NOW, YOU CAN BECOME A PILOT WITHOUT MEDICAL LICENSE! ITS A WOW!
As of May 1, 2017 pilots flying under certain conditions will no longer be required to have an FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed rules the pilot can self-certify their ability to fly aircraft that meet the following conditions:
- Certificated maximum gross weight up to 6,000 pounds up to 5 passengers.
- Maximum airspeed of 250 KIAS.
- Maximum altitude 18,000 feet MSL.
- VFR or IFR.
- Not for compensation or hire (a flight instructor is not considered to be flying for compensation or hire and may use this rule to fly without a 3rd class medical and charge for their services if they desire).
In order for a pilot to fly under these conditions without an FAA medical certificate the pilot must:
- Have held a valid FAA 1st, 2nd or 3rd class medical certificate that expired after July 14, 2006 (complete a one-time 3rd class medical if you don’t meet this requirement).
- Hold a current and valid driver license issued in the United States and comply with any physical restrictions stated in the license.
- Have completed a required physical examination with a physician within the past 48 months (to the day not the end of the month).
- Have completed the required FAA approved free, online medical education course within the past 24 calendar months (valid until the last day of the month in which the course was taken).
- Ground themselves if they are ill or taking medications not approved by the FAA for use while flying.