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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

Please click on the EAA Chapter logo below for 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.  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. 


05-24-17 The World of Seaplane Flying

06-28-17 Dinner/River Cruise



EAA180 Monthly Member Meeting
June 28th, 2017
2nd Annual River Cruise Social
Bring your family and join us for a fun evening on June 28th!!!

In place of our regular June meeting, we will have a fun evening of cruising the Manatee River with Riverside Tours, Inc. to see a sunset on Tampa Bay and enjoy the city lights on our return.

The fun starts at the Riverhouse Reef and Grill before the cruise for dinner and you get an additional $5.00 per person off the river cruise.

We need 30 people to have the tour boat exclusively for our Chapter. You can bring your own snacks and drinks aboard the boat. It is a beautiful 2 hour outing.

The Details

June 28, 2017 Our regular meeting night.

6:00 pm Dinner at the Riverhouse Reef
& Grill.

7:45 pm RiversideTours - cruise departs
the dock at the restaurant and
returns at 9:45 pm.

$25.00/person With Dinner receipt from
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
from this date.
$30.00/personCruise only.

Reservations orGary Stevens
Home:(941) 792-0294
Cell:(217) 971-8447

*******RSVP to Gary ******


2017 EAA180 Monthly Meetings 
May 31st, 2017 - 6:30pm

 **Note Changes - Anna Marie Oyster Bar Landside 
The World of Seaplane Flying - Steve McCaughey
We are kicking off our "summer season" with a dinner meeting and a Program by Steve McCaughey, the Executive Director of the Seaplane Pilots Assn. If you've ever thought about seaplane flying or would like to learn more, plan to join us for dinner and an interesting program. (Full Bio - Click Link Below).

      Gary Stevens, Member Meeting Coordinator
) 971-8447 (


Click Here for Monthly-Meeting Programs


        Young Eagles     

  From The Young Eagles coordinator:

                                        May 20, 2017 Young Eagles Day Report


Saturday, May 20, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.   Thank you Dawna, Lou and Brad for, yet again, cooking up a great pancake breakfast!  

The weather cleared to VFR shortly after 9am.  The morning was breezy, but with not too much crosswind.  Our pilots reported good flying conditions.
Thank you to our pilots:  Dan Skoda (C-162), Brett Williamson ( RV-12) and Bill Russini (Topaz light sport).  Our flight crew flew 10 Young Eagles in Grand style!  Each Young Eagle had a special ride and enjoyed some quality "stick time."  
Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino,  Michael Foust, Ron Shenkman, Martin Sobel, Brad Smith, Jeff Claridge, Jim Rutushni, Casey Mannion, Brian Ackles, Don Stroud and Chip Miller. 
A great job by our breakfast, ground and air crews!  You are changing lives!

Our next Young Eagles Day will be June 17, the third Saturday of the month.
Chip Miller, EAA180 YE coord. 
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.