A couple of weeks ago at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, Jessica Cox had a booth. I stopped, chatted about the Challenged Athletes Foundation (they gave her a grant), and bought her book. She insisted on autographing it for me so I snapped a photo as she did.
Not that it sounds like you need any motivation or inspiration Roger. Just that your inquiry reminded me of this recent encounter. The stuff we take for granted.
Jessica Cox (born 1983 in Arizona) is the world’s first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association (she now has two black belts in Taekwondo). She was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. She earned her pilot’s license on October 10, 2008, after three years of training, 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. She received her flight training through an Able Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish Traweek.
Cox has not used prosthetic arms since she turned 14. Using her feet as most people use their hands, she is able, among other things, to drive a car (she has an unrestricted license and drives a car without modifications), to type on a keyboard (25 words per minute), to pump her own gas, and to put in and remove her Contact lenses. She is also a certified SCUBA diver. Cox holds a Bachelor’s degree inpsychology from the University of Arizonaand works as a motivational speaker and has shared her message in 20 different countries.