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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 

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Social Events

EAA180 enjoys getting together with its membership and encouraging the public to join with us in some social events to socialize about "things aviation".   After all, it is our passion for aviation that we want to share with everyone, especially youth.

Click here for current Social Events


 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.  
To view the album directly Click Here .


 Monthly Meeting Program


Martin Sobel - Self Assessing Change When Flying for Life

You may feel exhilarated and all charged up, but when it comes to flying for life, change isn't static.    As pilots, we need to constantly self-assess.
Oft times, we tend to think of ourselves as static entitites - - I'm Joe today, just like I was yesterday, and like I'll be tomorrow  - - but the truth is that change is not static, we are different people all the time.

So there's this huge range of things that change within and around us, even though we may not always be aware of it. 
All of that interacts with whatever flying demands we put upon ourselves on a given day.
Everyone is welcome to come and encouraged to join into the lively and engaging discussions with Martin Sobel.   Be sure to read his lively bio of his experiences from owning an ultralight company, to flying 767 jet liners, to building a light sport RV-12.  

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Dawn Patrols

Click here to learn about our upcoming Dawn Patrols  Dawn Patrol Activities 



Young Eagles 

      We 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 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    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


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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.