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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 


                        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. 
Your involvement in providing ideas and topics for monthly meeting programs is very important to providing programs which you feel are relevant.   We want every Chapter member to be involved and actively participating even when you are vacationing and/or on a snowbird retreat. 


1-27-2016 ---Existence and Role of ARFF

===May Day!! May Day!! - Fire Onboard!!!! ===

Our next Monthly Member Meeting of EAA Chapter 180 will be Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at McClure Auditorium. This will include a short business meeting and refreshments will be served. 
The Presentation will be: "Existence and Role of ARFF (Airport Rescue and Firefighting) - by the Sarasota Airport Fire Department. The presenters will be Firefighter Bogie and Firefighter Leighton. The presentation will be brief and will leave plenty of time for past experiences, further discussion and questions. 
No pilot wants to imagine having an on-board fire or similar emergency!! This is a excellent opportunity for pilots and passengers alike to know exactly what to do during such an emergency. You'll have the opportunity to have the firefighters themselves answer any of your questions. This should be a "CAN'T MISS" program for your safety and that of your passengers. 
ARFF Fire Truck
Bring your friends for fellowship with a passion for aviation.

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        Young Eagles         

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

Saturday, January 16, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Thank you to Lou, Dawna, and Mom for another great Free pancake and sausage breakfast!  Coffee and OJ, too.
 The weather was clear.
 Our pilots were Jeff Walston (C-172SP), George Dahlbeck (Cirrus SR-22), Jim Faix (C-172), Ron Keating (Liberty XL2), Drew Gillette (BE77 Skipper), Ron Bernot (Piper Saratoga II), and Randy Powell (Mooney M20C).  The RV -12 was out of service having an annual.  Great job, everyone!  Thank you all.
Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino, Del Dammann, Richard Cheek, Ron Shenkman, Brad Smith, Martin Sobel, Michael Foust, Jeff Claridge, Tom Maxfield, Ken Barbalato, Bill Jungerheld, and Chip.  Great ground support!  We flew 13 Young Eagles!
At the close of this event, we loaded up in George's Cirrus, Chief Ron's Liberty, Ron's Saratoga, and Jim's 172 and flew to the Venice airport  restaurant for lunch.  Another successful Young Eagles Day... and a good time was had by all.  Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers.
                        ***New start time schedule***
  Starting in July 2015, breakfast now begins at 0900- same as flying.  Safe Flying!
Our next Young Eagles Day is Saturday, February 20, 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.

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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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.