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Medical Certificate Renewal

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Hey guys!   Here I'm again, now I have a certain doubt about the renewal of my FAA medical certificate.   I got a 2nd class medical certificate in August, 2012. Now I should renew it again but since I am not flying in the US but in my country, Colombia, South America is still necessary to get a new one to keep my priviliges as a commercial pilot?   This regulations from both sides are killing me! Thanks in advance

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  1. Mark Kolber on Sep 07, 2013

    If all of your flying is based on your US commercial pilot certificate, you need to have the appropriate current medical in order to exercise it’s privileges. Basic 61.23.

    If all of your flying is not based on your US commercial pilot certificate and you are not exercising it’s privileges, you do not need a current medical.

    For example, if you also have a Colombian commercial certificate, meet all the requirements for exercising its privileges and there’s nothing about Colombian regs that require you to have a US commercial certificate or medical (questions I can’t answer), you can probably safely let your US medical lapse and get a new one when you need it.

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  2. Wes Beard on Sep 07, 2013

    If you are flying a US registered airplane solely in Colombia then you do not need a US medical certificate second class or greater.

    Once you take that US registered airplane outside Colombia, you are now using your US commercial license and are required to have a US second class medical.

    If you are not flying a US registered airplane, no need to worry about the medical.

    These are the US regs…. I don’t know what Colombia’s regs are.

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  3. Sebast94 on Sep 07, 2013

    I’m gonna put this way so maybe you can help me even better.

    On my validation of my US license in Colombia, Colombia entity says my priviliges as commercial pilot in Colombia are based on the US license. Therefore I would need to renew my medical as far as I understand.

    I just want to make sure because in my country is way expensive the FAA medical certificate

    Kind regards!
    Sebastian

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  4. Wes Beard on Sep 07, 2013

    In your case, yes you need to renew your medical certificate. The above statements are for pilot who have two certificates not based on the other.

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  5. Sebast94 on Sep 07, 2013

    Alright guys! Thank you so much!
    Appreciate your help

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