3Dreaming wrote:61.89 (d) it says a student pilot may use BasicMed. 61.23 says you can take a private pilot checkride with BasicMed. Seems clear to me.
Yes, once you find it, the rules seem clear enough. But, I agree with Tim as to the lack of harmonization. Why should we have to dig through so many non-indexed sections to figure this out? It would be so much better if the relevant rules were all in the same place (or at least sequential).
An example of the Law of Unintended Consequences: I can be PIC of most GA aircraft, exercising Private Pilot privileges, under Basic Med. As a CFI, I can instruct for hire (generally a Commercial Pilot privilege) using Basic Med. As a DPE, I can give Sport Pilot checkrides in an LSA using Basic Med (or even just a driver's license). But as a DPE, I cannot give an RP, PP, Instrument, or Commercial checkride under Basic Med - I'd have to get a Special Issuance 3rd class medical (at great expense, I might add)!
Clearly, exercising DPE privileges is not a commercial activity - if it were, FAA would require a 2nd Class medical. So, why will they not allow Basic Med for that activity? Makes absolutely no sense to me.