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FAA Examinations – Recreational Pilots

Wednesday, November 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Adrienne J. Hersh, JD
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FAA Examinations – Recreational Pilots


May a D.C. certify that an applicant for a non-commercial pilot’s license is medically able to safely operate an airplane?  Does the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accept physical examination forms for non-commercial (recreational) pilots when the exams are performed by Illinois licensed chiropractic physicians?


Yes.  The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recently issued a new rule – the “BasicMed” rule -- that allows general aviation (non-commercial or “recreational”) pilots to present certification by an Illinois licensed physician, including a chiropractic physician, that the pilot is medically qualified to safely fly an airplane. (Commercial pilots are still required to undergo a physical examination with an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner, who can be only a medical or osteopathic physician). 


Under the new BasicMed rule, a non-commercial pilot may use a state-licensed physician, using the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist on the FAA form, found here:


In addition to a review of systems as detailed on the FAA form, the examining physician is required to, “Discuss all drugs the individual reports taking (prescription and nonprescription) and their potential to interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft or motor vehicle.”  The ICS believes that the limited discussion of prescription drugs required for the FAA exam is within chiropractic scope in Illinois, so long as the D.C. limits the discussion to the impact of the drug on a person’s ability to safely operate an airplane or motor vehicle, and makes no recommendations to examinees regarding taking or not taking their prescription medications.  It is not within chiropractic scope for D.C.s to opine as to whether an individual should take, continue taking, or stop taking a prescription medication.


For a more detailed discussion of FAA exams and, see the article on the ICS website at:


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