EAA Chapter 180 of Manasota

Serving Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida


Welcome to our Chapter: EAA180  

EAA180 advocates for aviation and public awareness-involvement, building aircraft, mentoring aircraft builders and owners, provides safety programs, membership education, and flying activities. Everyone is welcome!!


  • Advocate for aviation and public awareness-involvement
    • Liaison with SRQ to represent EAA Chapter 180 at their monthly meetings.
    • Cultivate contacts with video, newspaper, and radio media to advocate for general aviation.
    • Provide Young Eagles youth (ages 8-17) exposure to aviation including a free flight.
    • Be inclusive to adopted and foster youth in the Young Eagles program.
    • Educate the public about aviation.
    • Provide aircraft experiences to the general public so that they may touch, feel, and fly in the (RARE) EAA B-17 and EAA Ford Tri-motor historic aircraft.

  • Build aircraft
    • Schedule Show-N-Tell of builder’s projects.
    • Visit aircraft manufacturers in Florida to learn their techniques.
    • Visit aircraft paint shops to evaluate “best practices”.
    • Conduct workshops to demonstrate best practices for epoxy, metal fabrication, kit assembly, and wiring.
    • Support and mentor the Teen Aircraft Factory of Manasota (TAFM).

  • Mentor aircraft builders and owners
    • Encourage groups independent of EAA180 to build aircraft.
    • Activate Tech Counseling and Flight Counseling.
    • Emphasize the importance of pilot fitness.
    • Provide guidance selecting and using new FAA mandated avionics.

  • Social
    • Conduct cookouts and potluck socials.
    • Schedue excursions to Sun-N-Fun, Fantasy of Flight, aircraft manufacturers in Florida, etc.
    • Provide a dynamic and educational Monthly Meeting Program including inviting outside speakers.
    • Sponsor appreciation dinner for Young Eagles pilots.
    • Schedule Pilots & ATC annual social mingling.
    • Invite home-built aircraft to our Fall Cookout & Fly-In
    • Coordinate with Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation to give rides in their Stearman biplane (and invite other bi-planes to this event) at the Jubilee Year Spring Cookout & Fly-In.

  • Safety programs
    • Promote FAAST/Wings programs by presenting FAA created programs to educate pilots.
    • Checking fuel flow and carb-heat.
    • Establish multiple venting of fuel tanks to prevent siphoning of fuel (features of Monarch fuel cap).

  • Fundraising to support programs
    • Link with Amazon.com.
    • General Public flights/walk-arounds of RARE  EAA B-17 and EAA Ford Tri-motor aircraft.
    • Consignment sales posted on Chapter web-site.
    • Organize a “Try-N-Buy” fly-in for consignment sales.
    • Expand the sponsor support platform for EAA Chapter 180 Missions & Objectives and for EAA aircraft tours.

  • Recruit new members
    • Identify interested prospects, retired aviation professionals, and active aviators.
    • Advertise using posters at surrounding airports and promoting word-of-mouth.
    • Publish and maintain an interactive and dynamic website.
    • Recruit from EAA National membership roster.
    • Utilize social media (e.g., Facebook, Social Flight. Meet-Up, etc.) to reach new markets of aviation enthusiasts.

  • Flying
    • Brunch-Bunch Fliers encouraging non-pilots to accompany them as guests on outings.
    • Pilot proficiency events.
    • Training to optimize flight altitudes, and tips for flying into non-towered airports.

  • Membership education
    • Preparation for making “First Flight” in homebuilts.
    • Education and  compliance with FAA policy of dual pilots on first flights.
    • Cooper-Harper scale testing methods for ergonomic flight-control handling.
    • Proficient-efficient piloting.
    • Optimal transitioning to Glass panel from steam gauge avionics.
    • Flying with icing conditions.

  • Membership active involvement
    • Strive to have each member volunteer to voice her/his ideas and actively participate in the direction and improvement of our Chapter.
    • Make job functions available for members to be Coordinators of Core Objectives.

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