FAA Provides BasicMed Outreach


For pilots who are still not sure about how the BasicMed program works, or if it’s right for them, the FAA’s latest Safety Briefing magazine aims to answer all of your questions. The issue, available for free download online (PDF), includes a Q&A, an infographic that walks you through the procedures and advice on how to talk to your doctor about the options. It also features a listing of all the FAA safety forums scheduled for this week at the FAA Safety Center at EAA AirVenture, which cover a range of topics, including what you need to know about over-the-counter drugs, visual flight illusions, fatigue, stress and more. Updates on the FAA medical are offered at the Safety Center on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m.

The new BasicMed rules took effect in May. Under the rules, private pilots can choose to fly without a medical certificate, under most conditions. The details of how the rule works can be found at the FAA website. The FAA has also posted a video and a checklist online to help pilots navigate the new system.