Archives June 2021

200 Days Until Santa Launches

200 Days Until Santa Launches

Elf News Reporter at Santa Claus LTD
Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
Elf Meg Nogg
Latest posts by Elf Meg Nogg (see all)

There are just 200 days until Santa launches and North Pole Flight Command has already accomplished much as part of Operation Merry Christmas.

Locations for regional tracking centers were announced late last month and efforts are already underway to construct those centers and get them operational. It is anticipated that they will be completed by the end of June so that tracker training can commence through flight simulations using last year’s flight data.

Santa’s sleigh has received design approval and prototypes have already had their first test flights.

Santa is leading a recruiting drive among the reindeer to staff the test flight teams needed for this year’s sleigh. It is anticipated that full-scale test flights will begin this next week.

All of this is far in advance of the usual schedule. We are awaiting word of when Santa will announce tracking initiatives for 2021, including the number of tracker elves he will need worldwide. Last year he had more than 55 million.

We expect the news from North Pole Flight Command to be particularly heavy over the next 8 weeks. Please stand by for news.

Reindeer Audition

Reindeer Auditioning for Test Flight Team

Elf News Reporter at Santa Claus LTD
Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
Elf Meg Nogg
Latest posts by Elf Meg Nogg (see all)

Over the next six days “auditions” will be held for reindeer who want to participate on Santa’s sleigh test flight teams.

As you read earlier this week, Santa’s sleigh has been flown for the first time this year and rigorous testing will soon commence that will go nearly up until the day that Santa launches.

Santa already has a regular team of reindeer he uses specifically for test flights. But given the advance nature of sleigh tests this year he wants to add more reindeer to the the team.

The test flights of Santa’s sleigh can be taxing on the reindeer who participate. They are expected to fly in all kinds of weather and to fly at all hours of the day and night. Test flights are conducted in special areas all over the world.

Santa needs reindeer of all kinds of abilities. It isn’t enough to have reindeer who are fast. He needs reindeer who are strong and who have outstanding stamina. It is considered an honor in the reindeer community to be selected to the test flight team.

They will be assembling those test flight teams this next week. We do not know how many reindeer Santa will be adding but he will be involved in the process and assigning reindeer to specific tours of duty all over the world between now and Christmas.

First Test Flights

First Test Flights Recorded

Elf News Reporter at Santa Claus LTD
Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
Elf Meg Nogg
Latest posts by Elf Meg Nogg (see all)

The first test flights of Santa’s new sleigh have been monitored here at North Pole Flight Command. Last month Santa signed off on the first authorized sleigh re-design and the sleigh was built in the North Pole Research and Development Department over the past several weeks. Today that sleigh was flown for the first time.

These important first steps are critical to setting up an aggressive test flight schedule for the sleigh in the weeks and months ahead.

The first flights evaluate the safety of the new sleigh and if it is flight worthy. These are the most important steps. The test pilots who test the first flights of any new sleigh design are very brave elves. They never know exactly how a new sleigh will respond at all.

We will continue with a very strict protocol that tests very basic flight functions. These flights are short and monitored on the ground, in the air and via camera. Every safety precaution is employed.

It will take us several more days of brief flights. Then the engineers will review the data and, if necessary, will recommend design changes before going to the next phase of testing.

Many have asked when test flights can be monitored by tracking elves for their own training purposes. That is likely still several weeks away.

We will keep you posted.