Pilot Information CenterPilot Information Center

As the foremost technical resource available to the general aviation community, the Pilot Information Center strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and technical expertise. Our skilled group of pilots, medical specialists, and flight instructors has over 70,000 hours of collective flight experience and plays a pivotal role in AOPA’s mission and objectives. During the course of a given year, our specialists respond to over 200,000 member questions and thousands of e-mails and letters.

The AOPA Pilot Information Center puts some of GA's most experienced pilots as close as your phone or email. Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time or email

Aviation and medical certification specialists are available to answer questions on a myriad of aviation topics, including:

International flights

  • Flight planning guidance for Canada, Bahamas, and Mexico, as well as Alaska
  • Survival equipment recommendations and requirements
  • U.S. border crossing procedures (Customs/

Medical certification

  • The airman medical certification process
  • Allowed and disallowed medical conditions
  • Medical application guidance
  • Locations of medical examiners

Pilot and aviation-related topics

  • Airports issues, airspace
  • Legislative updates
  • Regulations interpretations
  • FAA enforcement actions
  • Flight training, CFI questions

Aircraft ownership

  • Buying and selling advice
  • Evaluations of specific aircraft
  • Flying clubs, co-ownership
  • Maintenance

Meet the PIC Staff

Mike FilucciMike Filucci, Vice President, Pilot Information Center and Flight Operations, is responsible for the Pilot Information Center which is comprised of medical certification assistance, pilot services, and digital product support. Responsibilities include assuring the quality of member support via the 800 Pilot Hotline and e-mail. Mike’s department is also responsible for producing much of the technical information content on the AOPA Web site. On the Flight Ops side of the house, the aircraft management team handles the scheduling/dispatch functions, pilot training, and tracks and maintains the AOPA fleet. The team also provides support to the AOPA Foundation for the acquisition and sale of donated aircraft. Prior to joining AOPA, Mike flew with American Airlines for 28 years. He also had a military career with the US Air Force/Maryland Air National Guard, based at Martin State Airport. Mike has been active in the general aviation community, including the GA warbird community, for many years.

Ferdi MackFerdi Mack, Senior Manager, Pilot Information Center, joined the Pilot Information Center team in 2011. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ferdi spent seven years in Silicon Valley as a hardware developer for companies such as Silicon Graphics and NVIDIA, before moving home to Frederick to pursue aviation. He spent his childhood flying with his parents, who are both private pilots. Ferdi holds a commercial ASEL/AMEL as well as flight and ground instructor certificates. He is a native of Frederick and has been involved at the airport since an early age, including most recently as a flight instructor.

Tom ZechaTom Zecha, Manager, Pilot Information Center, joined the Pilot Information Center team in 2005. He holds a B.S. degree in geography specializing in cartography from Frostburg State University.  Tom continues as a very active pilot and flight instructor who has logged over 7,000 hours total time and given more than 2,500 hours of flight instruction.  He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and holds flight instructor and advanced ground instructor certificates. Tom returned to the Pilot Information Center after spending five years working aviation security issues with our Government Affairs department.  He is also responsible for the safety standards and operations during all of our regional fly-in events.

Kathy DondzilaKathy Dondzila, Manager, Technical Communications, joined AOPA in 1990 and the Pilot Information Center team in 2001. She has worked in various capacities within the association, including the Air Safety Institute, Seaplane Pilots Association, and AOPA's Marketing Department. Kathy's background is in publications and much of her work involves writing about aviation topics for AOPA's web site. Kathy is an instrument-rated private pilot and holds an instrument and advanced ground instructor certificate. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Craig BrownCraig Brown, Senior Aviation Technical Specialist, joined the Pilot Information Center in August 1997. Craig holds A&P, ATP, and CFI certificates. In his 25 years of aviation experience, he has turned wrenches, flight instructed, flown traffic watch and charter, flown internationally, and has both fixed and rotor wing experience in 97 aircraft types. He has logged over 9,700 hours of flight time and over 100,000 member requests for assistance and information since starting at AOPA. Craig lives with his wife and children near historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Patrick TimmermanPatrick Timmerman, Senior Aviation Technical Specialist, joined the Pilot Information Center in 2009. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Western Carolina University. He is also a CFI and CFII and has given over 1300 hours of instruction and has over 2200 hours total time. Patrick has taught at several flight schools in southeastern Virginia and the beautiful Northern Mariana Islands. While out in the western Pacific he also flew Part 135 on-demand charter. Patrick and his wife Maria have two sons, Joshua and Matthew.

Rodney MartzRodney Martz, Senior Aviation Technical Specialist, came to AOPA in 1990 from the finance and banking industry. He is a 2,000-hour private pilot who started in aviation as a lineman during college summers back in 1969. Rodney has a diverse background including real estate, FBO operations, maintenance, finance, and corporate operations. He currently owns a D35 Bonanza and a Cessna 140, both of which are getting “long-term” annuals!

