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Air traffic controller deal reached between EAA, FAA

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The air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, June 4, 2013. (Photo from: FOX 11).
The air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, June 4, 2013. (Photo from: FOX 11).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A deal has been reached over the costs related to staffing air traffic controllers at EAA AirVenture.

The Federal Aviation Administration and EAA offiicals announced an agreement Friday that will keep control towers staffed through 2022.

The EAA got a $500,000 bill from the FAA to pay for dozens of air traffic controllers last year, due to federal sequestration cuts.

According to EAA, the deal calls for the FAA to provide air traffic control and other services, with EAA paying travel, lodging, and overtime costs.

AirVenture organizers are breathing a sigh of relief.

“Our ultimate goal was to bring certainty and stability for AirVenture, for EAA and our fellow members,” EAA’s Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton said in a news release.

EAA's AirVenture 2014 takes place July 28 through August 3 in Oshkosh.

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