FAA BasicMed Checklist

FAA’s BasicMed Regulations Start May 1, 2017

Starting May 1st, the FAA has created a BasicMed rule written into the new Part 68 of the FARs. While every pilot is still required to obtain an FAA medical certificate at least once (including student pilots), a pilot may choose to continue to operate under the BasicMed rule even after that medical certificate has expired.

In order to operate under BasicMed, a list of requirements MUST be met:

  • Possess a valid US driver’s license. Any restrictions on a driver’s license also apply.
  • Must have held a most recent (unrevoked, unsuspended, unwithdrawn, un-denied) medical certificate that expired July 15, 2006 or after.
  • Complete a BasicMed medical course every 24 calendar months.
  • Complete a comprehensive medical exam and checklist signed by a licensed physician (NOT their assistant) every 48 months.
  • Be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions.
  • Found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions (if applicable).
  • Consent to a National Driver Register check (given during BasicMed education course).
  • Carry no more than five other passengers with you.
  • May operate VFR or IFR, but may not fly internationally unless authorized by the country in which you will be flying.
  • Operate at less than 18,000 feet MSL and MUST NOT exceed 250 knots.
  • Cannot fly for compensation or hire unless as a CFI.
  • Airplane cannot exceed a certificated takeoff weight of 6000 pounds or be authorized for more than 6 occupants.

Medical course certificate and physician checklist documents are required to be kept in a pilots logbook, but may alternately be kept as a digital representation easily accessible on demand by an FAA inspector.

4 thoughts on “FAA BasicMed Checklist

  1. Less than two weeks to have the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist and the online course ready to use.
    My medical expires in one week.
    Am I going to have to get a new medical?

    1. Hi Duane, if you want to fly before May 1st, you’ll need another medical, otherwise, as soon as you have completed everything on the BasicMed checklist after May 1st, you would be eligible to fly under BasicMed Rules without a new medical. If your medical is expired AND you have not completed the BasicMed requirements after May 1st, you cannot fly according to the FAA. I would check with your flight instructor or mentor. If in doubt, just get a new medical. Hope this helps.

  2. Is Basic Med ready to go , I have pulled the medical app for the Dr . When I check with AOPA they say it is going to be that App but not approved yet. The online medical course same story. Can you enlighten me

    1. It will be ready to go May 1st, and not before. You can’t take the medical course or get the checklist from your doctor prior to then.

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