Major Patricia Yapp Syau Yin
Flight Instructor Royal Malaysian Air Force
Major Patricia Yapp Syau Yin RMAF was born and raised in Sandakan, Sabah. In 1996 she moved to Kuala Lumpur to study law, but not long after that she applied for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) cadet program. Major Yapp then graduated from the Malaysian University of Technology with a Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. After completing her flight training in 2002, she chose to be a fighter pilot and later joined the Smokey Bandits Squadron in Kuantan, being the first Asian woman to ever pilot the MiG-29N Fulcrum air superiority jet and perform in International Air Show. She was also the first female RMAF pilot to lead a formation of 21 aircrafts during the 60th Merdeka celebrations. Major Yapp then went on to qualify to become a Royal Malaysian Air Force Qualified Flying Instructor, serving in the position till 2017. She later continued her studies at the Australian National University to graduate with a Master of Military and Defence Studies. She is now a Command Safety Officer at the Air Education and Training Headquarters of the RMAF over seeing the flight training safety and standards. Regarded as an ‘Icon of Malaysia’, Major Yapp was awarded the Sabah Woman of Excellence Award during the state level Women’s Day celebration in 2017. She was also given the Malaysian Chinese Women Excellence Award 2017. Outside of work, Major Yapp enjoys cycling and outdoor activities with her family. Speaking on "Special Session: Catalyst of Change"