Warning

Warning Issued About Santa’s Sleigh

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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
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The Department of Redundancy Department has issued a warning to Flight Command about the schedule for the development of Santa’s Sleigh for this year. In a highly public and unusual announcement the department claimed the schedule for rolling out Santa’s new sleigh was insufficient and would lead to problems.

The Department of Redundancy Department was formed after the near disaster of Christmas 2020. An inventory snafu was only discovered late on Christmas Eve that nearly derailed Santa’s delivery plans. The Department of Redundancy Department was so named because it was charged with “double checking” all production plans well in advance to ensure a similar mistake never happened again.

Their ongoing review of all North Pole systems – which would include Research and Development and the roll out of Santa’s sleigh every year – is supposed to be independent of every other department. In other words, there is nothing to stop or influence their research, conclusions or public opinions.

Today’s report from the Department of Redundancy Department slams the plans for Santa’s sleigh this year. Those plans, long publicized on this website and other Official North Pole websites, have indicated that last year’s sleigh design would be used for this year’s sleigh. Last year’s sleigh was one of the most thoroughly tested sleighs in history and resulted in a record-breaking flight for Santa last Christmas.

The report today suggests that not enough time, effort or testing is planned for this year’s sleigh. They claim their review of this year’s plans show that test flights will not be scheduled until after September 1st. They say that is not enough time to properly evaluate this year’s build of the sleigh and how it might fly with Santa this Christmas.

It recommends moving up the test flight schedule.

North Pole Flight Command has not yet reacted to the recommendations of the Department of Redundancy Department. Neither has Santa.

Regional HQ

Contract Signed for Regional HQ in Sector 4

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The regional HQ location for Sector 4 was finalized today when a contract was signed for a facility in Milgro, Ecuador. It is the first time Ecuador will host North Pole Flight Command.

Milagro is a city of approximately 200,000 people, so it is a bit bigger than most remote locations that North Pole Flight Command looks for. Residing at sea level and positioned near the equator means elves coming from the North Pole can expect a green Christmas with warm temperatures. The name Milagro means “miracle”.

The selection is something of a surprise. Many felt this year the Caribbean would receive it’s first regional HQ assignment with so many island nations making the list of finalists.

“Selecting an island is almost always a challenge,” reported Elf Phineas King, a lead elf on the selection committee. “We require rock-steady power and Internet and that’s not always easy to secure on an island. It’s getting better and better with time but for this year we felt Milagro had just the right mix of amenities and seclusion needed to get the job done.”

This first and early announcement is also a surprise. It was felt that selections in Sectors 1 and 5 might come first because they had a broader pool of acceptable finalists.

“Milagro just fell into place in just the past couple of days.” Elf Phineas said. “The building became available, it requires almost no modification and we can begin work immediately. We feel this regional command center can be operational before Christmas in July and that would be a big bonus.”

Sleigh Traffic Controllers

Sleigh Traffic Controllers in Training

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The largest class of sleigh traffic controllers ever assembled is meeting this week and next at North Pole Flight Command. More than 700 elves are now in training to become sleigh traffic controllers.

Why the big need for more sleigh traffic controllers?

Rumors in recent weeks of larger regional tracking centers that are established before Santa takes flight every year is mentioned as the most common reason for the need. But we have also heard that ships of the North Pole Navy will expanding their tracking capabilities, too.

Classroom-training includes simulators and lectures that will last for at least the next three months. Once that portion of the training is complete new sleigh traffic controllers will be stationed in various parts of the world to use the test-flight season in real-time training.

North Pole Flight Command is not saying why this large number of new sleigh traffic controllers are needed at this time. Last year’s flight by Santa’s sleigh was nearly flawless and there was no need expressed for more sleigh traffic assets at that time.

Clearly, something has changed – or is about to.

Tracker Press Conference

Date Set for Tracker Press Conference

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North Pole Flight Command today announced the date is set for this year’s annual press conference to declare the recruiting goal of tracker elves for 2022. It will happen on Monday, July 11th at 12:00 pm EDT. The live press conference will be held at the North Pole Community Center and will be relayed via Kringle Radio.

The annual event has fallen during Christmas in July festivities every year since 2016.

Santa usually headlines this event to make the announcement. Last year he stunned both the media and observers with a goal of 200 million new elves. That was four times the previous high. That goal was famously met last December 23rd and Santa enjoyed setting a new all-time speed record, a milestone he credits the Tracker Elf program for achieving.

Speculation has already run rampant about this year’s goal. Some are predicting a number as lofty as half a billion total elves for the program.

Others are expecting something more modest. There has been a lot of chatter – leading to rumors and wild speculation – that the program is in trouble.

Elf Buck Sanchez, North Pole Flight Director, claims that would be news to him. “The Tracker Elf program has been a runaway success. Last year ended our five year test mark and Santa is making changes. This is normal for a test program. It’s no longer a test. It is a bonafide North Pole strategy, a legitimate tradition in its own right as part of Operation Merry Christmas. Santa is making it better.”

Even though the North Pole is hunkered down in an extended period of Toyvember already we are seeking bets at local sports books typically frequented by elves. Cookies by the millions are being bet that Santa will set an even high goal for tracker elves in 2022.