They’re Not Kidding!

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When Sun ‘n Fun posts a warning sign about the local wildlife in Florida, those folks who “aren’t from around here….” would do well to listen!

Out back of the C and D Hangars, there is a pond, and in this pond, it is not uncommon to find those toothy critters known as alligators. This afternoon, one of those prehistoric aquatic animals was the talk of the town, with lots of folks taking time to head out for a look and a picture or two. It did serve to show that the warning signs aren’t just for grins – there are real ‘gators living in those waters.

Think about that as you fly home over the marshy parts of Florida in your single engine airplane.

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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

1 COMMENT

  1. But do you know why? If you do feed them, they become unafraid of humans and are much more likely to get close to you and bite you. Unless it’s mating season (now) they are generally afraid and stay away from humans. If you know of someone getting attacked or bitten by a gator, you can most likely blame it on someone that fed it!

    And THAT’s why you must not feed gators!

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