Woman born with no arms becomes first pilot to fly plane using only feet

Woman born with no arms becomes first pilot to fly plane using only feet

Woman born with no arms becomes first pilot to fly plane using only feet

Written by Staff Writer

01 Jul, 2015 | 1:53 pm

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

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

Jessica Cox suffered a rare birth defect and was born without any arms.

The psychology graduate can write, type, drive a car, brush her hair and talk on her phone simply using her feet.

Ms Cox, from Tuscon, Arizona, USA, is also a former dancer and double black belt in Tai Kwon-Do.

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.

Finding a plane that was compatible with her abilities was a task within itself. She found it in the Ercoupe, a plane manufactured in the mid-1940s. Locating one took her to Florida and California, although she finally find one less than 70 miles away in San Manuel.

Ms Cox is now training to become an instructor – so she can help other disabled people learn to fly.

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