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Reindeer Fatigue Becoming an Issue

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Reindeer fatigue is setting in among the teams of reindeer being used for test flights of Santa’s sleigh. Since early August sleighs have been in flight almost constantly, with reindeer and test pilots often working as long as 12 hours at a time.

“We only requested about 3400 reindeer, thinking Santa’s other reindeer would be starting to show up by now,” said Elf Buck Sanchez, Operations Director at North Pole Flight Command. “We need to give these teams some rest. So we have sent in a request for some reindeer relief.”

It should be noted that all of these reindeer working the test flights are specially chosen for this duty. They are used to a rigorous schedule. None of them are injured or in poor health at this time.

Santa’s sleigh continues flights over the mid-Atlantic this week.

Test Flights

Sleigh Test Flights Headed Over North America

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The test flights of Santa’s sleigh are headed over North America over the next several days. Engineers are transitioning the sleigh to the skies over the waters of the active Atlantic hurricane season.

“Yes, we’re headed for these active Atlantic storm systems on purpose,” said Flight Engineer Elf Miles Hansen, a designer who has played a big part in this year’s sleigh. “We need strong winds and heavy weather and a hurricane or two will fit the bill just fine.”

Yes, these are dangerous flights. Sleigh test pilots train for extreme conditions and are up to the challenge of the test. Nevertheless, the North Pole Navy is also transitioning to mid-Atlantic waters to serve as a safety backup.

“We won’t actually see the sleigh in flight over the Atlantic ocean until sometime next week,” Elf Miles said. “We have to clear North America first and there are some things we want to accomplish over the continent. We will be doing flights over land in the next several days, but mostly late at night. Some of these will be dark tests, where the sleigh cannot be seen. However, we also have slated some special tests require lights for more accurate data acquisition. That will possibly make the sleigh visible. We do not have a precise location yet for these lighted tests.”

The test flights over North America that he is talking about require a certain level of winds and even storm activity. Engineers are meeting with North Pole weather forecasters to determine best locations. It should be noted as well that the North Pole wants to avoid areas out west where fires are being fought, as well as major metropolitan airports where regular plane activity is high.

We will try to keep you posted.

Merry Christmas Radio Signs to Track Santa

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Merry Christmas Radio has signed to carry Santa tracking information from North Pole Flight Command and the Kringle Radio Network thru SantaUpdate.com beginning on December 23rd, 2020.

The station will live stream the world-famous “Tracking Santa Around the World” live radio broadcast from the studios of North Pole Radio news. The show is a 50-hour broadcast event featuring the best of Christmas music interrupted only by breaking news of Santa’s flight and the arrival of Christmas around the world.

The program launches as Christmas Eve dawns in the far South Pacific and does not end until Santa returns home to the North Pole. That’s usually a 50-hour adventure.

The North Pole spares no expense in providing this coverage. Anchored at the North Pole Flight Command Center with elves strategically placed on every continent, as well as a reporter serving in an “eye-in-the-sky” capacity following behind Santa in his sleigh, the broadcast updates roughly every 15 to 30 minutes with news of Santa’s position and the reaction of Christmas celebrants around the world.

Occasionally there are eye-witness reports of Santa in flight. Here is an example of a news report from a previous flight:

We are very excited to have Merry Christmas Radio as our first new member of the Kringle Radio Network for Christmas 2020.

North Pacific Test Flights

Test Flights Over the North Pacific

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Santa’s sleigh is engaged in test flights over the North Pacific. You can follow the progress of those flights on our Tracker Map. As you can see, the focus of the test flights has shifted further west from Northern Canada where the first speed trials of the sleigh were run in the past two weeks.

Reports from sleigh test pilots are very positive. Santa has not yet flown the sleigh himself and we do not know when he will do so.

Why is the sleigh being moved to the North Pacific?

Santa spends a good deal of his time over water on Christmas Eve. It is very important that the sleigh perform well over water. Over the next several days the sleigh will be tested at various altitudes, in different kinds of weather, during the day and during the night, empty and heavily load — all to see how it performs over water. This will not be the first time these tests are run.

As we reported earlier the North Pole has requested additional reindeer to help with sleigh testing.

We also have news from the Sleigh Barn than four additional test sleighs have been authorized for construction and should deliver to the North Pole sleigh port in about a week. Each of these new sleighs will be slightly modified from earlier versions. Each will have to go through a strict test protocol. As each stage of testing is passed, a review with Santa of results is taken and new modifications are made to the sleigh design. Then more new sleighs are constructed and then tested. This cycle repeats itself over and over until around mid-December.