Cox is the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first
armless black-belt holder in the American Taekwondo Association. She was born in Arizona without arms due to a rare birth defect.
Cox graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a bachelor's
degree in psychology and a minor in communications.
flew in a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight
in 2005. Cox earned her pilot's certificate on October 10, 2008, after
three years of training, and is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft
to altitudes of 10,000 feet. She received her flight training through an
Able Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish
the age of 10, Cox began training in taekwondo at a school in her home
town of Sierra Vista. A1 14, she earned her first black belt. While in
college at the University of Arizona Cox restarted her taekwondo
training at an American Taekwondo Association club on campus. In an
effort to help future students without the use of arms the instructors
created an entire training curriculum by modifying the standard material
from the ATA.
has since gone on to earn her second and third degree black belts in
the ATA. Cox has also earned the title of 2014 Arizona State Champion in
forms. It should be noted that she did not compete in a special
Sport Pilot Certificate is for an ERCO 415-C Ercoupe which the Federal
Aviation Administration has designated a light sport aircraft. Designed
in the 1940s, the Ercoupe was built without rudder pedals. Instead, the
rudder is interconnected with the ailerons through the yoke. This unique
design allows Cox to control the airplane with one foot controlling the
yoke while the other foot controls the throttle.