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.