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EAA: FAA bill for air traffic control holding them "hostage"

The control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh is seen, March 18, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
The control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh is seen, March 18, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The group that hosts an annual air show in Oshkosh says they're being "held hostage" by a $500,000 bill from the Federal Aviation Administration.

A spokesman for the Experimental Aircraft Association says the FAA demands the payment to cover air traffic control and staff at the annual AirVenture convention, held each summer.

EAA says the FAA now bills for staff because of sequestrations in April, but the EAA claims money to pay for staffing air shows across the country were exempt from those cuts.

EAA says a letter of support from 20,000 aviators across the country was signed by members of the U.S. Senate in the last 48 hours, including Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin.

While contesting the bill, EAA says they will provide air traffic control and security during the event and will work with the FAA for a solution.

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