On July 15, 2016, Congress passed legislation which included relief from holding an FAA medical certificate for certain pilots. This relief is called BasicMed.
1. Get a routine physical examination by your regular Physician and have the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist filled out and signed.
|FAA BASICMED MEDICAL REGULATION HIGHLIGHTS|
|Pilot Eligibility||Pilots must hold a valid U.S. driver's license and comply with any restrictions; have held a valid FAA medical certificate, regular or special issuance, on or after July 15, 2006; and not had their most recent medical revoked, suspended, or withdrawn, or most recent application denied. Pilots with a medical history or diagnosis of certain cardiac, neurological, or mental health conditions will need a one-time-only special issuance for each condition.|
|Aircraft Specifications||Up to 6 seats, up to 6,000 lbs (no limitations on horsepower, number of engines, or gear type)|
|Flight Rules||Day or night, VFR or IFR|
|Passengers||Up to 5 passengers|
|Altitude Restriction||Up to 18,000 feet msl|
|Geographic Limitation||Within the United States (unless authorized)|
|Speed Limitation||250 knots indicated airspeed|
|Operating Limitation||Cannot operate for compensation or hire, except for flight instruction and as permitted by 14 CFR 61.113|
|Aeromedical Training||Free online course required every two years (24 calendar months)|
|Physician Visit||Every four years (48 months)|