MANA Urgent Care to provide BasicMed for Pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started the BasicMed program. On July 15, 2016, Congress passed legislation. This legislation, FAA Extension, Safety, Security Act of 2016 (FESSA) includes relief from holding an FAA medical certificate for certain pilots. This relief is called BasicMed.

The physicians at MANA Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic’s Wedington location are able to perform the BasicMed for Pilots. 

What do I need to do to fly under BasicMed?

  1. Comply with the general BasicMed requirements (possess a U.S. driver’s license, have held a medical after July 14, 2006).
  2. Get a physical exam with a state-licensed physician, using the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist
  3. Complete a BasicMed medical education course, at one of the websites below:
    https://basicmedicalcourse.aopa.org/client/app.html#/auth/logon
  4. Mayo Clinic BasicMed medical education courses
  5. Go fly!

Aircraft Requirements

  • Any aircraft authorized under federal law to carry not more than 6 occupants.
  • Has a maximum certificated takeoff weight of not more than 6,000 pounds.

Operating Requirements

  • Carries not more than five passengers.
  • Operates under VFR or IFR, within the United States, at less than 18,000 feet MSL, not exceeding 250 knots.
  • Flight not operated for compensation or hire.

Medical Conditions Requiring One Special Issuance Before Operating under BasicMed

  • A mental health disorder limited to an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of:
  • A personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts;
  • A psychosis, defined as a case in which an individual
  • Has manifested delusions, hallucinations, grossly bizarre or disorganized behavior, or other commonly accepted symptoms of psychosis; or
  • May reasonably be expected to manifest delusions, hallucinations, grossly bizarre or disorganized behavior, or other commonly accepted symptoms of psychosis;

 

  • A bipolar disorder; or
  • A substance dependence within the previous 2 years, as defined in ยง67.307(a)(4) of 14 Code of Federal Regulations
  • A neurological disorder, limited to an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of any of the following:
    • Epilepsy;
    • Disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory medical explanation of the cause; or
    • A transient loss of control of nervous system functions without satisfactory medical explanation of the cause.
  • A cardiovascular condition, limited to a one-time special issuance for each diagnosis of the following:
    • Myocardial infarction;
    • Coronary heart disease that has required treatment;
    • Cardiac valve replacement; or
    • Heart replacement.

If you have any questions, see the FAA website FAQ.

MANA Urgent Care Walk-in Clinic is staffed by board-certified physicians. Call to schedule your exam or stop by MANA Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic Wedington seven days a week between 7 am and 7 pm. 

 

Thomas Harris, MDThomas E. Harris, MD, FAWM
LtCol, MC, Senior Flight Surgeon, ARANG (retired)
MediServe Walk-in Clinic, A MANA Clinic