How to get your basic Medical

Vance

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Hi Folks

  1. ""Comply with the general BasicMed requirements (possess a U.S. driver's license, have held a medical after July 14, 2006).""
Basic Med is not available to me for the reason I was denied prior to July 14, 2006. Therefore I am in the process of attempting a Special Issuance for purposes of receiving a 2 year Third Class Medical. After that, the sky is the limit.

Wish me luck folks!! I would be just as happy flying an ultralight, but this news about special issuance is too good to pass up.

Curtis Scholl
Good Luck Curtis Scholl,
I am blind in one eye and have had a traumatic brain injury and fly with a statement of demonstrated ability after taking a demonstrated ability medical check ride. it too two years of back and forth with the FAA.
A good advocate is important to receive a special issuance.
 

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Hi Folks

  1. ""Comply with the general BasicMed requirements (possess a U.S. driver's license, have held a medical after July 14, 2006).""
Basic Med is not available to me for the reason I was denied prior to July 14, 2006. Therefore I am in the process of attempting a Special Issuance for purposes of receiving a 2 year Third Class Medical. After that, the sky is the limit.

Wish me luck folks!! I would be just as happy flying an ultralight, but this news about special issuance is too good to pass up.

Curtis Scholl
Please report back on the process and how long it takes so we can all learn from your experience.
If you have problems let me know and I will find an expert that may be able to help.
 

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Hi John and the group!

I talked to an AME yesterday evening.
There are a few things in my medical history that are problematic, but are not show stoppers.
One of them will require a 6 month lead time, however, since I have been on the required protocol, the AME considers it to be less time in toto.
He gave me new hope that the FAA is not just a bunch of Nay Sayers... but did express there are proper ways to go about this stuff.

Onward and Upward!!

Curtis Scholl
 

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Good Luck Curtis Scholl,
I am blind in one eye and have had a traumatic brain injury and fly with a statement of demonstrated ability after taking a demonstrated ability medical check ride. it too two years of back and forth with the FAA.
A good advocate is important to receive a special issuance.
Vance, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me at the PRA meet. Your reference to the AME in Chicago was great and I took your advice to move forward. I got of to a slow start as I was trying to book time with a specialist and found out they did not know anything about the FAA process.... live and learn right?

But I am on the correct line now!!

Curtis Scholl
 

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Vance, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me at the PRA meet. Your reference to the AME in Chicago was great and I took your advice to move forward. I got of to a slow start as I was trying to book time with a specialist and found out they did not know anything about the FAA process.... live and learn right?

But I am on the correct line now!!

Curtis Scholl
Just playing it forward Curtis; apparently it was time well spent.

Bob Hoover helped me 14 years ago and I have learned a lot since then.

Glad to read the process is going well.
 

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I called up a pilot friend and he suggested Dr Rodgers in Phoenix (602)842-7057 for Basic Med.

I scheduled an appointment with him and a half hour and $60 later I walked out with the required paperwork.

I visited the AOPA site and took the test and filled out the information.

I got to the end and printed out my form and AOPA sent it off to the FAA.

My only challenge was believing it really was that simple.
 

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I called up a pilot friend and he suggested Dr Rodgers in Phoenix (602)842-7057 for Basic Med.

I scheduled an appointment with him and a half hour and $60 later I walked out with the required paperwork.

I visited the AOPA site and took the test and filled out the information.

I got to the end and printed out my form and AOPA sent it off to the FAA.

My only challenge was believing it really was that simple.
Vance:

There is hope after all!!
Got an appointment with FAA Special Issuance advocate Dr Dana Busch, Plymouth Michigan to discuss my situation. Came out with a definite plan. I have an appointment with my GP to set up tests and get them over with.
Next set of appointments is a far bit away.

Curtis
 

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I called up a pilot friend and he suggested Dr Rodgers in Phoenix (602)842-7057 for Basic Med.

I scheduled an appointment with him and a half hour and $60 later I walked out with the required paperwork.

I visited the AOPA site and took the test and filled out the information.

I got to the end and printed out my form and AOPA sent it off to the FAA.

My only challenge was believing it really was that simple.
Congrats, Vance. One word of warning: in twenty four calendar months you need to repeat the course/test (not the doctor visit) but if I recall correctly, the next doctor visit needs to be in 4 years, and that's 365-day years, not to the end of the 48th month as conventional med certificates are expected to last. I haven't checked recently but perhaps someone who has will confirm this. It could be a rude surprise to find out one was inadvertently operating illegally because old habits led one into expecting to get the rest of the month included.
 
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Vance:

There is hope after all!!
Got an appointment with FAA Special Issuance advocate Dr Dana Busch, Plymouth Michigan to discuss my situation. Came out with a definite plan. I have an appointment with my GP to set up tests and get them over with.
Next set of appointments is a far bit away.

