OSHKOSH - The waiting game continues for Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The facility could lose its traffic control tower as part of a series of federal budget cuts.
And a decision for its tower, as well as for more than 200 others nationwide, was supposed to come Monday. But the decision has been pushed back.
The roughly four million dollar air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh opened in 2008. But its days in operation could be numbered.
The airport is on a list of air traffic control towers around the country that could close.
Jeff: "It will have a negative impact over time," said Jeff Wanke, President of Orion Flight Services in Oshkosh.
For businesses like Orion Flight Services on the airport grounds, losing the tower won't mean the end of business. But Wanke says the tower and air traffic controllers play an important role.
"Not having the tower is not going to make the airport unsafe, but the airport will be safer with the control tower doing the services that it offers."
It's days when weather conditions are less than ideal that pilots say having a second set of eyes in the tower can make all the difference, both in the air and on the ground.
"On certain days like today when the weather is not so good, they may choose to go to a tower airport as opposed to a non-tower airport because there is a sense of confidence that there are certain services there."
The potential cuts are part of the sequestration which took effect earlier this month. The FAA needs to trim $637 million by September. Wanke and other businesses say the cuts will mean pilots will have to be extra aware.
"We are ultimately responsible for avoiding other aircraft."
A job that could permanently fall on the shoulders of pilots in and out of Oshkosh.
EAA AirVenture officials say if the Wittman tower closes, it will have no effect on the fly-in.
A spokesperson says during AirVenture, the FAA takes over operation of the tower and will do so even if the tower is permanently closed.
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