Jessica cox | World's first licensed armless pilot | Motivational Quotes

Jessica Cox
Jessica cox

Jessica cox is very inspiring and motivational person in the world. Jessica cox was born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Jessica cox was born without arms. But with a great spirit which made her the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American International Taekwondo Association. Jessica cox is also a first women scuba driver without arms.

Jessica Cox Early Life:

In 2005, Jessica Cox holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and a minor in communications. Jessica cox uses her feet to do things as most people use their hands and she can drive a car, fly a plane and play piano, she surfs, all with her feet.


Jessica cox is a formal dancer, and double black belt in martial art. At the age of 10, Jessica Cox joined the training in taekwondo at a school in her home town of Sierra Vista by her parents. Jessica received her first Black Belt when she was in 14 years in the International Taekwondo Federation. During the college days Jessica restarted her taekwondo training at an American Taekwondo Association club on campus. The instructors created entire training curriculum, which would be accessible to any future armless students. And then she received a second black belt. She is the first woman without arms to achieve that feat in the United States.

How Jessica Cox Become a Pilot?

Aircraft pilot is not on her to-do list. However, that changed when a member of Wright Flight, a Tucson-based non-profit group, approached her after a Rotary Club talk she gave in 2005. The group uses aviation as motivation.

A fighter pilot named Robin Stoddard who represented the group asked if she would like to fly an airplane. Being the achiever and optimist that she is, Cox decided to give it a try and was instantly hooked. She has learned to fly an “Ercoupe," one of the few planes without rudder pedals, the special unique design allows Cox to use her feet as hands her left on the throttle and her right on the yoke.

Unlike others who got their license in six months, On October 10, 2008, Cox earned her pilot's certificate after three years of training, had three flying instructors and practiced 89 hours of flying and is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet. Jessica Cox flew in a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight in 2005.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She travels the world sharing her story and she is encouraging people She is motivate the people with her story and encourage the people to be creative and innovative with the slogan “Think outside the shoe.”

Personal Life:

Jessica’s father William Cox is a retired band teacher and mother is Inez Cox. In 2012 she married Patrick, her former Taekwondo instructor; they live in Tucson in the US state of Arizona.

Achievements and Awards:

Jessica cox achievements and awards includes

  • Guinness World Record: The Only Pilot to Fly With Their Feet
  • US Inspiration Awards for Women 2012: Most Aspirational

Jessica Cox Motivational Quotes:

  • “Handicaps are mindsets. Whatever it is that stands in the way of achieving something, that's when it's a handicap. I prefer to see them as obstacles or challenges. This is how I've been my whole life. I don't know any different. I just live my life through my feet.
  • It’s only human to have low moments in life because if you don’t, then you won’t feel the high, exciting times.”
  • “Takeoff isn't scary at all - just the landing. Once you're in the air, you feel that sense of freedom of no limits.”
  • “If you would've asked me about getting a pilot's license before 2005, I'd say you were crazy. After I graduated college, a fighter pilot asked me if I wanted to go up on a flight in a single-engine plane. I always had a fear about being in an airplane, but I took this opportunity to go up on my first flight in a single-engine rather than a big commercial plane I was accustomed to. I was hooked and made a commitment to become a pilot. I wanted to motivate others to not let fear stand in the way of their opportunities.”

Jessica cox

  • “If you can fly an airplane competently, you can fly it safely even if something does happen.”

  • “Prosthetics just felt very foreign to me: You wear them on your shoulders, strap them to your chest, and they're heavy and uncomfortable. If someone gave you a hug, you'd miss that touch. They were more like a cage for me.”
  • “I do not have arms but that is not what determines where I can do.”
  • “Our great fear is not so much to not be up to measure; it is that we are stronger over and above all measure.”
  • “The human being must live some difficult moments in life to have emotional moments.”
  • “The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.”

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