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EAA wraps up AirVenture 2013 on Sunday

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The Experimental Aircraft Association wrapped up its annual AirVenture Show at Oshkosh Sunday.

EAA chairman Jack Pelton said his group achieved one of its biggest goals just by putting on the week-long flight festival. That’s after the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a surprise $447,000 in air traffic control fees due to the federal budget sequester.

The EAA paid the fee under protest so it wouldn’t have to cancel the show. A request for a refund is still pending in federal court.

Also, Pelton wanted a safe show, and he achieved that. Over a half-million people have attended the EAA Show in recent years – and we’ll find out soon how many attended this year.

It attracted a record number of exhibitors, with 821.