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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:  Active Camaraderie Ongoing for over 50 Years!

Welcome to our world of aviation, and we encourage you to join with us in appreciating all the aspects of aviation.

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

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                        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. 



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        Young Eagles         

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

Saturday, May 21, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Thank you to Lou and Dawna for another great Free pancake and sausage breakfast! 

 The weather was beautiful right from the start and stayed that way!
 Our pilots were Jeff Walston (C-172SP), Ron Keating (Liberty XL2), and Ric Romanoff (RV-12).  Ryan McFadden (rental Piper Archer) was ready, willing, and able, but had to scrub because of a dead battery.  Great job, everyone!  Thank you all.
 Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino, Jeff Claridge, Ron Shenkman, Tom Maxfield, Martin Sobel, Michael Foust, and Chip. (And a couple new folks whose names I lack).  
We flew 20 Young Eagles and wrapped up around 1230.  The volunteers regrouped and debriefed at the nearby Subway. 
We hope to see you all June 18 for our next Young Eagles Day.
                        ***New start time schedule***
Starting in July 2015, breakfast now begins at 0900- same as flying.
Anyone who can come around 0815 to assist Lou and Dawna set up for breakfast would be appreciated. That would make it possible for all of the vols to have some breakfast before the public arrives and the flying begins.  Safe Flying!
Our next Young Eagles Day is Saturday, June 18, 2016. That's the 3rd Saturday, as usual.  Come check it out.  We have fun.

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.

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.