FAA Issues New “BasicMed” Rule for GA Pilots

The FAA this week issued a final rule (BasicMed) that allows GA pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate, as long as they meet certain requirements.

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.

Starting 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. See the FAA’s BasicMed web page and AC 68-1 for more information.

How to Get Your ADS-B Rebate

Aircraft owners – Are you interested in the FAA’s ADS-B rebate? If your aircraft is eligible (U.S. registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft), you must then complete the following steps:

  • Decide: Purchase TSO-certified avionics and schedule the installation on your eligible aircraft.
  • Reserve: Before installation, use the FAA’s ADS-B Rebate website to submit a rebate reservation for your eligible aircraft. You will receive a Rebate Reservation Code.
  • Install: TSO-certified ADS-B avionics are installed on your eligible aircraft (step 2 must have been completed).
  • Fly & Validate: You must fly your aircraft in “rule airspace” (e.g., Class B or C, Class E above 10,000 feet) as defined in 14 CFR 91.225 for a minimum of 30 minutes, with at least 10 aggregate minutes of maneuvering, within 60 days of the installation date in Step 3. One hour or more after your flight, you must validate the performance of your eligible aircraft’s ADS-B installation by requesting a Public Performance Report, available on the FAA’s ADS-B Rebate website. After a successful validation, you will receive an Incentive Code.
  • Claim: Visit the ADS-B Rebate website and submit your Rebate Reservation Code from Step 2, and your Incentive Code from Step 4, within 60 days of the scheduled installation date to claim your rebate.

August newsletter items

The newsletter is being re-formatted a bit, and the August issue is coming this week. Scott has added a “wants and disposal” section so if any chapter members are looking for something or want to get rid of something and want it posted in the newsletter, please pass along a brief description of the item. Include your name and phone/email information and it will be posted. It needs to be sent by tonight to be included this month.

If anyone has any short updates or news items that they might think interesting to pass along, mail Scott.

Lincoln Airfest donation

We have been asked to donate to the Lincoln Airfest.

If there are 1541 members that would like to specifically donate to the Airfest from EAA1541, please give your donation to EAA 1541 on behalf of Airfest by writing “Donation to Airfest” in the memo section of your check. Jim Hughes (club Treasurer) will act as a conduit to provide those funds to the Airfest. An EAA charitable receipt for your donation can be provided.

We intend to total donations up and pass them over to the Airfest committee after the May membership meeting.

2016 membership dues

We’ve had a couple of folks ask how to pay their 2016 dues or gold membership. You can pay your dues 3 ways;

  1. At any 1541 meeting…see the treasurer, Jim Hughes
  2. Mail a check to:
    Lincoln EAA1541
    PO Box 1126
    Lincoln, CA 95648
  3. Via Paypal:
    Use “Send money to friends and family” to lincolneaa@hotmail.com
    or use our Paypal link.

So, the 40 or so of our member that have not yet paid their 2016 dues….please do soon!

Beale Aero Club are looking for a new manager

The Beale Aero Club Manager position has been posted on NAFJOBS.org. The club manager will continue over the next few months to help the new manager if needed.

The position is about 20-25 hours a week and would be excellent for a retiree or someone not looking to work full time. The major thing is the ability to be able to separate the desire to fly from running the business. This position is a manager… budgets, scheduling, and working with others.

If you are interested or know someone that is, please apply online.

Glass panel aircraft precautions

This article is a ‘must-read’ for all of pilots, but especially important for those flying complex, glass panel aircraft, for example the Cirrus SR22 and Cessna 400 have multiple batteries and 2, or more alternators. It is critical to safe flight to know how to check both alternators and be sure that both batteries are fully charged before heading off in an IFR flight…..