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EAA continues to battle air traffic control fees for Airventure


OSHKOSH, Wis. (WSAU) - Officials from the Experimental Aircraft Association are continuing to battle against a FAA imposed fee for this year's Airventure.

The show starts tomorrow, and the EAA is being ordered to pay $447,000 in special air traffic control fees. That comes to about $45 dollars per plane that's expected to be at the event.

EAA board chairman Jack Pelton says that fee is already being paid through taxes on aviation fuel, and that a fee like that will mean less money being donated to the EAA's charitable funding for the year. The group is suing to have the fee set aside.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the fees are in place thanks to budget cuts in the sequester.

Around 10,000 planes will be making landings this year at Airventure.