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Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 12:48 pm
by MrMorden
Merlinspop wrote:To be honest, I'm okay with how it was written and how it came about. My last medical was issued about 12 or so years ago, so it's not like I missed out by only a few days (it must sting for the unlucky few who were out by a day!). The reason I'm okay with it is that the legislation came about the way legislation is supposed to; by compromise. Group 1 wanted ABCD; Group 2 wanted WXYZ. The final bill turned out to be AXCZ. No one got everything they wanted, but something (hopefully) useful came out of it. I would have benefited greatly without the "within the last 10 years" bit (was really hoping for "never been denied"), but oh well, that's not how it ended up. I'm really tired of the "all or nothing" stance that's been going on for too long with no end in sight. I blame the internet and 24 hour cable.


That's a good point Bruce!

I don't want to be labeled as a "hater", as I said the only element I don't like is the arbitrary ten year timeline. I guess that gives us something to work on for the next bill! I've been having a blast as a Sport Pilot, so if it never happens I'm okay with it.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:52 pm
by TimTaylor
Those of us flying Light Sport aircraft with only a driver's license could fly to age 100+ and never see another doctor for the rest of our lives. Those flying under Basic Med will have a pretty thorough physical examination by a licensed MD every 4 years. I believe that could be a very significant medical difference. I also believe Basic Med will prove to be as good or better than the FAA 3rd class medical for weeding out medically unsafe pilots. The good news for some of them is they can downgrade to Light Sport as long as they meet the Sport Pilot medical requirements. Face it, it's much easier to fly light sport, daytime, VFR than twin-engine, night, IFR. The 10 year rule is somewhat arbitrary, but very reasonable. Nobody wants you flying heavier, more complex aircraft without the FAA having one look at you in the somewhat recent past. I don't like it, but I think it's reasonable.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:36 am
by dstclair
Finally got around to getting my Basic Med. My family doctor was more than willing to do the examination as part of my annual physical. Also remarked that this was much more thorough than the FAA's 2nd class (of which he was familiar). Total free with my insurance!

Probably the only change will be to legally fly over the top on a rare occasion and fly a little later when the days get shorter. 10K feet doesn't come into play often for me.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:38 am
by jake
Awesome news!

Mark

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:24 pm
by Scooper
In an October 5, 2017 news release by AOPA Communications Staff, the staff noted that in the five months since May 1st, more than 20,000 pilots have completed the BasicMed checklist, examination, and AOPA Medical Self-Assessment online course, and are now flying under the new rule.

"Charade" indeed. :roll:

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/october/05/basicmed-20000-now-airborne-and-climbing

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:44 pm
by TimTaylor
The only thing that could have been better is no "ten year look back." That's what screwed me ... by 45 days.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:43 pm
by MrMorden
TimTaylor wrote:The only thing that could have been better is no "ten year look back." That's what screwed me ... by 45 days.


My only gripe as well.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:51 pm
by Scooper
I've gotta agree. ^^

The ten year lookback from the day the president signed the bill is arbitrary in that if the congress critters had gotten their act together and sent the bill to the prez for his signature a couple of months earlier, Tim would be flying a Mooney.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:48 pm
by drseti
No matter when Congress acted, there would have been some folks left out on the cold. Sad reality, but that's how it is. We're lucky there was any look back interval at all. They could just as easily have made Basic Med available only to those whose medical was still current at the time of signing.

Re: The "Charade" of BasicMed

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:10 pm
by TimTaylor
Scooper wrote:I've gotta agree. ^^

The ten year lookback from the day the president signed the bill is arbitrary in that if the congress critters had gotten their act together and sent the bill to the prez for his signature a couple of months earlier, Tim would be flying a Mooney.

Just bad luck on my part. You win some, you lose some. I lost this one, but still love flying the SkyCatcher.