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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. 
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. 


EAA180 Monthly Member Meeting
March 23, 2016
Multi-rotor airframes, better known as "Drones"
Our next Monthly Member Meeting of EAA Chapter 180 will be Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at McClure Auditorium. This will include a short business meeting and refreshments will be served.
   Something a little different - a Drone Presentation and Demonstration. Come and learn about the hot topic of Drones (also known as UAVs - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by Sean Pontzer of, which is the leading US retailer of the finest FPV (First Person View) equipment and is a Sarasota multi-million dollar online supplier of drones for professional use (videography/photography) and military use. They design, manufacture and distribute drones world-wide. Their clients include NASA and the US Army. Most commercial drone applications require a pilot's license. Sean will cover the FAA regulations.
   Michael Smith, a member of Valkyries of Manatee (634 Woodstock Rd., Bradenton), a local UAV Club, which meets most Saturdays (weather permitting), will show his Power Point presentation. They will have different size drones on display. This will be an up-close and personal chance to your questions. This is one of the fastest growing past-times. FPV racing is the next NASCAR!!
   A fun, different meeting - come and bring a friend. 
Shirley Mandarino, Secretary of EAA180

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        Young Eagles         

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

Saturday, March 19, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Thank you to Lou and Dawna for the great Free pancake and sausage breakfast! 
 The weather was good in the early morning, but turned nasty around 1045.
 Our pilots were Jeff Walston (C-172SP), George Dahlbeck (Cirrus SR-22), Jim Faix (C-172), Ron Keating (Liberty XL2), Ric Romanoff (RV-12), Dan Skoda (C-162), Drew Gillette (Beechcraft Skipper), and Chris Buell (Citabria).  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,  Tom Maxfield, Ken Barbalato, Bill Jungerheld, Jeff Claridge, and Chip.  Shirley did a great job at the registration table.  Great ground support!  We flew 15 Young Eagles "in short order" before the weather deteriorated. 
Another great Young Eagles Day... and a great time- even if the weather didn't cooperate.  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, April 16, 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.