Jessica Cox Gains Pilot Licence Despite Having No Arms


Could an email about a girl with no arms attaining her pilot’s licence be true?

Or is it a hoax?

Here’s the email –

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Well, what do you think – is the email above a true-life inspirational story, or is it a hoax?

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  1. Well…..

    here’s your answer budy…


  2. joe dupont says:

    I don’t know . but the plane she is in was design to fly without the use of rudders and not stall.
    it would be the right type of plane to modify to handle her limitations. it also has castering landing gear making cross wind lindings supposedly very simple.
    if this were true. it would be the right plane for her to do it in.

  3. I too think this is true and that Jessica is an inspiration to us all.

  4. All of you are quite correct – this story about Jessica Cox is totally true and this amazing young woman has indeed learned to fly.

    How much could we all learn from someone like this?

  5. I don’t think it is true, seems a bit far fetched, hope I am wrong though.

  6. I have a feeling that this is true, am I right?

  7. Dionne Collins says:

    I have a feeling this is true too. Would certainly be an inspiration to us all if she really did do it.

  8. The picture looks genuine but is the email? I think so.

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