Sandpoint, ID (PressExposure) March 19, 2012 -- The true-life story of Jessica Cox is truly a story of soaring beyond what's possible. She admits she was once scared of flying but, in a characteristic move, she enrolled in flight school as a means of challenging and overcoming that biggest fear. Now that her pilot training days are behind her, Jessica has become a highly desired motivational speaker, speaking recently at the Montana Aviation Conference. Conquering the fear of flying can be a daunting mission. Conquering the rigors of the nation's flight schools can seem daunting, too. What makes Jessica's story so remarkable is that she conquered both, in spite of being born without arms.
The Jessica Cox story is one of adventure and daring. She lives life with no boundaries and she doesn't let the fact that she has no arms keep her from doing the things she loves. She's a surfer and a scuba diver. She's got two black belts in tae kwon-do. For the next chapter in her life of adventure, she's planning to try sky diving.
Jessica doesn't use mechanical modifications to fly airplanes; she uses her feet. She's gone through life learning how to do everything with her feet. Other airplane pilots without arms have flown planes using special modifications but, says Cox, "This was a different endeavor because no one had ever attempted to fly an airplane with their feet before without the need of special modifications which, by the way, I do not fly with modifications. So learning how to fly this plane and figure out what I needed to do to be a safe pilot, that was the challenge."
Delivering her message of living life to the fullest is like "icing on the cake," she told the audience at the Montana Aviation Conference. "A lot of times I do what I love and I don't realize it's inspiring other people but that kind of puts the icing on the cake when I'm able to inspire and that's rewarding," said Cox.