Curtis
That is good news. Keep us informed. I have not heard from that many people yet but no one I've helped so far has failed to get it.
 

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Don't know about that Waspair. I to was under the impression that the online course expire on the day of issuance but am now confused regarding the following:

https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-...part-61/subpart-A/section-61.23#p-61.23(c)(3)

(3) A person using a U.S. driver's license to meet the requirements of paragraph (c) while operating under the conditions and limitations of § 61.113(i) must meet the following requirements -


(i) The person must -

(A) Comply with all medical requirements or restrictions associated with his or her U.S. driver's license;
(B) At any point after July 14, 2006, have held a medical certificate issued under part 67 of this chapter;
(C) Complete the medical education course set forth in § 68.3 of this chapter during the 24-calendar months before acting as pilot in command in an operation conducted under § 61.113(i) and retain a certification of course completion in accordance with § 68.3(b)(1) of this chapter;
(D) Receive a comprehensive medical examination from a State-licensed physician during the 48 months before acting as pilot in command of an operation conducted under § 61.113(i) and that medical examination is conducted in accordance with the requirements in part 68 of this chapter; and
(E) If the individual has been diagnosed with any medical condition that may impact the ability of the individual to fly, be under the care and treatment of a State-licensed physician when acting as pilot in command of an operation conducted under § 61.113(i).

(ii) The most recently issued medical certificate -

(A) May include an authorization for special issuance;
(B) May be expired; and
(C) Cannot have been suspended or revoked.

(iii) The most recently issued Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate cannot have been withdrawn; and

(iv) The most recent application for an airman medical certificate submitted to the FAA cannot have been completed and denied.
 

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Here's the difference: the 24-month period is in "calendar months", whereas the 48-month period is a simple 48-months (which means to the day).
FAA definition: Calendar Months. Known also as “unit months,” is defined as beginning on the first of the month and ending on the last day of the month. For example, a certificate issued on July 15, 2016 with a 24 calendar-month duration does not expire until July 31, 2018.

So WaspAir is right. The doctor's visit must be within four years, to the day, of your previous visit, but you have till the end of the 24th month to do the two-year online retraining.
Incidentally, every four-year period will contain one leap day (at least till the year 2100), so everyone gets one "extra" day to visit the doc! 😊
 
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I called up a pilot friend and he suggested Dr Rodgers in Phoenix (602)842-7057 for Basic Med.

I scheduled an appointment with him and a half hour and $60 later I walked out with the required paperwork.

I visited the AOPA site and took the test and filled out the information.

I got to the end and printed out my form and AOPA sent it off to the FAA.

My only challenge was believing it really was that simple.
Vance, just to be clear...the successfully-passed date of your AOPA online medical questions test is one piece of medical information the FAA gets on Basic Med pilots. That date gets electronically transmitted to the FAA when you finish the test. That date shows up on your page in the Airman Database as your BasicMed Course Date (see below). The forms that you and your Primary Care Physician fill-out and sign (called Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist) remain in your hands and if I remember right, they don't even have to be carried with you when you fly. I'm not clear on how the date of signatures on those forms gets to the FAA? I do not I had to fax them to the FAA. Obviously the FAA keeps up with that date too. As a BasicMed participant, I am still allowed to rent the FBO's 172's and any other rental or owned aircraft, up to 6 passengers and 6000 pounds gross weight. I can fly VFR or IFR, day or night, SO LONG AS IT'S NOT FOR COMPENSATION OR HIRE. SUBPART H CFI's CAN MOST DEFINITELY INSTRUCT UNDER THEIR BASICMED.
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Vance, just to be clear...the successfully-passed date of your AOPA online medical questions test is one piece of medical information the FAA gets on Basic Med pilots. That date gets electronically transmitted to the FAA when you finish the test. That date shows up on your page in the Airman Database as your BasicMed Course Date (see below). The forms that you and your Primary Care Physician fill-out and sign (called Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist) remain in your hands and if I remember right, they don't even have to be carried with you when you fly. I'm not clear on how the date of signatures on those forms gets to the FAA? I do not I had to fax them to the FAA. Obviously the FAA keeps up with that date too. As a BasicMed participant, I am still allowed to rent the FBO's 172's and any other rental or owned aircraft, up to 6 passengers and 6000 pounds gross weight. I can fly VFR or IFR, day or night, SO LONG AS IT'S NOT FOR COMPENSATION OR HIRE. SUBPART H CFI's CAN MOST DEFINITELY INSTRUCT UNDER THEIR BASICMED.
View attachment 1153525
This is what shows up on the FAA website now:
Medical Information:
Medical Class: Third Medical Date: 11/2019
MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.
BasicMed Course Date: 10/20/2021 BasicMed CMEC Date: 10/13/2021

It really was that easy.
At the bottom of the form from AOPA is a thing that can be cut out and carried with me.
 
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