Under the reforms, pilots who have held a valid medical certificate any time in the decade prior to July 15, 2016, may not need to take another FAA medical exam.
After meeting the initial requirements to fly under the reforms, pilots will need to visit any state-licensed physician at least once every four years and take the free aeromedical factors online course every two years. The course will be available for free on AOPA’s website.
Pilots aren’t off the hook for at least a basic medical evaluation, but I think this is an easier path forward for many. It also keeps your care in the hands of your usual physician, something I’m looking forward to.
I’m guessing most pilots never thought the day would come, myself included. This is a big deal.