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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.

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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                              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. 



2016 EAA180 Monthly Meetings


 August 24th. SRQ Airport Fire Station Tour - Free Pizza. Special time, etc. Click "link" for details.

Monthly-Meeting Programs


September 28th. AirVenture 2016, Oshkosh.  EAA180 Attendees Panel.


October 26th. Jamie Beckett, Ambassador AOPA: Successful Flying Club. Also: Short Business Meeting: Election of Officers


November. No Meeting.


Deember 14th. (Joint Nov/Dec Meeting) - To Be Announced.


     Above is the Monthly Meeting calendar for the balance of the year. You will note that in August and September we will use the more "informal" format that we are trying this summer. In October, we will return to our regular "presentation" meetings. 

Shirley Mandarino, Secretary of EAA180

(941) 922-2796 (


Click Here for Monthly-Meeting Programs


        Young Eagles         

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

Saturday, August 20, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.    Thank you to Dawna and Lou (and some assorted helpers) for a great Free pancake and sausage breakfast!  Helpers even saw to bringing chairs from the hanger in Martin's absence. Thank you, Jim Faix!

 The weather was great... clear to partly cloudy, calm and hot!  Jeff Walston (C-172 SP) and Ric Romanoff (RV-12) handled the flight operations and flew 13 Young Eagles, including 3 "builders" who Ric took under his wing in the RV.      
 Thank you to our ground personnel:  Jeff Claridge, Ron Shenkman, Tom Maxfield, Michael Foust, Jim Faix, Tom Charlton, Buck Greenlaw, Frank Szachta and Chip.  
Everyone did a great job!...  The group pulled together and, with numerous of our regular folks away, made it happen in style!  
We flew all who came and wrapped up around 1200.  The volunteers regrouped and debriefed at the nearby Subway. 
A reminder...  September's monthly meeting will include a panel discussion/presentation by Oshkosh AirVenture attendees.  This should be fun and entertaining.
See you there.
 Chip Miller, EAA180 YE coord.

The next Young Eagles Day will be on Sept. 17.  Plan to come!
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.