opportunity to grow,” she says. 

The Avionics Engineer has been trained on the entire fleet that Zambia’s leading airline has such as the Jetstream 41; where she did her manufacturer’s training, Jetstream 32, and both the CRJ 100 and CRJ 200. 

“When in the hangers we do maintenance checks on the three types of aircrafts Proflight has,” she says holding a voltage meter in one hand. 

Manyunge is required to thoroughly know the different systems on the various aircrafts. Her days and sometimes night’s work is constituted of the aircraft electrical systems, aircraft radios and aircraft instruments.  

“The senior engineers in the hanger are very understanding, accommodating and patient, but there is need to put in effort and a lot of reading to understand how the whole system runs,” she says. 

“Not only has Proflight Zambia trained me but has also enabled me to work on the entire fleet for which I’m grateful.” 

Manyunge Machaya wishes to see Proflight grow its fleet which she believes will create more jobs and also looks forward to enhancing her skills in the Aviation industry.  

“The world is free for everyone; it is up to you as an individual to take up what you want, don’t expect anyone to give you something, you have to strive, read, and have a goal,” she concluded.