EAA strikes deal with FAA over AirVenture controllers

The Experimental Aircraft Association and the FAA have signed two agreements — a Settlement Agreement and a nine-year Reimbursable Agreement — that provide EAA with assurance of air traffic control services on a consistent basis through 2022 for the AirVenture Oshkosh convention.

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 those fees were paid, according to EAA officials.

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AOPA chief: User fee proposal may never go away

The White House’s latest budget includes the addition of a $100 per flight user fee on general aviation, a measure that Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association CEO Mark Baker thinks will fail to win congressional approval. Still, it’s likely the industry will face the same issue again, Baker told the Wichita Aero Club this week. “I don’t know this will ever go away,” he said. Read a full report in The Wichita Eagle here.