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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.


EAA Chapter 180:  Active Camaraderie Ongoing

for Over 50 Years!

Welcome to our world of aviation. We encourage you to join with us in appreciating all the aspects of aviation.


EAA180 is a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) parent organization.   EAA national has about 176,000 current members located both within the USA and internationally.   Click on the link to the EAA-national website for further information    EAA180 holds its meetings at McClure Auditorium at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport.

Contact Information:

Lou Basl
Vice President
Gary D Stevens
Shirley M Mandarino
Thomas Maxfield
Membership Coordinator
Jeff Claridge
704 634-6928
Young Eagles Coordinator
Edwin B Miller


Over 50 years ago our Chapter was approved by the EAA-national organization, and we have been enjoying the camaraderie that comes from this association ever since.  Originally formed by a group of pilots, aircraft builders, and aviation aficionados who enjoyed getting together and sharing their passions and experiences, we are today a vibrant group that is eager to share with others such as: exposing young people to flying by supporting the Young Eagles program, by mentoring people who are building their own airplanes, by providing FAA safety training for both General Aircraft pilots and EAA180 pilots, by helping to expose the public to vintage aircraft and to the flying experience,  by having social get-together events, and by having Dawn Patrol flights  for members to fly together to interesting places.   Typically our chapter flies over 200 Young Eagles a year (more than 1.8  million have been flown in the last decade by all the EAA chapters combined), and the excitement and happiness is always high.  Come visit with us on “Builders Row” where many of our members are building their own aircraft.


When the EAA-national vintage B-17 bomber of World War II, and the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor commercial airline aircraft go on tour, we make it possible for the public to learn about these historic aircraft and to take an exciting flight in them.   The view from the navigator’s Plexiglas bubble in the nose of the B-17 is outstanding, and the throbbing rumble of the three big radial engines driving the Ford Tri-Motor is truly soothing and an emotional experience not found in aircraft built in the 21st century.


Drop in on our monthly membership meetings (held the forth Wednesday of each month – see the calendar schedule) at 7:00pm in the McClure Auditorium of the Sarasota / Bradenton airport.   You’re always invited.  We strive to welcome everyone and nurture a diversity of belief, experiences, interests, capabilities, opinions, and passions.


Being people centered, we look forward to your joining with us, having some fun, and ask that you be actively involved while contributing your good cheer, ideas, passions and involvement to help grow our Chapter.  Let's get flying, there are blue skies above!

See our missions and objectives on our Website.

Non-members can easily join EAA180 by just clicking on the teal colored tab at the left of the home page that says: "Join Chapter 180".  The computer will easily lead you through the application process.
Members of EAA180 need to log-in to access pages that are restricted to members only.  Before logging in, each new member should first visit her/his email account to find the temporary password that Club Express will have emailed to them.   To log into the Members' Pages, the member should click onto their name at the top of the teal colored column at the left side of the home page, then enter their name and the temporary password and click on the box labeled "Log-In".  If the member subsequently wants to change her/his password then the member can click on the box for changing password, type in the new password, and click on the save button.
It is the Chapter's prime objective to get everyone actively involved in Chapter functions, planning, and implementation.