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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.

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EAA Chapter 180
Sarasota/Bradenton, FL 

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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


2014-08-27   Alan Cate  -  60% of Fatal Accidents Occur at the Airport - Need for Stabilized Approach to Prevent Loss  Of  Control  (LOC)  While in Airport Pattern

The FAA has collected a decade (2001-2010) of statistics about fatal accidents, and 60 percent of the fatal accidents occur due to loss of control while in the airport pattern.   This does not include the declared emergency incidents!
Hence, to reduce 60% of the fatal accidents, we must hone our skills to insure stabilized approaches.  The following graph depicts the data showing that most of the fatal accidents occurred due to maneuvering, approach, and initial climb (not take-offs nor landings).

Alan Cate will be presenting this Monthly-Meeting Program with a slide presentation provided by Jose Figueroa, Tampa FAA Inspector, and looks forward to your active participation in the discussions with lessons that you have each learned about preventing loss of control (LOC) while flying the airport pattern.

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Dawn Patrols

Click here to learn about our upcoming Lunch-Bunch Flyers   Dawn Patrol Activities 

Young Eagles 

      From the Young Eagles coordinator:

Saturday, July 19, was EAA180's monthly Young Eagles Day.  It was a scorching July day beginning with Dawna and Lou Basl's delicious Free Pancake Breakfast in the hanger.  You always put a lot of work into it and it shows!

"Thank You" to pilots Jeff Walston, Larry Kraujalis, and Dan Skoda, for flying 26 Young Eagles into the EAA's World's Largest Logbook.  You all are heroes in these kids' eyes.

And "Thank You" to our much appreciated ground crew volunteers Shirley Mandarino, Mike Foust, Richard Cheek, Tom Maxfield, Alan Cate, Jim Faix, Brad Smith, Frank Szachta, Bill Jenkins, and Ron Shenkman for coordinating, escorting, photographing, and making it work.  A Great Job everyone!
Saturday, August 16, is Chapter 180's next Young Eagles Day.

EAA member pilots with aircraft, ground ops personnel, and escorts are needed to assist with our Young Eagles program held every 3rd Saturday of each month.
                 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.