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Armless Girl Jessica Cox Gains Pilot's License

Email forward tells the inspirational story of Jessica Cox, a girl who was able to gain her pilot's licence, among other remarkable achievements, in spite of being born without arms (Full commentary below).


Example:(Submitted, January 2008)
Subject: FW: Armless Girl Gets A Pilot License

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Jessica Cox, 25, a girl born without arms, stands inside an aircraft. The girl from Tucson, Arizona got the Sport Pilot certificate lately and became the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

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Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms, but that has only stopped her from doing one thing: using the word "can't."

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Her latest flight into the seemingly impossible is becoming the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

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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.

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"She's a good pilot. She's rock solid," said Parrish Traweek, 42, the flying instructor at San Manuel's Ray Blair Airport.

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Parrish Traweek runs PC Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Services and has trained many pilots, some of whom didn't come close to Cox's abilities.

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"When she came up here driving a car," Traweek recalled, "I knew she'd have no problem flying a plane."

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Doctors never learned why she was born without arms, but she figured out early on that she didn't want to use prosthetic devices.

The information in this email forward is true. The message describes how Jessica Cox, a young woman who was born without arms, has been able to rack up a long list of outstanding achievements in spite of her disability. The email, which includes several attached photographs of Jessica, explains how the girl from Tucson, Arizona was even able to gain a Sport Pilot certificate and become the first pilot in the US to be licensed to fly using only her feet.

And piloting a plane is only one of Jessica's achievements. Jessica, who works as a motivational speaker, also drives a car, has a black belt at taekwondo, uses a computer and otherwise lives a normal life. She is so adept at using her feet, she is even able to insert her contact lenses and apply makeup using only her feet. In her role as a motivational speaker, Jessica has inspired audiences across the United States

Jessica has her own website which notes:
Jessica's greatest challenges are not the ordinary daily tasks required for her to live independently. Putting in contact lenses, washing and brushing her hair, and fixing breakfast in the morning are all tasks that come second-nature to her as they would to anyone else. Her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.
A YouTube video of Jessica Cox in action as a pilot is also available.

Jessica Cox - Motivational Services
Jessica's Life
Pilot flys with out arms, Inspirational young Lady!
Jessica Cox Photos: Airplane Pilot with No Arms
Life without arms is no handicap for UA student

Last updated: 15th January 2009
First published: 15th January 2009

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen