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I'm due for a medical this year, and my last one was before the BasicMed program existed.

I'm a VFR PPL, flying small planes with 6 people or less.

Is there a clear reason to use Basic Med or Class III Medical?

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I guess it depends on whether you intend to fly a larger aircraft at higher altitudes at faster speeds or one with a limited number of passengers at lower altitiudes and airspeeds. If the latter is going to be the only flying you do, then a basic medical will be a good choice. If you intende to undergo additional training and obtain additional certificates, ratings, or type ratings, I believe you will be required to hold at least a third class medical to do so.

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  • $\begingroup$ FWIW, you can take a checkride with BasicMed; see the updated wording in 61.23. That might or might not be important, as you said. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Mar 28 '18 at 1:37
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t know that for sure. It may well be that the FARs have recently been updated to include this. But the current 2018 FAR states that you need at least a third class Medical to apply for a certificate or a rating. I talked with the medical certification division in OKC and they thought one could apply for a certificate with a basic med but wasn’t totally sure. I’ll have to ask a DPE in the field to see if they’re cleared by OKC to accept a basic med from an applicant for a checkride. $\endgroup$ – Carlo Felicione Mar 28 '18 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure what source you mean by "the current 2018 FAR" but if you look at 61.23 on ecfr.gov the text in 61.23(a)(3) allows using BasicMed as an exception to a third-class medical for a checkride. I've answered your other question anyway, hopefully it's helpful. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Mar 28 '18 at 13:11

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