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UPDATE: Budget funds air traffic controllers at Wittman Airport, not EAA's AirVenture

Plane shown during EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh. (Photo by: Spartan7W/Creative Commons).
Plane shown during EAA's AirVenture in Oshkosh. (Photo by: Spartan7W/Creative Commons).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The new federal budget restores funding for air traffic controllers at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh -- but not for the EAA's annual AirVenture show.  

The Wheeler News Service incorrectly reported Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration restored $447,000 that was part of last year's automatic sequester spending cuts.  

The EAA's Dick Knapinski said late Tuesday that the cut remains in effect -- although Wittman Airport did get back funding for its tower operations for the rest of the fiscal year.  

The government normally provides separate controllers for the AirVenture show, to handle the 10,000 planes that fly in and out of Oshkosh that week.  

Last year, the EAA paid the cost under protest, and went to court to challenge it. Knapinski said a federal appeals court has yet to decide the case -- and for now, the government's fee for controllers remains in place for this year's show, to be held July 28th through August 4th.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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