Congressman questions FAA authority to impose fees on AirVenture

In an editorial in the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) says the FAA’s demand that the Experimental Aircraft Association pay $500,000 to cover some of the costs of air traffic controllers at the show is “nothing less than another attempt to impose user fees on general aviation — something Congress has rejected numerous times. I question the authority the FAA has to impose these fees.”

He also notes that pilots flying to and from Oshkosh will “dramatically enhance the coffers of the (Aviation) Trust Fund by hundreds of thousands of dollars — revenues that would otherwise not be there if not for AirVenture. The FAA should consider these revenues in its decision as opposed to just the costs.” Read the full editorial here.

EAA asked to cover some costs for AirVenture controllers

Even after the Congress enacted legislation that enabled the FAA to fully fund air traffic services, the agency is asking the Experimental Aircraft Association to cover some of the costs for its AirVenture operations, including air traffic controllers’ travel, per diems, and overtime, which had traditionally been covered by the FAA.

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New start for AirVenture Cup Race

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, plus several new aircraft classes that will allow even more pilots to participate in this competition prior to the EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Jetman to be at AirVenture

Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the world’s first jet-powered man, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 29-Aug. 4.

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Disney’s Planes to air at AirVenture

The summer release of “Disney’s Planes,” the animated comedy adventure from above the world of the popular 2006 film “Cars,” has the entire aviation community buzzing. Those attending AirVenture this year will have the opportunity to experience a Special Preview Screening at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, Aug. 2, one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide.

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Expanded WomenVenture planned for AirVenture

WomenVenture, Women in Aviation, International’s collaborative program with the Experimental Aircraft Association,  is now in its sixth year and will be expanded during this year’s EAA AirVenture with a group lunch.

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Teacher’s Day set for AirVenture

BuildAPlane, a non-profit aviation education organization in cooperation with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association, will sponsor Teachers’ Day at AirVenture again this year in Oshkosh.

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Oshkosh welcomes return of Lt. Dan Band

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to EAA AirVenture in 2013 as the grand finale of a daylong salute to veterans at Oshkosh, Wis., on Friday, Aug. 2. Performing for the fourth time at EAA AirVenture since 2008, the popular band will be hosted at by the Disabled American Veterans and the EAA Warbirds of America at the Philips 66 Plaza stage.

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AirVenture Cup Race returns for 16th year

The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will continue racing in 2013 with the full support and involvement of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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Second night air show added at AirVenture

A second night air show will be added to the line up at this summer’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Night air shows will be held Wednesday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 3.

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