One Girl’s Future in the Skies

World’s first certified armless pilot: Jessica Cox

Born without arms, Jessica Cox flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She holds the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to become a certified pilot.

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken person

Aspiring Olympic skier Janine Shepherd was nearly killed when she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. Paralysed and immobile for six months, she was given a grim picture for recovery. But not only did she teach herself to walk again— she learned to fly.

Funny MCC / Boeing cockpit

Aviation: Heather Gomer at TEDx

Heather Gomer served in the U.S. military for five years as an air traffic controller and is now the CEO and co-founder of Advanced Flight Training Solutions at the Sundance Airpark in Yukon, Okla.