Mrs. Claus has signed off on the final prototype design of Santa’s sleigh. With that signature the first official test flights of the new sleigh can begin.
Santa gets a new sleigh each year (well, except for last year when he used a really old sleigh). The design process usually occupies several months. Test flights will follow a rigorous schedule as engineers, designers, builders and pilots work together to refine it.
The final test flight usually is conducted on December 23rd, just hours before Santa leaves the North Pole.
The target for test flights this year to begin was set for June 1st. So this new sleigh process is right on target.
Tracking information on test flights will eventually become available on tracking maps within a few months. But these first flights usually result in mixed results and Flight Command is not yet ready to train their crews for tracking.
Map tracking of test flights likely won’t happen until Christmas in July, at least.