AOPA Urges Canada, Bahamas & Mexico To Recognize “BasicMed”

Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017

The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) is urging Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico to recognize the new FAA medical certification rule “BasicMed,” which pilots certified in the United States began using, effective May 1.

The three countries are among the most popular destinations for general aviation pilots, “and we would like to see this continue and even grow,” said AOPA President Mark Baker in letters to the top transportation officials of Canada, the Bahamas, and Mexico. Travel to these three countries represents 86 percent of annual international flights by U.S. general aviation pilots. Not allowing such general aviation flights could drastically impact foreign travel to these countries.

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