The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule (PDF) that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation.
“The United States has the world’s most robust general aviation community, and we’re committed to continuing to make it safer and more efficient to become a private pilot,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The BasicMed rule will keep our pilots safe but will simplify our regulations and keep general aviation flying affordable.”
Until now, the FAA has required private, recreational, and student pilots, as well as flight instructors, to meet the requirements of and hold a third class medical certificate. They are required to complete an online application and undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner. A medical certificate is valid for five years for pilots under age 40 and two years for pilots age 40 and over.
Beginning on May 1, pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds. A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:
- possess a valid driver’s license;
- have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006;
- have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;
- have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;
- have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;
- have completed a comprehensive medical examination with a physician within the past 48 months;
- be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions;
- have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable;
- consent to a National Driver Register check;
- fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States; and
- not fly for compensation or hire.
The July 15, 2016 FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 directed the FAA to issue or revise regulations by January 10, 2017, to ensure that an individual may operate as pilot in command of a certain aircraft without having to undergo the medical certification process under Part 67 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, if the pilot and aircraft meet certain prescribed conditions outlined in the Act.
The FAA and the general aviation community have a strong track record of collaboration. The agency is working with nonprofit organizations and the not-for-profit general aviation stakeholder groups to develop online medical courses that meet the requirements of the Act.
You’re Cordially Invited to Invitation Only Event
Please join us for a wine-tasting event Saturday April 2 from 1:00 to 4:00, this is co-sponsored by the
CAA and a local winery “Aurora Cellars” who will be premiering their new “winged” logo and
Aviation-themed labels. There will be a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of the tower to our
neighbors who are guests of the winery as well as local dignitaries. There will be no charge for club
members with free tastes of wine & hors d'oeuvres with wine also available for sale. Please bring a
copy of this invitation for registration at the door. 14323 Stenbock Rd., NE, Aurora, OR 97002
RSVP By March 25th to John@AuroraCellar.com or any questions to Bruce@AuroraAviation.com
Join us as we celebrate fall and the oldest fast food!
We have special finger sized or Nuremberger Brats, roasted chickens, and Hofbrau Beer! We have special music by Club member Casey Rucker on the accordion! We also have the best group of folks to talk over the beautiful flying weather we have been having.
The oldest restaurant in Regensburg, and the "best bratwurst in the world"
Originally the historical Wurstkuchl was a small building attached to the city wall which during the construction of the Old Stone Bridge between 1135 and 1146 was used as a building office. Once the bridge was finished – in those days celebrated as the eighth wonder of the world – the office was closed and the small building became the "Garküche auf dem Kranchen", a kitchen providing slow-simmered meals for crane workers. The kitchen´s customers were dockers and builders hence the name "Kranchen" a former word for crane. There were plenty of dockers in those days as the wealthy tra-ding patricians of the free city of Regensburg used the port intensively for centuries as place of trans-shipment for goods from all over the world. The hungry workers however mainly came from the building site of the Regensburg cathedral. [READ MORE]
Bratwursthäusle bei St. Sebald
Since 1313, the original Nuremberg sausages are grilled on beechwood fire in the shadow of St. Sebald. From their website:
In the historical tradition Bratwursthäusle has its own butcher's shop in the house, in our specialty is freshly prepared each day.
We use only regional products from our long-standing supplier to meet our high demands on the quality requirements. Therefore finished products are taboo for us.
On our 2 terraces you can enjoy in historic surroundings overlooking the Sebalduskirche, City Hall and the main market Original Nuremberg sausages and a freshly tapped beer Tucher.
In the restaurant the sausages are cooked on an open beechwood. As Albrecht Dürer get the delicacies served on pewter plates and always freshly grilled.
No gas or charcoal fire, but at least 3 years seasoned beech logs give our sausages that little bit extra, which are grilled lovingly hand.
Reproduced with permission of the author.
Depicted above: “Memento of the Lock Haven, Pennsylvania Stop-Over, CUB HAVEN Airport, May 26-27, 1949
Courtesy of the City of Lock Haven and Piper Aircraft Corporation.”
Details the week-long journey of a squadron of almost sixty private aircraft accompanied by a United States Air Force C-47 as they make a trip from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. This tour was boasted to be one of the most ambitious trips of its kind to ever be attempted, the first ever to go from Astoria to the Atlantic and back.
Read the full article here: Hands Across The Nation