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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by brien23, Apr 13, 2017.
Like there aren't enough of those threads already.
Everyone needs a hobby, I guess!
Enjoy your time living in negitve land. Not sure why it matters to anyone that can easily obtain a third class. It shaves 9 months off of my waiting time. If it puts me in the air May 1, I don't care how much better it could have been or what the negatives are, only a positive result to me.
Hmmm, I wonder why.
If that is your experience then the 3rd class is the right choice for you. I assure you there are pilots for whom the exact opposite is true.
Almost every pilot will eventually benefit from BasicMed, but not all of them realize it. Because I recently switched groups, I'm keenly aware of the difference between sailing through a 3rd class medical and and having to spend multiple AMUs to document my health to bureaucrats in OKC when me and my doctor already know it intimately.
Last night, I was enjoying some bourbon before retiring for the night, when I realized what the world is missing....
The next chapter in @SixPapaCharlie's series of "A Satire" videos ---- "How to Apply for BasicMed (A Satire)"
Likely featuring the return of animated Pilot Carl.
Here is a letter I'm delivering to my doctor later today:
April 27, 2017
Dear Dr. xxx,
I am a pilot, and have been legally flying "Light Sport" planes over the last several years without an FAA medical. The main reason was the expense and aggravation of annual exams with an FAA physician, which required special tests and documentation given my history of kidney stones. That led to a lot of uncertainty and anxiety and expense for tests every year, and in some cases over-treatment of an otherwise benign condition.
As background, around 2004 the FAA decided to allow pilots to fly a certain class of small aircraft without a medical and within certain "Sport Pilot" limitations. As long as a pilot had never failed an FAA medical, and had a driver's license, he or she could self-certify that they were safe to fly. This was an experiment, and the results have been stunningly positive - there have been virtually no cases of pilot incapacitation among Sport Pilots in the 12+ years since inception of the rule.
The success of the program led to a Pilot's Bill Of Rights, passed by congress last year. The initial hope was that the success of the Sport Pilot program would allow it to simply be expanded to include flying slightly larger and faster planes in slightly more challenging conditions - basically what private pilots can do now. The new procedures and requirements that go into effect in a few days are called "BasicMed".
The end result, going into effect May 1, 2017, is a lot more complicated and convoluted than many had hoped for. But the major benefit for me would be opening up more planes to fly, without the yearly fear of being grounded for good if I failed an FAA medical.
I have printed out a summary provided by an airplane owner's association specifically to explain to physicians what this all means to them, and to you, and the procedures and guidelines to be utilized.
Long story short, is this something you'd be willing to do for me? If so, I'd like to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance,
Seems like overkill but good luck.
To me that's way too much detail. I just sent my doc a quick email that said:
I'm a pilot and recently the FAA changed their medical standards and now allow our normal physicians to do a health evaluation for us. Here's a link to the required checklist with instructions:
Is this something you would be willing to fill out at my next appointment?
I got a reply the same day saying that it was no problem at all and he'd do it at my next physical.
Maybe the long story could have been shorter?
Why such a long letter? Docs are busy people. Just email a link to the checklist and AOPA's physician guide ahead of your appointment.
That won't work for me ... my primary care physician is anything but normal!
Thanks, wish it were mine. I have a few hours in that one and think I have decided that my next plane will be a 421.
I just scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor for my BasicMed exam. Last day in May. Office didn't think it would be a problem, and he didn't when I brought it up a while back. He does DOT physicals. Perfect timing, my 3rd class runs out the end of this month (May). We'll see how it goes. Should be a no brainer.
I just updated both Instrument and Private Ground School power point programs with the Basic Med changes. From a testing stand point, the FAA is going to have a field day on the written knowledge tests with this because you have to remember more information than with medical certificate questions.
How many passengers, how high, how long, online course, how long to have a 3rd class or better in what time frame .........
accoring to the guidelines:
4. In order to act as PIC under BasicMed, an individual must receive a comprehensive medical examination by a state-licensed physician during the previous 48 months in accordance with 14 CFR 61.23(c)(3)(i).
Since I'm over 40 and received a class 3 flight physical 23 months ago, should my AME simply be able to sign the physician from without another exam?
Nope. You need a whole new exam using the new form. Your previous AME exam doesn't count.
@Badger -- The physician, AME or not an AME, still needs to do the typical poking and prodding that makes up a physical exam in order to complete his/her portion of the BasicMed.