BasicMed Achieves Success After Four Years

Peter “Pete” Killcommons, MD runs Medweb, a company that provides various health services including radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response. In addition to his role as CEO at Medweb, Peter Killcommons, MD is also a member of the American Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), an organization that advocates and represents the largest aviation community in the world spanning 75 countries.

In an October article posted to the AOPA website, the organization reported that its BasicMed program has been a success. Before the launch of this program, the laws regarding the medical requirements for obtaining and maintaining a pilot’s license were viewed as burdensome. These costly requirements often resulted in pilots having to wait a long time-months and years-to receive answers from the FAA.

In response, the AOPA, a coalition of 250 organizations and general aviation (GA) pilots were able to get signed into law BasicMed, a major achievement seeing as only three to four percent of bills pass. The program was a great achievement for AOPA and private pilots, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Under BasicMed, GA pilots can operate an aircraft up to 60,000 pounds and up to 250 knots with five passengers, among other requirements. However, pilots must also visit a state-licensed physician every four years and enroll in an aeromedical class every two years.

Since its inception, the program has accomplished many things. Among them, AOPA was able to get BasicMed accepted in places such as the Bahamas and Mexico, and the AOPA has been integral in getting other countries to review their age-old, bureaucratic medical requirements for pilots.