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BasicMed has allowed thousands of pilots to skip seeing an aviation medical ­examiner (AME) and instead visit their personal physician for a checkup ­every four years. Plus take a free online aeromedical factors course every two years. If you’re over 40, this doubles the time interval between seeing an AME physician every two years. It should be less costly because personal medical insurance generally covers physicals but not necessarily third-class FAA exams.

BasicMed Renewal Requirements

Every 24 calendar months;
– You need to take a free online course on aeromedical factors plus pass the quiz. (Course on AOPA and can
keep taking until you Pass)
– Agree to an authorization for the National Driver Register to provide your driving record to
the FAA to check for DUI and other motor vehicle offenses.
– Provide a statement that you understand that you cannot act as a pilot in command, or any other capacity
as a required flight crew member, if you know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would
make you unable to operate the aircraft in a safe manner.

Every 48 calendar months;
– You must hold a valid U.S. driver’s license.
– Visit a state-licensed physician for a comprehensive checkup and provide your physician with an
FAA-generated checklist. Your physician needs to affirm that he or she has performed an examination
and discussed all the items on the checklist, including medications, with you. Your physician will
also have to affirm that he or she is unaware of any medical conditions that, as presently treated,
could interfere with your ability to safely operate an aircraft.

Aircraft specifications: Up to six seats, up to 6,000 pounds (no limitations on horsepower, number of engines, or gear type)
Flight rules: Day or night, VFR or IFR
Passengers: Up to five passengers
Aeromedical factors: Pilots must take a free online course every two years and visit their personal physician every four years
Altitude restriction: Up to 18,000 feet msl
Airspeed limitation: 250 knots indicated airspeed
Pilot limitation: Cannot operate for compensation or hire

Link to BasicMed status report 2018 – IFR-Magazine

Additional Info – AOPA

FAA BasicMed News

Categories: Medical, Newsworthy
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FAA BasicMed News As of 04-24-17

Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist has been released!  (BasicMedChecklist)

It still appears to some, that finding a non-AME physician that will sign the checklist may be difficult due to the liabilities potentially involved. The non-AME physician must certify, that there is no medical condition, that as presently treated, could interfere with the individuals ability to safely operate an aircraft.

To keep up with the FAA progress on BasicMed, it appears that this page url will have the latest news and info.

Here’s what the FAA says today:

The FAA is currently working on a BasicMed announcements page, a page for online course providers, and a link for the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist. We expect to have this information in the coming weeks. Please check back on this page.



Here is a link to the  FAA Advisory_Circular/AC_68-1.pdf  that contains:


As of today, I do not see any final checklist that is downloadable.

What Do I Need to Fly Under BasicMed? 1. Hold a U.S. driver’s license. 2. Hold or have held a medical certificate issued by the FAA at any point after July 15, 2006. 3. Answer the health questions on the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (CMEC). 4. Get your physical examination by any state-licensed physician, and have that physician complete the CMEC (be sure to keep the CMEC). 5. Take the online medical education course and complete the attestations/consent to the National Driver Register (NDR) check. Keep the course completion document.

Questions are pretty much the same as the old 3rd Class Med Form…


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