Software Helps Pilots Navigate BasicMed Requirements

Some pilots say they find the new rules confusing.

Pilot Partner offers aviators an easy way to photograph their documents and attach them to their PP eLogbook.Pilot Partner

The newest update to Pilot Partner, the electronic pilot logbook, supports the FAA's 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medical requirements with its FAA Medical Wizard questionnaire offering visual currency indicators, alerts, relevant checklists and document storage.

New regulations for BasicMed medical qualification, meanwhile, require pilots to keep their Aeromedical Course Certification and Medical Exam Checklist attached to their logbook. Pilot Partner answers this need by offering aviators an easy way to photograph their documents and attach them to their PP eLogbook.

“BasicMed is complicated and time consuming for a busy pilot to keep track of. I was relieved to find Pilot Partner keeps track of the dates, and alerts me when the next currency action is due,” said John Culp, a private pilot and PP customer. Culp recently began flying using the BasicMed qualification.

Not everyone finds the BasicMed requirement easy to understand, one more reason PP created the newest update. "I read about the other things that I had to do to fly under BasicMed and I had the overwhelming feeling that if I were doing this for real I would just go get an FAA medical because that would be less trouble," said Richard Collins in Air Facts Journal.

In his On Course column in the July issue of Flying, Editor-in-Chief Stephen Pope recounts his BasicMed experience, writing that the qualification process from start to finish was quick, inexpensive and hassle-free.