FAA Orders EAA AirVenture to Pay Thousands in Fees
NBC26 News Team
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OSHKOSH - Federal aviation officials are demanding half a million dollars and a contract from the EAA to support air traffic control expenses during next moth's AirVenture.
EAA leaders say there will be an AirVenture this year, even if they are ordered to pay the fee. The FAA issued a statement saying the fees are necessary due to sequester cuts.
"We were led to believe everything would be covered underneath that, so to have to go to Washington and ask the FAA directly, 'Are you going to charge us for this?' and be told yes was quite a surprise to all of us," said EAA Spokesperson Dick Knapinski.
U.S. senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson are circulating a letter to the FAA calling the fees "completely unacceptable". They're asking the FAA to respond by Friday.