She would eventually earn her U.S. Federal Aviation Administration sport pilot licence in 2008, after three years of hard work. Aside from a pilot license, she also has a double black belt in taekwondo.
Being the first armless person to become a certified pilot in aviation history and get a black belt from the American Taekwondo Association, Cox has earned herself two Guinness World Records.
But the incredible 36-year-old pilot is seen as a superhero by many, and not just because of her ability to fly, kick ass, or master multiple skills without the use of arms. She has earned praise and recognition for motivating others and advancing the rights of people with disabilities.
As a motivational speaker and disability rights advocate, Cox has shared her inspiring story on shows such as Ellen, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends, Oprah Winfrey Network, and CBS Evening News among many others. She has spoken about her success in over 23 countries, including Ghana, Kenya and the Philippines.
She is also currently a mentor with the International Child Amputee Network and the author of her autobiography, “Disarm Your Limits; Goodwill Ambassador of Humanity and Inclusion.”
In 2015, a documentary about her life and achievements titled “Right Footed” premiered at the Mirabile Dictu Film Festival (International Catholic Film Festival) held in Vatican City, Rome.
The film won the festival’s Best Documentary Award and became the Social Impact Film winner at the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival. The award-winning documentary was also aired on National Geographic in more than 80 countries.
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