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EAA vs. FAA over controller costs


OSHKOSH (WKOW) -- The Experimental Aircraft Association is asking an appeals court to order the Federal Aviation Administration to give back money paid for air traffic control services during its annual convention. 

In May, the FAA told EAA officials it would cost $447,000 to send 87 air traffic controllers and supervisors to Oshkosh for AirVenture.

The EAA says the fee wasn't authorized by congress and it doesn't match the FAA's safe and efficient air traffic system mission of going where the airplanes are.

"If this happens at a commercial airport they schedule more people they don't add to the airline ticket tax or charge the airport more so FAA should go where the airplanes are and in late July the airplanes are in Oshkosh," said EAA senior communications director Dick Knapinski.

The Oshkosh airport is traditionally becomes the busiest in the world during the airshow.

The EAA already paid half the amount, with the rest to be paid after the event.

EAA is asking the appeals court to reverse the FAA's decision to demand the payment and return the money already paid.

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