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Zambia CAA Appoints  a New Director General

The Civil Aviation Authority Board of Directors has officially announced the appointment of Captain Derrick F. Luembe as the new Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), effective immediately.

Dr. Patrick Nkhoma, Chairperson of the CAA Board, expressed confidence in Captain Luembe’s wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors, locally and internationally. 

Captain Luembe’s appointment comes at a crucial time as Zambia prepares for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit scheduled between August and September 2024.

“With over twenty-five years of experience in the aviation sector and a proven track record in various leadership capacities globally, Captain Luembe is well-equipped to lead the Zambia CAA team into its next phase of growth and development,” stated Dr. Nkhoma.

Captain Luembe, who joined the CAA in 2018, has demonstrated leadership qualities, having risen to the position of Chief Inspector Personnel Licencing in 2023. 

His diverse experience includes roles such as Director Flight Operations and Accountable Manager at Fast jet Airlines Tanzania, Deputy Director General, and Director Flight Operations at Ceiba Intercontinental airline in Equatorial Guinea.

The newly appointed Director General is recognized as a multi-skilled, visionary, and transformational leader with expertise in regulatory policy, airline management, strategy, governance, crisis management, and stakeholder management.

Dr. Nkhoma expressed gratitude to Eng. Nathan Kaluba, who served as the acting Director General from October 2023, for his valuable contribution to the CAA during the transitional period.

Captain Luembe, a holder of an Air Transport Pilot’s License, is also an Instructor and Designated CAA examiner and a member of the Professional Pilots Association of Zambia.

The Civil Aviation Authority, established by an Act of Parliament in 2012, serves as the autonomous regulator for all civil aviation entities in Zambia. 

Sepiso Zimba, the CAA’s Public Relations Manager said that the organization aims to provide effective and efficient regulatory services, ensure legal compliance, and enhance safety assurance for all air transport users in Zambia.

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