Mark MilkovitzMark Milkovitz, Aviation Technical Specialist, joined the Pilot Information Center in 2011. Mark has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Flight Training from the Community College of Baltimore County and is working towards his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle University. Mark has eight years of experience as a flight instructor, as well as 13 years as an aircraft mechanic working on large transport aircraft, such as Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767 and the Lockheed C-141. He currently holds a Single and Multi-engine Commercial License as well as CFI and IGI certificates.

Sarah StaudtSarah Staudt, Aviation Technical Specialist, started flying when she was 18 in a late 1960s Cherokee at an airport near her parent’s home in Ohio. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautics with majors in Commercial Aviation and Flight Education. Her certifications include Commercial Pilot, CFI, and CFII. She has been flight instructing since 2008 in Part 141 and Part 61 schools and has been an instructor and check pilot for the Civil Air Patrol since 2010. Through all of her flying, she says her favorite “flight” was a paragliding ride in the French Alps! Her husband is also a private pilot and they enjoy outdoor activities, especially camping and visiting National Parks.

Paul FeldmeyerPaul Feldmeyer, Aviation Technical Specialist, joined the Pilot Information Center in 2013. Paul has a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a 2,300 hour Commercial pilot holding a Gold Seal CFI with CFII and MEI ratings. Before coming to AOPA Paul was a Flight Instructor and Check Airman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He has also spent some time flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles domestically and overseas. A native of Western Maryland, Paul now lives in Frederick with his wife.

TR ProvenTR Proven, Aviation Technical Specialist, joined the Pilot Information Center in 2015 after retiring from government service as an accident investigator and Naval Aviator.  TR holds two Master’s degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds numerous type ratings and was an FAA Check Airman in transport aircraft.  He has instructed in the military, airline, and civilian sectors and is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. He is an A&P and IA. He lives in Virginia with his wife; all of his children are adults.

Eddie TyeryarEddie Tyeryar, Digital Products Support Specialist, came to AOPA in 2000 to provide Local Area Network and Telecommunications support for the entire association, and then made the move to the Pilot Information Center in 2007. Eddie has a strong understanding of software support and web technology troubleshooting, but admits that it's "getting under the hood" and tinkering with hardware that he really enjoys. Eddie provides valuable assistance to members on the full range of AOPA's digital products.

Ty ChaudhryTy Chaudhry, Digital Products Support Specialist joined AOPA in 2013. Ty has a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation from the University of Western Sydney. He was raised in Canada and soloed before he could drive a car. A 2200-hour commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings, Ty has flown a variety of aircraft from Beech Bonanzas and Barons to Caravans, DHC 6, and DHC8 Q400. He has a passion for aviation, enjoys working with computers and helping people, and brings that experience to provide digital product support to AOPA members.

Gary CrumpGary Crump, Director, Medical Certification Services, has been with AOPA since 1987.  A native Texan from the Panhandle city of Amarillo, he was an Operating Room Technician for 10 years and a professional firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for six years before returning to school to complete his bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. He has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with FAA medical certification issues, and stays in contact with all the key players in the FAA aeromedical community. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multiengine, and single-engine sea ratings. He and his wife, Lisa, live under the shadow of P40, the prohibited airspace surrounding the Naval Support Facility known as Camp David in the northern Maryland town of Thurmont.

Joann WilsonJo Ann Wilson, Senior Medical Certification Technician, joined the Medical Certification department in 1994. She attended the Frederick Community College School of Nursing and has worked in numerous fields of nursing, including hospital medical surgical care, and the emergency room department. She was an Activity Director at several local nursing and retirement homes and one of the founding members of the Frederick County Elder Services Provider Council. In her spare time, Jo Ann is active in her local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Jo Ann, her husband, Jim, reside near Libertytown, Maryland. They have two grown children, Amanda and Anthony, who with his wife, Jacki, have three grandchildren, Anna, Lucy, and Max.

Jacquie BrownJacquie Brown, Senior Medical Certification Technician, joined the Medical Certification group in October 2004. She has a diverse medical and customer service background, which includes Frederick Memorial Hospital, American Homepatient, Baltimore Headache Institute, and York Health Systems. She is married and the mother of two and resides in southern Pennsylvania.

Marianne Hays, Medical Certification Specialist, joined the Medical Certification department in June 2007. She graduated from the Medix School in Baltimore, Maryland and has worked for more than 15 years in the medical field. Her medical office experience includes internal medicine, ophthalmology, and medical laboratories. Her husband has been a pilot for over 40 years. She enjoys flying with him and combining her aviation knowledge with her medical background to assist fellow aviators. Marianne resides in Frederick with her husband, Bill, and two sons. They spend many weekend hours flying from Frederick Airport to area airports, and she hopes to further her aviation experience by pursuing her pilot certificate in the future.

Jeena TylerJeena Tyler, Medical Certification Specialist joined the Medical Certification department in July 2016. She has extensive customer service experience. While on active duty in the USAF, she adored her job as an Air Traffic Controller. Her medical background stems from working as a 911 operator, managing the IV Infusion Center at Meritus Medical Center, as well as 11 years managing a doctor's office.She is the proud mother of two sons and grandmother to one granddaughter. She and her husband reside in Shepherdstown, WV with their youngest son, two dogs, two cats, and three chickens in their recently restored historic home built in 1790.