The FAA’s new BasicMed rule that allows qualified pilots to act as pilot in command without a third class medical certificate was the topic of a presentation by AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins at Connecticut’s Groton-New London Airport as AOPA worked to brief pilots on the program ahead of its May 1 inception date.
Collins traveled in a GA aircraft with Erik Vroom of Maine Coastal Flight on an IFR trip to Groton, where the presentation was a part of a “Spring Into A Piper” event hosted by Columbia Aircraft Sales on April 22.
“It was great to be together with members who turned out ahead of New England’s primary flying season,” Collins said. “Events like these are a great opportunity to talk shop with fellow pilots and educate members about BasicMed, which went into effect May 1. Columbia Air Services and Groton Airport, where AOPA will hold one of its four 2017 fly-ins on Oct. 6 and 7, graciously hosted the spring kickoff event.”
Other guest presenters included Bill Inglis of Legacy Flight Training of Vero Beach, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona; and Daniel Cheung, CPA of Aviation Tax Consultants.
Collins urged members to explore AOPA’s online Fit to Fly resources for determining eligibility for BasicMed and learning how to return to flying as a BasicMed-qualified pilot.