BasicMed exam for Flight Instructors, Student, Recreational and Private Pilots. The new BasicMed program allows most "General Aviation" pilots to obtain a BasicMed exam in lieu of obtaining a 3rd Class Airman Medical Certificate performed by an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. More than 46,000 pilots are flying under BasicMed. You can join them. If you held a regular or special-issuance medical anytime on or after July 15, 2006, you are likely eligible to fly under BasicMed.