March 23, 2017 - As we close in on the May 1 implementation date for BasicMed, many in the aviation community are eager to begin preparing to fly under the new regulation. EAA headquarters has been receiving two questions frequently in the past few weeks:
“Where can I find the form that my doctor has to sign?”
A draft version of this form can be found in FAA advisory circular (AC) 68-1. The form is still in draft because it requires approval by the Office of Management and Budget before it becomes official, a bureaucratic step that is required for any form of this type under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
EAA expects the finalized document to be released within about a month. Once finalized, members may bring it to their doctors to sign, even before May 1. In the meantime, because we do not expect the form to change substantively from the draft to the final copy, members may want to begin showing the form to their doctors and ensuring there are no roadblocks to their doctors signing off.
“Where is the online self-certification course I have to take?”
Several organizations that are developing courses, including AOPA, will be offering the course free of charge to anyone (members and non-members). These are also not yet approved by the FAA, but should be in advance of May 1.
If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to call EAA at 800-564-6322.