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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.

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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Young Eagles Flight Plan

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Dreams Take Flight


From introductory flights and educational camps to financial aid and internship opportunities, EAA empowers young people with resources to become a part of the next generation of aviators.

Grow Your Wings

Take the first steps to make your dream of flying come true. See and experience what pilots do on the ground and in the air with a free Young Eagles introductory flight!


Your Flight Experience

Your Young Eagles flight will last approximately 20 minutes and you will see the earth and sky in a new and exciting way.


This is your chance to experience the freedom of flight that many people only dream about.


Many people remember this experience for the rest of their lives. You will, too!

  1. On the ground: Your pilot explains what will happen during the flight. You may talk about the airplane, review an aeronautical chart (or map), and complete a careful “walk-around” preflight inspection of the airplane.
  2. Just before takeoff: Your pilot explains the interior of the airplane, including the operation of the aircraft door, safety belts, and instrument panel.
  3. In the air: The flight lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. And, if you want, your pilot may let you take the controls!
  4. Back on the ground: There’s more time for you to ask questions about the flight. Your pilot is happy to tell you more about flying and their particular airplane.


You also get an official Young Eagles logbook with a personal code to activate your free EAA Student Membership and Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course.


Step 1: Young Eagles Flight

      Start your aviation adventure with this actual flight experience!  If you’re between ages 8-17, you have the opportunity to go flying with an EAA member volunteer pilot. You’ll experience what real pilots do on the ground and in the air.

Contact the EAA180 Young Eagles Coordinator, Chip Miller, to set you up on your first step. 
Call him at: 941-356-0591  or email him at:

Step 2: EAA Student Membership

     Visit and enter the unique code that came with your logbook to activate your free EAA Student Membership.


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Your membership includes EAA Sport Aviation magazine online edition, e-newsletters, free admission to more than 300 science and technology museums, free membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and much more.


Step 3: Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course

 Sponsored by Sporty's Pilot ShopAs an EAA Student Member, you’ll receive free access to Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course ($199.99 value).

This interactive online course uses real-world video and incredible 3D animations to help you learn the basics of flight.

    Plus, EAA will reimburse you when you pass your FAA written exam ($150 value).

Step 3 of the EAA Flight Plan is the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course, a comprehensive online ground school, test prep and flight training companion designed to make your lessons more efficient, more complete and more fun.
Why take the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course?
See real-world video: Sporty’s puts you in the cockpit for a “pilot’s-eye-view” of everything you’ll see during your flight lessons.
It’s a complete course: The course focuses on learning to fly, not just memorizing test questions. The course is so complete that the FAA accepted it for use in approved flight schools.
Get a personalized training experience: Learn on your schedule, at your own pace. Skip ahead or review segments several times over.
Written test endorsement: You get the necessary signoff to take the private pilot written test—automatically. No instructor needed.
EAA will reimburse you when you pass your FAA written exam! ($150 value)
Is there an age requirement?
The course is recommended for people ages 13 and up.
How do I sign up?
It’s time to pull it out. Inside the logbook you received from your Young Eagles pilot is an access code for your free EAA Student Membership. Once you sign up, register for Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course at the same time.
Sporty’s will e-mail you directly with your username and password. If you are already an EAA student member and need access, just call 800-843-3612 to get started.
What if I don’t have an access code?
You can register for your free EAA Student Membership even if you didn’t receive an access code from your pilot. All you need to do is answer a few questions about your flight so your status can be verified.
When can I begin my course?
Sporty’s will send you an e-mail with your username and password. Once you receive that you can begin the course.
How is the course set up?
Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course lets you decide which pilot certificate works best for you - Sport, Recreational, or Private.
After you complete the first three volumes of the course, you’ll receive a Free First Flight Lesson, and EAA will reimburse the cost of the FAA written test.  

Step 4: First Flight Lesson

    After completing the first three volumes of the Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course, you’ll qualify for a free first flight lesson at a flight school of your choice ($120 value).

This step is easy - EAA will contact you as soon as you qualify for your free lesson!


How do I qualify?

To be eligible for the free flight lesson, you must have taken a Young Eagles flight, completed the first three volumes of the Sporty’s course, and be at least 13 years of age.


OK, so I qualify, now what?

EAA will e-mail you a form for your parents to sign. Once EAA receives the completed form, you will be sent a flight lesson voucher with instructions on how to redeem it.


How do I find a flight school?

Search for flight school in your area.


Is there an age requirement for my flight lesson?

Yes, you must be between the ages of 13 and 19.


Can I give my voucher certificate to someone else?

No. The voucher is only valid for the Young Eagle listed on the voucher certificate.


What should I do after my first flight lesson?

You are encouraged to sign up for more flight lessons and work toward earning a pilot certificate!


Step 5: Flight Training Scholarships

   There’s help out there to support your aviation dreams!



You have access to flight training and college scholarships through EAA, including the EAA Air Academy.


These scholarships are underwritten by donors who want to help you achieve your dream of learning to fly.