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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.

Flying Events

EAA180 Hosting Ford Tri-Motor February 2nd – 5th, 2017

Chapter 180 has been asked to host an EAA Ford Tri-Motor Ride Event February

2nd – 5th. 

Rides will be offered to the public: Thursday (2 – 5 pm) and Friday thru Sunday
(9am – 5 pm). Flights will be taking off and landing at Rectrix-North, 1234 Clyde Jones Road, Sarasota 34243, FL on the north side of the Airport.  

Fly The Ford Tri-Motor

map to Rectrix

For advance tickets:

or call



Welcome to
EAA Chapter 180
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL 


EAA Chapter 180:  Camaraderie for over 50 Years!

Welcome to our world of aviation

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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 to join us at 7:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month. We meet at the McClure Auditorium in the SRQ Airport 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. We want our Chapter members, guests and visitors to be involved and actively participate. 


02-22-17 Ins and Outs of ADSB (Sarasota Avionics)
03-22-17 Naval Aviator Brad Smith - VietNam POW
04-26-17 The Rest of the Story About Airports - Gary Stevens




2017 EAA180 Monthly Meetings 
January 25th, 2017 - 7:00 pm

High Altitude Reconnaissance During the Cold War
presented by Tom Barrett.
      Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator
) 971-8447 (


Click Here for Monthly-Meeting Programs


        Young Eagles         

From the Young Eagles coordinator:
                                     December 2016 Young Eagles Day Report

Saturday, December 17, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.   Thank you Dawna, Lou and Brad for cooking up a great pancake breakfast!  

The weather was clear and became breezy.  Our pilots reported good flying conditions with some haze.  
Thank you to our pilots Jim Faix (C-172), Ryan McFadden (C-172), Jeff Walston (C-172SP) and Brett Williamson (RV-12).  Our flight crew flew 15 Young Eagles.
Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino, Jeff Claridge, Michael Foust, Tom Maxfield, Chuck Hendricks, David Church, Dave Foss, Buck Greenlaw, Martin Sobel, Gene Rogers, Larry Kraujalis, Ron Shenkman, Ralph Victor, Don Stroud, Brad Smith, Dave Farrish and Chip Miller. 
Great job, Everyone!  No matter how big or small a part we each played, be proud to know You made a positive difference in a young person's future.
Chip Miller, EAA180 YE coord. 

The next Young Eagles Day will be on January 21, 2017
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.