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The final FAA Medical Rule is out!

01/17/2017 9:54 AM | CAC Administrator (Administrator)

Beginning on May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds. A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:


- possess a valid driver’s license;

- have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006;

- have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;

- have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;

- have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;

- have completed a comprehensive medical examination with a physician within the past 48 months;

- be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions;

- have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable;

- consent to a National Driver Register check;

- fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States; and

- not fly for compensation or hire.


See official PR link below to read more details including the final rule (77 page document):

https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=87125


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