EAA Agrees To Pay For AirVenture Controllers

Monday, March 24, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

By AVweb Staff

After months of negotiations and a legal challenge in the courts, EAA said this week it has agreed to pay the FAA's expenses to send controllers to AirVenture through 2022. "This ends the uncertainty that began with the FAA's sudden assessment of ATC fees for the 2013 event and the potential that air traffic support might not be provided this year or in the future unless such fees were paid," EAA said in a statement on Friday.

After EAA was forced to sign a one-year ATC agreement under protest in 2013, the organization filed a petition with the U.S. Seventh District Court of Appeals, arguing that the FAA has no legal right to charge for ATC services without clear Congressional authorization. That challenge has now been dismissed by the court and can't be filed again, EAA said.

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