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Control tower at Wittman Regional Airport closing due to cuts


OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are closing the control tower at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport.

The FAA says it's shutting down 149 towers nationwide due to federal sequestration cuts. An additional 29 towers that had been considered for closure will remain open.

The plans call for closing the towers over a four-week period beginning April 7.

The FAA needs to trim $637 million from its budget by September.

Jeff Wanke, the president of Orion Flight Services, told FOX 11 earlier this week that losing the tower will not mean the end of business, but the airport is safer with a functioning control tower. Orion Flight Services is located on the Wittman Regional grounds.

The closure is not expected to affect EAA's annual AirVenture fly-in. An EAA spokesperson has told FOX 11 that during AirVenture, the FAA is expected to take over operation of the tower.

Eight Wisconsin airports are scheduled to have their towers shut down. Wittman is the only airport in Northeast Wisconsin that is affected.