June 8th, 2013, 18:35
I sure hope OSH doesn't have 6-9 controllers, that would be a COMPLETE waste of tax dollars. There is zero commercial traffic there and not even that much GA traffic. Really the only thing at the airport nowadays is the aviation extension of Fox Valley Technical College and a couple manufacturers (Basler and I think there's another smaller company too). There's no reason besides Airventure to even have a control tower there. It absolutely baffles me that they spent the money to build a new tower.
It may not be a popular opinion but I think EAA should have to pay for it. They are the only reason the tower exists to begin with. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Airventure moved out from Wittman Field and closer to a larger metropolitan area like it was before.
I don't know if I am even going to go to Airventure this year. It is expensive and every year it gets less and less impressive. Fewer planes, more vendors (many not even aviation related), and overall staleness. I've been to it every year since I was like 6 or 7. Ever since 9/11 it just hasn't been the same.