If you’re a private pilot flying a small, non-commercial aircraft, you don’t necessarily need a current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate. At Prairie Garden Medical in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, experienced doctors Joel Tupper, MD, and Daniel Jones, MD, offer FAA BasicMed examinations. These exams are a way to skip the more complicated FAA medical certificate while still verifying that you’re able to fly safely. Book your appointment online or call the office to learn more today.
An FAA BasicMed examination is a medical evaluation that determines whether you can safely operate a small aircraft.
Pilots of commercial aircraft and large planes need a current FAA medical certificate, which requires an in-depth exam. An FAA BasicMed examination is a simpler alternative to renewing an FAA medical certificate for certain pilots.
BasicMed is for pilots who:
To qualify to fly under FAA BasicMed, you also need to pass the FAA BasicMed exam at Prairie Garden Medical. Fortunately, the exam is straightforward.
Before your FAA BasicMed exam, you’ll download and print a Comprehensive Medical Exam Checklist from the FAA.
You fill out the airman section, which includes a checklist regarding your medical history and doctor visits within the last three years. You also need to complete a list of all medications that you take regularly or occasionally.
The Prairie Garden Medical team completes the next section of your exam. They carefully review each aspect of your medical history, overall health, and medication use. You may need some tests based on your health situation.
If you have certain conditions — namely mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions — that could interfere with your ability to pilot an aircraft, your provider carefully reviews that condition and how you’re managing it.
Some conditions may typically disqualify you from flying, but if your condition is well-managed, you could qualify for a special issuance medical certificate from the FAA aviation medical examiner (AME).
After qualifying to fly under BasicMed, you need to renew your status every four years. Before the visit, you complete a checklist from the FAA. Then, Prairie Garden Medical reviews that checklist with you and performs a physical exam.
Schedule your FAA BasicMed exam by calling Prairie Garden Medical or clicking the provided online booking tool now.