- A young woman who was born without arms has become a licensed pilot
- The 35-year-old woman is the first woman without arms to become a licensed pilot
- She drives aircrafts with her feet and flew her first single airplane in 2005
- It was gathered that she is also the first black-belt holder in America without arms
A woman identified as Jessica Cox who was born without arms has achieved the unthinkable. The 35-year-old has become the first licensed pilot without arms in the world. Cox was born with no arms due a rare defect.
She was born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States. It was gathered that doctors could not discover why she was born with the rare defect. She reportedly learned to live her life with her feet.
After three years of training, the woman who was honoured with a medal by the Guinness World Records earned her pilot certificate on October 10, 2008. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in communications.
Cox is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet. In 2005, Cox flew a single engine airplane for the first time.
Even with her disability, the 35-year-old woman shows that nothing can stop her. She proved that she can achieve what she sets her mind to. Cox was also the first black-belt holder without arms in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA).
She began her training in taekwondo at the age of 10 at a school in her home town. At the age of 14, she earned her first black belt and became the first woman without arms to become a black-belt holder.
She also earned the title of Arizona state champion without competing in a special abilities ring in 2014.
While she was at the University of Arizona, instructors re-modified the standard material from American Taekwondo Association in other to train students without arms. Cox has since gone further in her training to earn her second and third degree black belts in the ATA.
Cox’s sport pilot certificate is for an ERCO 415-C Ercoupe which was designed in the 1940s. The Ercoupe was built to allow Cox fly the aircraft with her feet. The rudder pedals of the aircraft is interconnected with the ailerons through the yoke to allow Cox control the yoke with one foot while the other foot controls the throttle.