Impossible is nothing for Jessica Cox, world’s first armless pilot
She was born without arms, but with a great spirit which made her world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwon-Do Association. She is Jessica Cox, who is not less than a living miracle.
On October 10, 2008, she earned her pilot’s license after three years of training, and was qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft to the altitude of 10,000 feet. Jessica received her flight training through an Able Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish Traweek. Born without arms. Only pilot in this world to fly an air-plane using her feet. First armless black-belt at the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Winner of Inspiring awards for Women 2012For the first time, she flew in a single engine airplane via Wright Flight. The plane she was flying is called an Ercoupe and it is one of the few air-planes to be made and certified without pedals. Without rudder pedals Jessica is free to use her feet as hands. She took three years, instead of the usual six months to complete her light-weight aircraft license. She had practised 89 hours of flying and became the first pilot with no arms.
Born in 1983 in Arizona, Cox holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona. She uses her feet to do things as most people use their hands and she is also very much able in other things like, to drive a car (she has an unrestricted license and drives a car without modifications), to type on a keyboard (25 words per minute), to pump her own gas, and to put in and remove her contact lenses. She is also a former dancer and double black belt in martial art. Jessica was introduced to Taekwondo by her parents when she was 10 years old, to further develop her self-confidence and at the age of 14, she earned her first black belt at the International Taekwon-Do Federation. In college, she resumed her interest in martial arts, joined the American Taekwon-Do Association and secured a second black belt. She is the first woman without arms to achieve that feat in the United States. She is also a certified Scuba diver. She is now an international motivational speaker.
Her achievements include-Guinness World Record: The Only Pilot to Fly with Their Feet, US Inspiration Awards for Women 2012 and many more. It is indeed difficult to describe the inspirational story of this wonder girl in words. ‘Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently’- this line of Shiv Khera goes so well with Jessica Cox.