BasicMed Course Imminent Says FAA
An online course that will satisfy the aeromedical education requirements of the BasicMed regulations should be approved sometime next week, FAA representatives told AVweb Thursday. BasicMed regulations will become effective on May 1, but one requirement to use BasicMed in lieu of a Third Class Medical is that pilots must take an approved online course about aeromedical risks. AOPA reported in early January that the FAA had approved the course produced by AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, even before publication of the final BasicMed rules, but that course has still not been made available to the flying public.
Pilots are also still waiting for publication of the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (CMEC)—the checklist doctors are required to review with patients as part of a qualifying BasicMed checkup. The FAA reports that they are waiting for approval on a draft CMEC from the President's Office of Management and Budget, which they expect no later than May 1. AVweb will alert readers when the FAA releases the BasicMed aeromedical course and CMEC to the public.