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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.

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EAA Chapter 180
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL 

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.

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October 2015 Monthly Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
7 pm at: 
McClure Auditorium
6055 Airport Auditorium Ln, Sarasota, FL 34243
Map of McClure Auditorium

Bring your friends for fellowship with a passion for aviation.

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Brunch-Bunch Flyers

Click here to learn about our upcoming Brunch-Bunch FlyersDawn Patrol Activities 

Young Eagles 

From the Young Eagles coordinator:
October 2015 Young Eagles Day Report

Saturday, October 17, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Lou and Dawna put on another good breakfast!  Thanks, Mary McFate, for helping with breakfast.
The weather was clear and smooth- Great flying weather. 
Pilots of the day were Jeff Walston (C-172SP), George Dahlbeck (Cirrus SR-22), Ryan McFadden (PA-28 180C), Ric Romanoff (RV-12), Jim Faix (C-172), Greg Lewis (C-162), Ron Keating (Liberty XL2), Ron Bernot (PA-32), and scout leader John Parks (Seawind).  Great job!  Thank you all.
Thank you to our ground personnel:  Ron Shenkman, Frank Szachta, Martin Sobel, Michael Foust, Jeff Claridge, Tom Maxfield, Ken Barbalato, and Chip.  We appreciate you all!  Everyone put 100% into the event.
You all flew 25 YEs!  Our YEs came from a scout troop and the general public (in about equal parts.)  Most of the kids enjoyed a front seat trip since we had plenty of aircraft available.
***New start time schedule*** 
Starting in July, breakfast now begins at 0900- same as flying.  Safe Flying!
Our next Young Eagles Day is Saturday, November 21, 2015. That's the 3rd Saturday, as usual. 
And some more news...  it "pays" to be a Young Eagle pilot.  EAA180 member and YE pilot Jim Faix (C-172) recently received a call from EAA headquarters.  Seems he won a quarterly drawing of participating YE pilots (no, he didn't enter any contests) and was awarded (just for being a YE pilot) a Lightspeed Zulu headset.  Yes, the set that retails for $900 at Sporty's!!  Congratulations, Jim!  And Thank you for being a volunteer YE pilot with Chapter 180.

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 Nearly 50 Years!

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

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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.