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We’d Like to

Meet you

We’d like to meet you and have you meet us. We meet at: 
7:00 pm

the fourth Wednesday of every month
McClure Auditorium
Sarasota Bradenton Airport

We also get together at our social events.  See our Social Events page for more details.

Young Eagles

For more than 10 years we in Chapter 180 have been giving young people their very first ride in an airplane.  If you or a youngster you know wants to experience the thrill, spectacle and beauty of flying for the first time visit our Young Eagles page and find out all about how.


Welcome to
EAA Chapter 180
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL 


EAA Chapter 180:  Camaraderie for over 50 Years!

Welcome to our world of aviation

Please click on the EAA Chapter logo below for information about our Chapter and membership in EAA180.

Click on the EAA Chapter 180 logo for more information about being a member of EAA180


                              Monthly-Meeting  Programs

EAA180 welcomes all visitors and invites all aviators as well as those with a passionate enthusiasm for aviation to join with us at 7:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. 
We meet at the McClure Auditorium in the SRQ complex.  Off US 41 N, turn East on General Spaatz Blvd (by the Shell gas station) and then turn left after the gravel parking lot on your left.  You'll see the auditorium and parking just ahead and to your right.  Park, then come on in and join us.
Your involvement in providing ideas and topics for monthly meeting programs is very important to providing programs which you feel are relevant.  We want our Chapter members (and guests) to be involved and actively participating even when you are vacationing and/or on a snowbird retreat. 


08-23-17 7:00 pm. RV-12 Hangar. See Christavia MK-1 Plane Project. Drinks/Cookies. 

09-27-17 Malcolm Moniz, Teen Build Candidate for AirVenture in Oshkosh and other Oshkosh attendees. 



EAA180  Monthly Member Meeting

August 23rd, 2017

7:00 pm (regular time)

**LOCATION: Clyde Jones Road, by old Tower

At the Teen Build/RV-12 Hangar. **Parking across the Road, adjacent to airport entrance. 

This month, we are continuing our more "Social" summer program. We are welcoming all EAA180 members/guests to come to see the Teen Build RV-12 progress. 

Also: See the new proposed Adult Build project of completing the Christavia MK-1, which was donated to EAA180.

Refreshments will be served. 

(For further info: Shirley Mandarino (941) 993-9246)


2017 EAA180 Monthly Meetings 
July 26th, 2017 - 6:30pm

 **Note Changes - Demetrios, University/Lockwood

We are continuing our "summer season" with a dinner meeting at Demetrios, corner of University and Lockwood Ridge. Plan to join us for dinner. No program tonight...just good food and great conversations with fellow EAA180 members/guests.

      Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator 
) 971-8447 (




EAA180 Monthly Member Meeting
June 28th, 2017
2nd Annual River Cruise Social
Bring your family and join us for a fun evening on June 28th!!!

In place of our regular June meeting, we will have a fun evening of cruising the Manatee River with Riverside Tours, Inc. to see a sunset on Tampa Bay and enjoy the city lights on our return.

The fun starts at the Riverhouse Reef and Grill before the cruise for dinner and you get an additional $5.00 per person off the river cruise.

We need 30 people to have the tour boat exclusively for our Chapter. You can bring your own snacks and drinks aboard the boat. It is a beautiful 2 hour outing.

The Details

June 28, 2017 Our regular meeting night.

6:00 pm Dinner at the Riverhouse Reef
& Grill.

7:45 pm RiversideTours - cruise departs
the dock at the restaurant and
returns at 9:45 pm.

$25.00/person With Dinner receipt from
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
from this date.
$30.00/personCruise only.

Reservations orGary Stevens
Home:(941) 792-0294
Cell:(217) 971-8447

*******RSVP to Gary ******


2017 EAA180 Monthly Meetings 
May 31st, 2017 - 6:30pm

 **Note Changes - Anna Marie Oyster Bar Landside 
The World of Seaplane Flying - Steve McCaughey
We are kicking off our "summer season" with a dinner meeting and a Program by Steve McCaughey, the Executive Director of the Seaplane Pilots Assn. If you've ever thought about seaplane flying or would like to learn more, plan to join us for dinner and an interesting program. (Full Bio - Click Link Below).

      Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator
) 971-8447 (


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        Young Eagles     

  From The Young Eagles coordinator:

                             August 19, 2017 Young Eagles Day Report


Saturday, August 19 was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.   Thank you to our chefs  Lou, Dawna and Clay Smith for providing us a wonderful Pancake Breakfast!  

The weather was, again, beautiful with partly cloudy skies.  Our pilots reported good flying conditions.
Thank you to our pilots:  Ric Romanoff (RV-12), Jim Faix (C-172), Jeff Walston (C-172SP) and Larry Kraujalis (Piper Cherokee).  Our fantastic flight crew flew 34 Young Eagles!  Thank you to our tireless and dedicated ground personnel: Shirley Mandarin, Michael Foust, Ron Shenkman, Tom Charlton, Brian Ackles, Dave Church, Scott Becker and Chip Miller. 
A great job by our Chapter 180 Young Eagles volunteers. You are changing lives!

Our next Young Eagles Day will be September 16, the third Saturday of the month.  

*****Numerous regularly participating ground volunteers will be absent Sept. 16.  Please consider coming out to help and having a great time!

Chip Miller, EAA180 YE coord. 
EAA member pilots with aircraft and ground ops personnel are always needed to assist with our Young Eagles program held every 3rd Saturday of each month.  I'll post more info as needed.
Please call Chip Miller with your offer to assist the Young Eagles program.     
Come fly with us.  We're changing kids' lives.