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AOPA Requests Canada Accept BasicMed

October 27, 2022

AOPA Requests Canada Accept BasicMed

In a letter sent to Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen and Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker and James Ferrier, interim president and CEO of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), requested that pilots from the United States be able to enter Canadian airspace while flying under BasicMed privileges.

Baker and Ferrier noted that more than 75,000 pilots in the United States have qualified to fly under BasicMed in its 5 years of existence, and a 2021 FAA study did not detect a statistically significant difference in aviation safety outcomes, such as accident rates, between BasicMed pilots and pilots holding third-class medical certificates. The letter also stated that Mexico, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic have welcomed U.S. pilots flying under BasicMed privileges for several years. Additionally, the letter cited the positive economic impact of allowing pilots under BasicMed to fly into Canada. A similar letter was sent in 2021 by AOPA and COPA to the minister of transport, urging Canada to join the rest of the North American continent in allowing BasicMed operations. That request was seemingly delayed due to the emphasis on addressing COVID-related issues.
   —Please see https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/allnews/2022/october/14/aopa-copa-call-for-canadian-basicmed-acceptance for more on this.