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May 08, 2023

FedEx Flight Helmed by Mother/Daughter Combo

Company First as Generations Oversee Flight from Memphis to Incheon

Teri Eidson and Nicole McCallister became the first mother-daughter duo to co-pilot an international flight, according to FedEx personnel. The pilots took FedEx flight 5434 from the carrier's main hub at Memphis International Airport to Incheon, South Korea. The 14-hour flight preceded Mother's Day by a few weeks, but offered a unique opportunity for a family moment seldom seen in the industry. In recounting their experience to journalist Channing Reid, they said the idea of being a 'first' in aviation history hadn't quite sunk in. 

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No Extension on July 1st Deadline for 5G-Inspired Retrofits

Biden Admin Rumored to Grant No Wiggle Room to Procrastinating Operators

The looming deadline to install compliant navigational equipment won't be extended, according to DoT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. In a conference call with airlines, he urged them to work aggressively to bring their fleets into compliance before the July 1st deadline, backed up by an FAA warning that the administration has no plans to offer extensions. The rule requires aircraft to have updated radio altimeters that can safely operate accurately even in the vicinity of newly released 5G networks around the country - and finding such units remains a chore after years of uneven parts availability.

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