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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.

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Safety  Programs
Shop Safety:
  • Building aircraft entails using many different types of tools which all have their unique set of safe practices.
  • Using an hydraulic piston engine hoist, or an abrasive spinning cut-off tool, or various chemicals, or performing a cylinder pressure test on an engine all require the use of safe practices.
  • Please contact the Earle Swan  (Technical Counselor)  for advice and recommended practices before starting something you may not have done before.  He is experienced, affable, and very helpful.
Flight Safety Training:
  • Our Flight Safety Co-ordinator, Martin Sobel,  has decades of work with the FAA on teaching flight safety and evaluating pilots.
  • The FAA Safety Team (FAAST) program is approved by the FAA to be provided by our Flight Safety Counselor with programs about once every quarter.   These FAAST programs are very convenient for us because they are presented in the McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport.   When you take these programs they provide credit toward your WINGS biannual certification requirements.

  • Retired from being a TWA airline pilot, Martin Sobel is very active with flight safety training, building his own RV-8 airplane, mentoring a youth group that is building an RV-12 LSA airplane, being an ombudsman between the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport and the general aviation pilot community, and working with FAAST means that he is your go-to person for Flight Safety Training. 
  • Martin Sobel is authorized by FAAST to provide their education programs which qualify participants to earn WINGS credits.    Check the Event Calendar to determine the scheduled dates of these valuable education programs.
  • Please contact him by email:, or by cell:  941-539-4806

Technical  Advisor:
  • Having extensive flying experience blended with an A&P license and an IA certification, Earle Swan is an ideal Technical Advisor for EAA180.   He has built an RV-8 Experimental Amateur Built airplane because it is designed for handing the stresses of acrobatic flight while carrying two people.   His previous Pitts airplane was great for competing in acrobatic competitions, but the seating was limited to only the pilot (wing walkers were not allowed).   Ask him about some of the locations he flew the Global Express jet into and out of all around the world.    He knows all types of flying and the demands they each put on the airframe, engine, and pilot.
  • Knowing what to look for when inspecting a builder's workmanship is invaluable.   And from meticulous experience, he knows how to program a preflight inspection, and what and how to test during the first flight.  Crucial to good performance data is record keeping and data retrieval.  Involvement in correctly measuring and calculating the weight and balance of the aircraft before first flight is really important.   Click here for more First Flight Safety information First Flight Safety
  • Easily accomplished is applying the Cooper-Harper Scale to testing either a first flight homebuilt, or a newly purchased homebuilt, or your own certified aircraft for handling characteristics and proper balanced feedback to the pilot.   Then recommended steps  for optimizing the handling can be achieved.
  • Proper fuel safety by checking the fuel flow to the carb (or injectors) is crucial to insure no surprises when in the landing attitude.  Also checking fuel filters and calibrating fuel efficiency meters is paramount to safe operation.
  • Pilot fitness to improve alacrity and stamina as well as medical fitness is akin to technical fitness of the aircraft for safe flying.
  • Contact Earle Swan, Technical Advise Co-ordinator, with your questions and requests.  Please contact him at:,   or by cell:  941-928-6228