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Old 04-26-2018, 08:24 AM
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Default 3rd Class Medical vs Basic Med

I don't know if this is the right place, but I am going to post to see if anyone has an opinion:
By end of July I am due for my medical.
Physically I have zero issues, (mentally...well that's another issue).
Besides saving $100 and the afternoon to renew for another 2 years, does anyone have an opinion as to whether one should continue with the exam process or go Basic Med?
Is there any benefit in flying under the 2-year medical exam as I have done for years as opposed to self-certifying at this point?
Footnote: Flying under Basic Med will not restrict my type of flying in any manner.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:29 AM
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As long as your flying fits within the Basic Med limitations, there is absolutely no advantage to continue with a third class medical.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:31 AM
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Being able to legally act as safety pilot?
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:44 AM
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I renewed my medical as I was 100% sure that I would pass. The cost compared to the hassle and cost of getting a primary care doc to sign me off was a toss up in my view.

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Old 04-26-2018, 08:44 AM
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Being able to legally act as safety pilot?
Interesting details on that one...

https://pilot-protection-services.ao...-safety-pilots
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:10 AM
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Yep. That was a hot topic in our household as we rely on each other to maintain instrument currency.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:23 AM
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I'm not sure whether Canada recognizes BasicMed yet - you might want to check on that if you have any inclination to fly north (or Mexico if you want to fly south).
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:23 AM
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I got BasicMed last year as part of my normal physical. My primary care physician just went through a normal physical and then looked at the form and checked off each item. He had done more than the form requires for my normal physical.

It didn't cost me anything extra and was covered by my insurance.

However, this year I decided to fly down to Mexico. That requires an FAA medical. I went back and got one for this express purpose. If I had not needed an FAA medical for my trip, I would have been happy with BasicMed.

I see absolutely no health or safety benefit in a 3rd class medical. My normal physical was significantly more comprehensive, and working with my PCP who knows me and my health history results in better decisions than going to an AME every couple of years, hoping he won't discover something that will result in a lot of FAA paperwork, even for relatively minor conditions that my PCP can take care of.

I would only get an FAA physical if it was required for a certain type of flying. I think even 2nd class medicals should be replaced by BasicMed. I got one this last time, just to see what it entailed (same price as 3rd class). The only thing that was different were a few extra vision tests that seem superfluous to me. The things they were testing for would not affect my ability to fly. Besides, I already have an eye doctor that checks for much more than their exam.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:25 AM
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I just did my Basic Med last week. I've been seeing the same Primary Care doctor for the last 8 years, so I have an established relationship with her.

I was her first Basic Med patient. Prior to making the appointment, I contacted her and gave her a copy of Basic Med form and instructions. After she had a chance to review them, she agreed to do the required physical.

The appointment took longer than a typical 3rd class exam done by an AME. I'm not sure if an AME would do a Basic Med exam. If an AME would do one, it would probably be a quick process also.

The other benefit to Basic Med is the the exam is good for 4 years. You have to re-take the online education in 2 years but the exam is valid for 48 months.
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:46 AM
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..... I'm not sure if an AME would do a Basic Med exam. If an AME would do one, it would probably be a quick process also.
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Check with your usual AME - mine will do it and supported the BasicMed proposal all through its regulatory hurdles...
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