Sport pilot breaks boundaries

Jessica CoxPilots with amputated or paralyzed legs have been able to fly for years thanks to hand controls that have been created to move the rudder pedals. The same can’t be said for those who don’t have either arm. But that didn’t stop Jessica Cox, of Tucson, Ariz., who started taking lessons in an Ercoupe. She became the first sport pilot without arms in 2008.

You can hear how Cox overcame the odds during AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 5 through 7. Cox will be participating on the Women Leaders in Aviation panel, which will be moderated by Women in Aviation President Dr. Peggy Chabrian and Martha King, co-founder of King Schools. The panel will take place in the Women’s Wing of the Tampa Convention Center from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Later that day, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., Cox will talk with AOPA Director of Publications Julie Walker in the exhibit hall during a Center Stage interview, “Flying without boundaries.”

On Saturday, Nov. 7, watch a video of Cox flying an Ercoupe and listen to a short motivational speech during the “Inspiration to Fly” Summit Session at 9 a.m. During the session, she’ll also chat with AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines and Corvin Huber, managing director of Remos Aircraft, as they discuss how people engage with the experience of flight.

Cox’s inspirational presentation is one you won’t want to miss. Register for AOPA Aviation Summit today to take advantage of special discounts that expire Oct. 14.

September 25, 2009