April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 11,000 flight hours, today praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement of BasicMed requirements, which will go into effect May 1. BasicMed provides a new alternative to the FAA’s existing, onerous process to qualify for third class medical certificates. These needed reforms were required by the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, and were the key provision in Inhofe's Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2.
To take full advantage of these reforms, pilots can learn about BasicMed online medical courses here.
“Previously, the third class medical process was so burdensome that it encouraged pilots to hide medical conditions and in some cases leave flying all together,” Inhofe said. “These reforms, which have enjoyed broad bipartisan support, provide much needed regulatory relief and encourage pilots to disclose and treat medical conditions that may affect their ability to fly. While BasicMed does not go into effect until May 1, I encourage general aviation pilots to learn and prepare for these reforms now. AOPA has developed Fit to Fly resources to help pilots as they navigate the new process. ”
“AOPA has fought long and hard for third class medical reform on behalf of our members and we’re excited that pilots can now start the BasicMed process,” said Mark Baker, AOPA president and CEO. “We could not have done it without the help of leaders in Congress like Sen. Inhofe who understand the freedom to fly and issues that affect pilots.”
To qualify for BasicMed, pilots must hold a valid driver’s license; have held a valid FAA medical certificate on or after July 15, 2006; and not had their most recent medical revoked, suspended, or withdrawn or most recent application denied.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.