FAA Basic Med Exams

Basic Med Exam

At Lakeville Spine & Health, we share your passion for aviation. The FAA Basic Med Physicals are designed to keep you in the skies, where you belong. We are your partners in aviation health, committed to ensuring your safety and well-being as you pursue your dreams.

Dr. Kent performs examinations for FAA Basic Med in our clinic.  Being a pilot himself, he has the knowledge about the requirements necessary to act as PIC.  Basic Med is a quick and easy exam that has helped many continue flying without the difficulty of renewing their airman certificate. 


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BasicMed is an alternative to the traditional FAA medical certification for certain private pilots in the United States. It was introduced to provide more flexibility for pilots and reduce the burden of obtaining and renewing FAA medical certificates for certain operations. Here’s an overview of BasicMed:

1. Eligibility: BasicMed is available to private pilots who meet specific eligibility criteria. To qualify, you must:

  • Hold a U.S. driver’s license.
  • Have held an FAA medical certificate at any point after July 15, 2006 (even if it is no longer valid).
  • Not have had your most recent medical certificate denied, suspended, revoked, or withdrawn.
  • Not have certain disqualifying medical conditions, including some mental health conditions, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse.

2. Requirements:

BasicMed involves the following requirements:

  • Medical Examination: You are required to have a physical examination by a state-licensed physician every 48 months. The physician must complete the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist (CMEC), which includes checks for general health, vital signs, and certain disqualifying conditions.

  • Online Course: You must complete an online medical education course every 24 months. The course covers various aspects of aviation physiology, medical self-assessment, and risk factors.

  • Self-Assessment: You are responsible for conducting a self-assessment of your medical fitness before each flight, which includes monitoring any medications and health conditions.

  • Certificate: After completing these requirements, you receive a Certificate of Proficiency. It’s important to carry this certificate and a copy of the CMEC with you when you fly.

3. Restrictions:

While BasicMed provides more flexibility, there are certain operational limitations:

  • You can operate aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 6,000 pounds or less.
  • You can carry a maximum of five passengers.
  • You cannot fly for compensation or hire.
  • You must operate within the United States.

4. Recurrent Requirements:

To maintain BasicMed privileges, you need to complete the medical examination, online course, and self-assessment requirements at the specified intervals (every 48 months for the physical examination and every 24 months for the online course).

BasicMed has made it easier for certain private pilots to continue flying without the need for traditional FAA medical certification. However, it’s important to stay informed about the latest rules and requirements, as regulations may change over time. Always consult with a qualified aviation medical examiner or the FAA for the most up-to-date information regarding BasicMed and its eligibility and requirements.

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