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January 2018 Issue

BasicMed Update

Implementing the FAAís new alternative to traditional medical certification.

According to AOPA, approximately 25,000 pilots have taken advantage of BasicMed since its official rollout on May 1, 2017. Because the FAA does not track this, we donít know whether one of BasicMedís hoped-for outcomes is a reality: Did the new process encourage dormant pilots to start flying again? Thus, we donít know the percentage of pilots who did not have a current medical after a multiyear hiatus from flying and decided to get back into flying with BasicMed, as opposed to pilots with medicals who renewed expiring medicals with BasicMed.

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