Jessica Cox: First Pilot without Arms

Excellence or Excuse???

Mom: Can you get that box

Kid: No Mom, I can’t lift this box, it is too heavy for me

Friend A: I have started to learn martial arts (Tea kwon do), do you want to join with me Shreshta??

Friend B: No, I am too small to learn that, and i heard that it is very tough to learn that.

These kind of excuses are pretty commonly heard around us from kids and something similar in nature from adults. Excellence is tough and Excuse is easy, but which one should we choose?? Why should we choose??

I have recently received an email from my friend Sanna about Jessica Cox – a woman without her arms flying as a certified pilot., here is the story of her.. read on.

Jessica Cox is born in Tucson, Arizona (USA) without arms, but that did not stopped her from doing the regular activities of childhood, she just believed in only one word “I CAN”.

Right from her infancy, her feet became her hands. Like all children,she went through the various stages of development. She learned to feed herself and write with her feet. Throughout childhood, she participated in many activities including swimming, gymnastics, tap dancing, using computer.

Jessica started tae kwon-do when she was ten, earning her first black belt at fourteen in the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation. She rejoined American Tae Kwon-Do Association in college and earned a second black belt.

Double Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do.

Jessica can drive car by herselves and she is a Graduate in Psycolog, she is a very good dancer

The only thing Jessica was afraid of was “flying”, but when she was given an opportunity to overcome her fear, she learned to fly on a “rudderless” flight which only need to control steering and no other operations.

“I had to be very determined and persistent. It took me three hard years to complete – but it is the most fantastic feeling in the world,” Jessica explained.

Jessica is now training to become an instructor

With one foot manning the controls and the other delicately guiding the steering column, Cox, 25, soared to achieve a Sport Pilot certificate. Her certificate qualifies her to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet.

Experts from her Instructor Parrish Traweek, 42, the flying instructor at San Manuel’s Ray Blair Airport.

“When she came up here driving a car,”

“I knew she’d have no problem flying a plane.”

“She’s a good pilot. She’s rock solid,” said

I salute to Jessica’s strong determination and her parents for giving this inspiration to the this world.

Her Web site –

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Youtube Videos –

Inside Edition on Jessica Cox on Youtube

Woman Armless Pilot on Youtube

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