I'm interested to see too, what with my 3rd class expiring in a few months. I'd really like to not have to shell out the $90 if I don't have to. That's almost an hour of flight and I don't have excess money to throw around like I did in my younger days.
https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2015/december/09/third-class-medical-faqs?utm_source=ePilot&utm_medium=Content&utm_content=adv&utm_campaign=160712epilotI wonder how or if CAP will consider the new criteria? No change to 60-1 would certainly work, however how might that affect the pool of potential CAP pilots? The AOPA article is an interesting read.
Pilots flying "with" a 3rd class medical certificate can not fly for hire or compensation anyway (not counting CFI's), and I doubt the FAA would change CAP's exemptions. From what I read, pilots will still need to see a physician every 4 years, obtaining a "pass letter" for the FAA.... All in all, nice work!
(e) A private pilot may be reimbursed for aircraft operating expenses that are directly related to search and location operations, provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenditures, or rental fees, and the operation is sanctioned and under the direction and control of:(1) A local, State, or Federal agency; or(2) An organization that conducts search and location operations.
Yep, however the CAP exemptions are for CAP MPs holding any "valid" FAA pilot license; PVT and higher...No pilot group I know of has expressed a concern about a possible change in exemptions pilots and/or organizations enjoy for "charitable flying" or CAP mission flying. Of course, the FAA can issue whatever rules it deems necessary, so I can't disagree with your comments (I never would anyway... )
IMPORTANT: FAA Issues Final Rule – BasicMedGood afternoon Commanders, Staff and Pilots. As many of you are aware, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced via news release earlier today that the FAA has issued a final rule (PDF) that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation. Beginning on May 1st, 2017, the FAA is allowing pilots to take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. The FAA will require pilots flying under the BasicMed rule to:- possess a valid driver’s license;- have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006;- have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;- have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;- have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;- have completed a comprehensive medical examination with a physician within the past 48 months;- be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions;- have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable;- consent to a National Driver Register check;- fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States; and- not fly for compensation or hire.Though we anticipate many of you will want to take advantage of this rule, before CAP pilots are allowed to do so, several things must happen:- CAP NHQ must now confirm with its insurance carrier that there will be no changes in coverage should we choose to implement this rule on or after the 1st of May, and also evaluate any cost changes if we do. - We will also need to determine if the Air Force will allow CAP pilots flying AFAMs to operate under the new rule, or will still require a Class III Medical at a minimum.- Finally, we will need to review the new rule closely and, based on the answers to the above issues, seek clarification to our existing FAA exemptions that we fly most of our missions under, and possibly request new exemptions depending on the answers provided by the FAA.- Assuming we are allowed to operate under this new FAA rule and the CAP leadership chooses to do so, we will have to make changes to Ops Quals, WMIRS, and other systems that may rely on this data prior to implementation.There are also limitations that come with this new rule. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds, which would limit those that could fly our GA8s. As we review the rules closer we may see more, and will need to build those limitations into our processes and systems.Bottom line: To be clear, until further notice, nothing has changed in terms of CAP procedures or requirements. FAA Medicals are still required for all CAP pilots, and will be for the foreseeable future. Once we have answers, we will make a recommendation to the leadership for implementation or not. Staffing this kind of change could take a long time, likely well after the 1 May FAA implementation date, so please advise your pilots to plan to get traditional medicals until advised otherwise. Thank you for your attention to this matter, and expect more to follow on this issue in the coming months ahead.DO Staff/11 Jan 17
Well that's certainly a healthy price tag!This is an issue that hasn't been brought before up in the many online discussions I've read, but it certainly sounds like it could be a problem. When I described BasicMed to my doctor a few weeks ago, he asked me to bring him a copy of the form when it is finalized. He also mentioned that it would probably be cheaper to go to a regular FAA medical examiner, but he didn't go into specifics about how much cheaper.
Some of the organizations I fly for have made it clear pilots must have, at least, a 3rd class medical certificate to continue flying under their FAA exemptions and insurance. Some have said the "Basic Med" will be ok. I don't see CAP changing the requirements.
If $90 to go get a flight Medical once every two or five years is a financial burden, then, and pardon my frankness, you can't afford to fly.
Quote from: Panzerbjorn on March 08, 2017, 08:24:39 AMIf $90 to go get a flight Medical once every two or five years is a financial burden, then, and pardon my frankness, you can't afford to fly. It's not the $150.00 every couple of years that BasicMed is meant to help alleviate. It's the thousands of dollars spent on multiple doctors and specialists because the AME screwed up or claimed that a pilot had a serious medical condition when the pilot in fact did not have anything more serious than 70% of the people walking the earth every day.
Quote from: jeders on March 08, 2017, 09:48:14 AMQuote from: Panzerbjorn on March 08, 2017, 08:24:39 AMIf $90 to go get a flight Medical once every two or five years is a financial burden, then, and pardon my frankness, you can't afford to fly. It's not the $150.00 every couple of years that BasicMed is meant to help alleviate. It's the thousands of dollars spent on multiple doctors and specialists because the AME screwed up or claimed that a pilot had a serious medical condition when the pilot in fact did not have anything more serious than 70% of the people walking the earth every day.I've also heard that when a medical application gets deferred, the FAA is very slow to make a decision (i.e., months), especially for pilots who are not flying for a living.