BasicMed
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My 3rd class certificate (special issuance) will expire 08/2020.  I submitted my application in MedXpress and went to my AME with all of the documentation requested by the FAA for a certificate renewal.  My AME told me  he had to defer my application to the FAA.  I decided to go with BasicMed and completed all of the requirements for BasicMed.  When I notified my AME that I had gone to BasicMed and would he withdraw my applicationto the FAA.  His response is "Your existing medical will expire 8/30/20.  Your new application of 7/16/20 will either go to a a new special issuance if you respond with the requested documentation which will be coming in a letter from FAA, or a denial if you do not respond.  We have forwarded all documentation you have provided to us to FAA on 7/19/20 after we were advised to defer your application.  In short, yes you will get a denial if you stop at this point which will make it illegal for you to fly under basicmed."

I'm ignorant of this subject, but my current medical certificate has not been revoked, denied or suspended, but I can't fly under BasicMed?  Please enlighten me.

Thanks,
Steve
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AOPA Staff Answer
Your AME is correct. Your application is already with the FAA with your documentation so you're already in the workflow. Unfortunately there's no way to withdraw your application. If FAA needs additional information then they'll mail you a letter requesting the information. If you do not comply with the request letter then the FAA will deny your application for a failure to provide and then your BasicMed will no longer be valid.
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Ronald Levy:
Yes, as long as:
  1. You can do the flying you want within the Basic Med limits:
    1. 6000 lb MGW
    2. 6 seats
    3. 5 passengers
    4. 250 KIAS
    5. 17,999 MSL
    6. No international (except Bahamas)
  2. Your SI condition is either not one of the following or was previously SI'd.
    1. Mental health disorder
    2. Neurological disorder
    3. Cardiovascular condition


Unless there's been a change since this article was written, Mexico is also accepting BasicMed:

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2019/october/14/mexico-welcomes-pilots-flying-under-basicmed

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Update -  After 45 days I finally received my renewed Class 3 certificate (SI).  I won't be submitting an application next year for a renewal as I'll use my Basic Med, unless something changes medically.
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1037 Posts
Yes, as long as:
  1. You can do the flying you want within the Basic Med limits:
    1. 6000 lb MGW
    2. 6 seats
    3. 5 passengers
    4. 250 KIAS
    5. 17,999 MSL
    6. No international (except Bahamas)
  2. Your SI condition is either not one of the following or was previously SI'd.
    1. Mental health disorder
    2. Neurological disorder
    3. Cardiovascular condition
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Thanks for the information.  I am currently about to submit my application for a class 3 medical renewal that is due January 2020.  I need to apply for a special issuance and have talked with an AME.  I will be submitting test results and evaluations in September.  Can I just go for a BasicMed and not pursue a special issuance?

Thanks, 

Lee
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Thanks for the feedback.  I'll know next year not submit an application for a medical certificate.

Steve