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Jessica Cox: Pilot with No Arms and Inspirational Speaker

  • Published: 2009-04-21 (Revised/Updated 2018-05-01) : Author: Disabled World : Contact:
  • Synopsis: Born without arms Jessica Cox at age 22 is today the first woman pilot in aviation history to fly using her feet and inspirational speaker.

Quote: "Jessica Cox believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible."

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Jessica Cox is recognized around the world as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica flies planes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands.

Today Jessica holds the titles of the first person without arms in the American Tae Kwon-Do Association to get a black belt, and the first woman pilot in aviation history to fly using her feet. (Flying with a Disability)

Jessica Cox has been featured in the popular afternoon program Ellen, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, Inside Edition, and TV networks like CNN and Fox News.

The second daughter of a retired American music teacher and a Filipino nurse from Samar province, Jessica Cox holds the distinction of being the first woman pilot in aviation history to fly with her feet.

"Creativity is something I use every time I step into the airplane. The first challenge of flight training was learning how to buckle my seatbelt. Through creativity and recognizing there is more than one way to do something, I figured it would be best to buckle the seatbelt first before sitting down, then loosen the straps, stand on the seat and slip into the seatbelt. Once seated, I used my right foot to pull the seatbelt tight, securing it around my hips."

Jessica was introduced to Tae Kwon-Do by her parents when she was ten to further develop her self-confidence, and at the age of 14, she earned her first black belt at the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation.

In college, she resumed her interest in martial arts, joined the American Tae Kwon-Do Association and secured a second black belt. She is the first woman without arms to achieve that feat in the United States.

Jessica Cox believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible.

In her presentation, she digs deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world.

She shows how these three qualities helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.

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YouTube Video Clip - Born without arms, Jessica Cox, was first person with no arms to be granted a light sport pilot certificate by the U.S. FAA. Jessica Cox flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She's also a certified scuba diver, and the first armless black belt in the American Tae Kwon Do Association - Pilot Jessica Cox Video.

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