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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 

 Come, enjoy our Spring 2015 Cookout & Fly-In


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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Martin brings to this program a lifetime of flying, ever since he was 3 years old; when he fell in love with aviation. 
He has more titles than a Bavarian Duke; including CFI,  CFII, CFIG, AMT and was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2012. He now has over 24,000 hours of flight time and is a Past-President of EAA Chapter 180. As the FAST Team Lead Rep (since 2007), he brings the WINGS Program to our chapter for our education and enjoyment.

Always willing to share his accumulated knowledge and experience; Martin has been instrumental in coalescing a group that has mentored a group of high school youngsters in the building of an RV-12 Light Sport Airplane.
Martin will discuss his role as Chief Test Pilot of the completed RV-12 aircraft; initially as a single pilot in the traditional approach to the flight test protocol; then completing the test program based on the new dual pilot program the FAA has created with the help of the NTSB investigation teams and the EAA. 

This is your evening to join with us and ask all the questions you've always wanted an
swers 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:
            May 2015 Young Eagles Day Report

   Saturday, May 16, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  Chapter 180 President Lou and Treasurer Dawna Basl orchestrated another great Free Pancake Breakfast.
   The weather was partly cloudy and fairly breezy, but everyone enjoyed the clear flying weather.  
   You all flew 16 Young Eagles for the morning.  Pilots Jeff Walston (C-172SP), George Dahlbeck (Cirrus SR-22), Ron Keating (Liberty XL-2), Jim Faix (C-172), Martin Sobel (RV-12), Steve Powell (Mooney M20C), Ron Bernot (Piper Saratoga), and Gene Rogers (C-172) responded to the call to duty. Sadly, Gene had to abort his flight as he detected a mechanical problem prior to take off. Thank you to all our volunteer pilots.
   Thank you to our ground personnel:  Shirley Mandarino,  Mike Foust, Jeff Claridge, Scott Becker, Alan Cate, Brad Smith, Ric Romanoff, new member "Casey", and Chip.  We appreciate you all!
This month we flew more kids from a local boy scout troop and the general public.
Our next Young Eagles Day is Saturday, June 20, 2015.   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.