Our Mission and Objectives

Our Mission

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!!

Objectives
  • 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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