The FAA has provided air traffic control (ATC) services at the EAA convention since the 1960s. FAA Air Traffic personnel (including controllers, supervisors and managers) come from throughout the 17-state Central Terminal Service Area (CTSA) and are supplemented by additional management personnel with Sun ‘n Fun experience. Altogether, 50 towers from 19 states are represented.
Controllers are normally limited to volunteering for a total of seven years at the EAA convention, to allow others a chance to volunteer for this temporary duty assignment.
The controllers are divided into teams of four persons each:
- One “Veteran” controller serves as the team leader and another Veteran may work on the team as well. Each of these controllers will have three or more years of previous OSH experience.
- At least one member of the team will have one to two years of OSH experience. This controller is identified as the "Limited".
- The final member of each team will be new to OSH and is identified as a "Rookie".
These teams stay together throughout the convention as they rotate through the control towers at OSH and FLD, the Fisk VFR Approach Control and the mobile departure platforms, called MOOCOWs, which is short for MObile Operating and COmmunications Workstations.
Listed below are the FAA management personnel for AirVenture 2016, along with their home facilities:
Air Traffic Manager - OSH ATCT / FLD ATCT
Chuck Howard - Milwaukee (MKE)
Support Managers - OSH ATCT / FLD ATCT
Mary Olson - Minneapolis (MSP)
Jim Hovick - St. Louis (STL)
Operations Managers - OSH ATCT
Tim Fitzgerald - Chicago (ORD)
Boyd Martin - Houston (IAH)
Dan Ricks - Chicago (C90)
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