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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 an interest in aviation to join with us at 7:00 pm 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. 

Mark Your Calendars - EAA Monthly Member Meetings

April 25th - Dinner Social and Chapter News

May 23rd - TBA

June 27th - River Boat Cruise




                         EAA 180 April Member Meeting

         April 25, 2018

         Dinner Social and Chapter News


Our April Membership Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 25th at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside located just north of the airport at 6906 14th St. West Bradenton, FL 34207. We have the private back room reserved for us under EAA 180 from 6:30 PM until we are ready to leave.

After some interesting programs and short business meetings, this meeting will give us a great opportunity to get together socially for a meal and catch up with each other and on chapter business. No reservations are required, you order off the menu and guests are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there and catching up after our Spring picnic, Sun n Fun and before Oshkosh with the latest chapter news and future activities.


Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator  C. 217-971-8447


                  EAA 180 March Member Meeting

        March 28, 2018

         Rotax Engines – Phil Lockwood


Our March membership meeting will be held Wednesday, March 28th at the Dan McClure Auditorium at SRQ. We are very excited about having Phil Lockwood of Lockwood Aviation as our featured program speaker.

Phil Lockwood is the founder and current President and CEO of Lockwood Aircraft Company in Sebring. Phil has built the company to a world recognized leader in aviation as the producer of the incredible AirCam airplane and one of the leading resource centers for Rotax engines. Phil conducts Rotax clinics and workshops at their Sebring headquarters and throughout the country. We are fortunate to have him come to us for our March meeting.

Phil will be talking about the Rotax 9 series that is quickly growing as a viable choice in aircraft engines for a variety of manufacturers and homebuilders. Bring a builder friend or anyone interested in learning about what is new with Rotax from one of the leading experts to be found.

Our short business meeting begins at 7:00 PM followed by a refreshment break and our program presented by Phil Lockwood. We hope to see you there.

Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator -  C. 217-971-8447


             EAA 180 February Member Meeting

        February 21, 2018

          Flying Under the new Basic Medical


Our February meeting program is a joint effort between EAA Chapter 180 and the SRQ Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. We are very pleased to have nationally known aviation journalist Amy Laboda and Dr. Aaron Wohl speak about why it makes sense for many pilots to fly under the new Basic Medical standards that EAA fought so hard to implement.

The program qualifies for the FAA wings program. Our membership meeting starts at 7:00PM at the Dan McClure Auditorium at SRQ on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (one week earlier than our regular night). Refreshments will be served after our short business meeting and prior to the program start.

Amy Laboda is an ATP multi engine pilot and flight instructor. She is also a retired magazine journalist, having written for FLYING, AOPA Pilot, Flight Training magazine and Aviation International News. Amy is also a member of the Ninety-Nines.

Dr. Aaron Wohl is an emergency room physician and a pilot. He performs Basic Medical exams for pilots in Southwest Florida. He will be speaking in a question-and-answer format about the certification requirements, the exam, including how and why it makes sense for many private pilots. 

                                                                                  AMY LABODA

                                                 Dr. Aaron Wohl 


Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator -  C. 217-971-8447



                  EAA 180 January Member Meeting
        January 24th, 2018

       Civil Air Patrol – 75 Years of Service


Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to our many snowbird friends and members. Our first meeting of the new year will feature a presentation on the Civil Air Patrol and some new and surprising things about CAP’s role in serving our country. Our membership meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Dan McClure Auditorium at SRQ on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. Refreshments will be served after our short business meeting and prior to the program start.

Senior and Cadet members of our local CAP FL-044 SRQ Composite squadron will be on hand to deliver the CAP story including the history of CAP, the Senior and Cadet programs, the aircraft flown and the mission of Civil Air Patrol.

The Civil Air Patrol recently celebrated its 75th birthday.  This past year’s active hurricane season resulted in a busy year for CAP and the SRQ Composite Squadron seniors and cadets. Many damage assessment sorties were flown from the Punta Gorda base for FEMA and members of the SRQ squadron also deployed to Puerto Rico as well. As the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol plays a vital role as a force multiplier. It promises to be an informative program. We hope to see you there.

Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator
(217) 971-8447 -


EAA180 Jt. Nov/Dec Member Meeting

December 6th, 2017

“The Black Box”- All you've ever
wanted to know about it.

Our next Monthly Member Meeting of EAA180 will be Wednesday, December 6th2017, 7:00 pm at McClure Auditorium. This will include a short business meeting and refreshments will be served.

Dan Cunningham graduated from the University of Florida with an Electrical Engineering Degree. He is a Principal Software Engineer with L3 Aviation Products. He started working with flight recorders in the mid 1990s.

L3 Technologies (parent company) is a $10+ Billion, multi-national organization, with over 38,000 employees. It is one of the top ten US government contractors, working with Dept. of Defense, Homeland Security, NASA, etc. We’ve come into contact with their many products: airport baggage scanning systems, passenger screening systems and trace level explosive detection systems.

Dan will talk to us about flight data recorders, often referred to as “black boxes”, which it not Black, and it’s not a Box. Bring your questions and have them answered.

This will be an interesting meeting so be sure to attend and bring your friends/guests. All are most welcome. Hope to see you on December 6th.

Shirley Mandarino ( 922-2796)




EAA180 Monthly Member Meeting

October 25, 2017

Oshkosh experience & Meet the Ninety-Nines


Our next Monthly Member Meeting of EAA180 will be Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00 pm at McClure Auditorium. This will include a short business meeting and refreshments will be served.


Malcom Moniz our own Teen RV12 builder was sent to experience Oshkosh for the first time by our chapter. Due to illness last month Malcom was not able to tell us about his experience, so he is on for October. Malcom promises some good stories from his experience and has some pictures and video to share from his experience at the EAA Air Academy and as a first-timer at AirVenture.

The Ninety-Nines are an international group of women pilots with a rich history and many famous members. A new chapter of the Ninety-Nines has recently started in our area and there is a good opportunity to work with them on future events and programs. Elina Lunin is the new chapter president, an active Flight Instructor, a corporate King Air pilot and owner of a Geronimo Apache. Andrea Noles Jaushneg is the station manager of Rectrix at SRQ and the owner of a Citabria.  Elina and Andrea will introduce us to what the Ninety-Nines are all about and some of their aviation activities and programs.

It should be an interesting evening and a great way to get back in to our regular meetings.

As always, guests are most welcome and encouraged.  See you on October 25th.

Gary Stevens. ( - (217) 971-8447)




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:



Chip Miller
AA180 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.
Members: Please call Chip Miller with your offer to assist the Young Eagles program.     
Come fly with us.  We're changing kids' lives.