Jessica Cox taxis an
Ercoupe into AeroShell Square Saturday. Photo by Chris
Jessica Cox, wearing
a T-shirt that states, "Look ma, no hands," leaves the
Ercoupe cockpit after arriving at AeroShell Square Saturday. Born
without arms, Cox is an inspirational speaker who flies airplanes,
drives cars, and more using only her feet as others use their
hands. She will be speaking at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 during
multiple events July 27-August 1. Photo by Chris
July 25, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin -
Arriving with a flight of nine Ercoupes,
Jessica Cox landed at Wittman Regional Airport late Saturday morning to
attend her first EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Born without arms, Jessica is the first pilot
certificated by the FAA to fly with her feet only, with no use of
prosthetic devices or airplane modifications. She passed her sport pilot
checkride flying an Ercoupe on October 10, 2008.
An Able Flight scholarship recipient and
motivational speaker from Tucson, Arizona, Jessica will share her
inspiring story with AirVenture visitors throughout the week. She will
discuss some of the challenges unique to her flight training, things that
other pilots take for granted, such as operating the seat belt, putting on
headsets, and gaining enough leverage to land safely in crosswinds.
"Many people here will want to learn to fly, and maybe by hearing
about my challenges, they will know that they can fly, too," Jessica
Jessica wants potential pilots to know that
limitations should not stand in their way of achieving their goals. She
will talk with girls participating in Women Soar You Soar on Monday
evening, and make several other presentations throughout the week, with a
message that says, "Limitations are things we put on ourselves."
Even with her busy presentation schedule,
Jessica is looking forward to seeing the AirVenture grounds, meeting other
pilots, and enjoying more of the friendly, Midwestern hospitality that
she's noticed on her trip to Oshkosh. "I feel part of a family now,
and when I talk about my solo, people tend to recall their solos, and we
have something to share. My journey of flight training provides
encouragement to others through my challenges, and I'm looking forward to
opportunities to share that."
to view Jessica's presentation schedule.