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EAA to pay big fee for air traffic controllersSubmitted: 06/14/2013
Story By Associated Press

OSHKOSH - The Experimental Aircraft Association will pay the Federal Aviation Administration 450-thousand dollars... but they're not happy about it.

The money is for air traffic control services during the upcoming AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh.

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says his organization was held hostage.

It either had to pay the fee or cancel the popular air show.

Pelton says EAA agreed to pay the money because there was no other realistic choice to preserve aviation's largest annual gathering.

The FAA said it would bill for the cost of 87 air traffic controllers in order to meet mandatory federal budget cuts.

Pelton says AirVenture is a pawn in a larger political standoff.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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