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EAA Files Federal Court Petition Over Traffic Controller Charges

NBC26 Staff

Small planes line up on opening day or the EAA Airventure 2012 Photo: Image by EAA

EAA Files Federal Court Petition Over Traffic Controller Charges

CREATED Jul. 3, 2013

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Leaders with the Experimental Aircraft Association have filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago asking the court to review and provide relief from payments demanded by the FAA to provide air traffic controllers for this year's AirVenture event.

"This affects AirVenture and numerous other aviation events throughout the nation in an unauthorized and unjustified manner," EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton explained. "That is why we are seeking review, relief, and clarification from the court."

In its petition, EAA asks the court to stop the FAA from augmenting its congressionally approved appropriation through unilaterally imposed fees on aviation events such as AirVenture. EAA maintains the fees were imposed without standard notice and comment procedure from the FAA, making it procedurally improper and unlawful.

As part of the petition, EAA is asking the court to reverse the FAA's decision to seek these payments, as well as the return of fees already paid and other costs incurred.