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EAA to pay $450K in FAA fees

Officials will protest decision

10:49 PM, Jun. 17, 2013
Air traffic controllers and volunteers work the air traffic control tower during Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh.
Air traffic controllers and volunteers work the air traffic control tower during Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2012 in Oshkosh.
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The Experimental Aircraft Association has reluctantly agreed to pay nearly $450,000 to the Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control services during the upcoming AirVenture fly-in.

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said in a statement the FAA held his organization hostage because failing to pay the fees would have meant canceling the massive air show, which begins on July 29.

"As far as we're concerned, this isn't over. We entered this agreement only because there was no other realistic choice to preserve aviation's largest annual gathering," Pelton wrote, adding that he looks ...

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