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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 



  Book advance discount tickets for rides in the B-17 WW2 Bomber and

1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airliner


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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 Monthly Meeting Program





This month’s program, the first of the series “Mentoring today’s youth….tomorrow’s aviators”, introduces Chapter 180 member Gary Stevens and the CAP Cadets he mentored in preparing an in-depth program to identify a safe Emergency Operations Center (EOC) heliport location and strategically located landing zones (LZs) for the Manatee County Emergency Management leadership.


Gary holds ATP/MEL and CFI/Airplane & Helicopter certificates. He retired from the Illinois DOT-Aeronautics Div., having served 24 years inspecting and certifying state-wide airports and hospital heliports.


 Gary Stevens - Helicopter


This is your evening to join with us and ask all the questions you've always wanted answers to. 
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 Flyers   Dawn Patrol Activities 

Young Eagles 

      From the Young Eagles coordinator:
                December Young Eagles Day report

   Saturday, December 20, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Lou and Dawna's Pancake B'fast was, again, a hit and very much appreciated.  The weather was "postcard perfect".  Our pilots reported good flying and smooth conditions.  
  Since YE Day was close to Christmas I wasn't sure if the turnout would be small or big.  Friday, Dec. 19, I received a late evening "surprise" call from a Scout troop leader who wanted to bring about 10 Boy Scouts.  We ended up with a respectable 15 Young Eagles for the morning.  Pilots Jeff Walston, George Dahlbeck, Greg Lewis, and Drew Gillett handled the call with grace and style.  Gene Rogers (C-172) would have been there, but a bad battery kept him grounded and Larry Kraujalis (Piper Cherokee) was on stand-by, if needed.  Thank you to all our volunteer pilots.
  Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino, Tom Maxfield, Alan Cate, Mike Foust, Frank Szachta, Scott Becker, Richard Cheek, Brad Smith, Dave Foss, Charles Geisler, Jeff Claridge, Del Dammann, (and me).  We appreciate you all!  

Our next Young Eagles Day is Saturday, Jan. 17th, 2015.  Happy New Year!  That's the 3rd Saturday, as usual.
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 the day gets closer.
   Please call Chip Miller with your offer to assist the Young Eagles program.     
                                 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.

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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.