EAA Chapter 180
Click photo for President's Purview
Tri-Motor Event Photos
The photo album showing photos taken at the very successful Tri-Motor Visit is now online. The photos are grouped by which day they were taken (Sat thru Tue) and further sub grouped into three catagories: CoPilot photos - by flight number, the passengers who took flights - by flight number, and other photos of of the event. If there is a photo you would like to print, you should click on it where it appears in the strip of thumbnails at the bottom to the screen. This will cause it to be displayed in the middle of the screen. Now right click on the image and select "save as..." to save it on your computer. Print the image from its location in your computer.
Monthly Meeting Program
Join us on February 26, 2014 for Brad Smith, our Chapter180 President and Commander, USN (Ret), as he re-tells the history of his career as a Naval Aviator Fighter Pilot; including the harrowing details of the loss of his A4 over North Vietnam and the ensuing six, well almost seven, years as a guest at the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Click on the button below the photo of these Blue Angel A4 Skyhawk's in formation at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola for Brad's biography
need EAA member pilots with aircraft, ground ops personnel, and escorts to assist with the Young Eagles program on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Please call Chip Miller with your offer to assist the Y/E program. 941-356-0591
Join with us, we're changing kids' lives.
EAA Chapter 180: Active Camaraderie Ongoing for Nearly 50 Years!
Welcome to our world of aviation, and we encourage you to join with us in appreciating all the aspects of aviation.
Members of EAA180 need to log-in to access pages that are restricted to members only. Before logging in, each member should first visit her/his email account to find the temporary password that Club Express will have emailed to them. To log into the EAA180.org Members' Pages, the member should click onto their name at the top of the teal colored column at the left side of the home page, then enter their name and the temporary password and click on the box labeled "Log-In". If the member subsequently wants to change her/his password then the member can click on the box for changing password, type in the new password, and click on the save button.
EAA180 is a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) parent organization. EAA national has about 176,000 current members located both within the USA and internationally. Click on the link to the EAA-national website for further information www.eaa.org. EAA180 holds its meetings at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport with membership mainly from Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida, USA.
Nearly 50 years ago our Chapter was approved by the EAA-national organization, and we have been enjoying the camaraderie that comes from this association ever since. Originally formed by a group of pilots, aircraft builders, and aviation aficionados who enjoyed getting together and sharing their passions and experiences, we are today a vibrant group that is eager to share with others such as: exposing young people to flying by supporting the Young Eagles program, by mentoring people who are building their own airplanes, by providing FAA safety training for both General Aircraft pilots and EAA180 pilots, by helping to expose the public to vintage aircraft and to the flying experience, by having social get-together events, and by having Dawn Patrol flights for members to fly together to interesting places. Typically our chapter flies over 200 Young Eagles a year (more than 1.8 million have been flown in the last decade by all the EAA chapters combined), and the excitement and happiness is always high. Come visit with us on “Builders Row” where many of our members are building their own aircraft.
When the EAA-national vintage B-17 bomber of World War II, and the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor commercial airline aircraft go on tour, we make it possible for the public to learn about these historic aircraft and to take an exciting flight in them. The view from the navigator’s Plexiglas bubble in the nose of the B-17 is outstanding, and the throbbing rumble of the three big radial engines driving the Ford Tri-Motor is truly emotional.
Drop in on our monthly membership meetings (held the forth Wednesday of each month – see the calendar schedule) at 7:00pm in the McClure Auditorium of the Sarasota / Bradenton airport. You’re always invited. We strive to welcome everyone and nurture a diversity of belief, experiences, interests, capabilities, opinions, and passions.
Being people centered, we look forward to your joining with us, having some fun, and ask that you be actively involved while contributing your good cheer, ideas, passions and involvement to help grow our Chapter. Let's get flying, there are blue skies above!
Click here for video interview of Jim Moss and team that built his Gee Bee QED airplane