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Old 09-28-2017, 10:55 AM
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Default FAA "Courtesy Call" after Basic Med

I recently became yet another FAA BasicMed success story, having taken care of it on 9-12-17. Super happy that my doc agreed to participate, and that he understands the intent and has no problems with it.

However, a curious thing happened a couple of weeks ago, when I listened to a message on my answering machine with some sweet sounding young female voice stating that it was the FAA calling to verify my address. has anyone else experienced this sort of thing after completing Basic Med? I'm just wondering if:

1. This was nothing but a total scam call (I never replied to it or called the number she left)

2. if my completion of Basic Med somehow triggered this event from the FAA, because they now need to reflect that I am on Basic Med and not a standard Class 3 Medical anymore. The problem is, if that is the case, why would they want to "verify my address, and not my medical status change?"

Just curious if anyone has experienced this as well after obtaining a BasicMed privileges.
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:29 AM
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Nothing gets submitted to the FAA after a basic med exam, so I would imagine this is coincidence. Though I assume they have access to the records of pilots taking the awareness program from AOPA. I certainly would call them back. I would suspect that little good would come from ignoring the FAA.

Scammers focus their programs towards the masses and very few people interact with the FAA. It is HIGHLY unlikely to be a scam.

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:50 AM
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Nothing gets submitted to the FAA after a basic med exam
Not true. Do a search of any pilot with BasicMed on the FAA airman database and BasicMed status will show up:

https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/airmeninquiry/
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:54 AM
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Like Tom said, when you complete the AOPA course and fill out what is required to get your certificate, it sends that info to the FAA.

May have something to do with the recent Equifax data breach. Your credit reports have all kinds of personal info in them and scammers now have this data for over 143 million people. Scammers will use this data to try and trick people into their traps!

I am questioning anything these days that even hint of a scam!
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Old 09-28-2017, 11:56 AM
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Nothing gets submitted to the FAA after a basic med exam, so I would imagine this is coincidence. Though I assume they have access to the records of pilots taking the awareness program from AOPA.
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Not true. Do a search of any pilot with BasicMed on the FAA airman database and BasicMed status will show up:
It is partially true. The FAA gets a list of those that have completed the awareness program. The FAA does not get medically related data from anybody unless specifically requested.

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:59 AM
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I would suspect that little good would come from ignoring the FAA.
I'd take exactly the opposite approach...little good can come from *volunteering* information to an enforcement agency.

If they really need the information, you'll get something formal in the mail (probably certified mail).
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I'd take exactly the opposite approach...little good can come from *volunteering* information to an enforcement agency.

If they really need the information, you'll get something formal in the mail (probably certified mail).
I didn't suggest volunteering information, only calling them back and find out what they want. Ignorance to their position won't likely help. Also, you won't get any mail from them, formal otherwise, if they don't have your current address.

It's quite possible that they scan the basic med data and look for discrepancies between the submitted data and the data on record, such as current address.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:14 PM
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Sounds like a scam to me. Like stated federal agencies send requests by mail.

I might call just cause I'm inquisitive but I wouldn't volunteer anything. You might actually gather info worthy of reporting to FAA.
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Old 09-28-2017, 03:18 PM
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Actually, in your case, I would check that the FAA registry of your pilot's certificate data base is correct.

If it's correct, then ignore it - hey, your details are right, so no need to telephone to confirm.

If the FAA data base has an error, then correct it in the prescribed fashion with a letter to OK City.

It could simply be that the AOPA information sent to the FAA when you filled out the awareness info didn't match what the FAA has for you.
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Google the name and number and see what comes up.
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