Reindeer Trials

New Zealand Reindeer Trials

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Reindeer trials are being conducted in New Zealand as the test flights of Santa’s sleigh shift their focus to take-off’s and landings.

The reindeer trials are a test of both the sleigh and reindeer. The 2 year old class of reindeer face a certification test as part of this event. New Zealand was chosen as the local for these trials because of the weather and the scheduled testing of Santa’s sleigh in Sector 1.

The trials only take a few days.

Reindeer handlers are looking to test and certify these 2 year old reindeer for take-offs and landings – perhaps the most difficult job for a reindeer as part of their sleigh pulling duties. Officials from the Reindeer Department have been in New Zealand for the past several weeks to prepare for the events.

“These are not like the reindeer games,” explain Elf Victor, head of reindeer operations at the North Pole. “These are for individual reindeer. It is an important process to test and certify their skills. Many of them are nervous because this is a huge certification to acquire. Any of the reindeer who want to work for Santa have to pass this test. So for them, this is very serious.”

The reindeer are kept isolated from the reindeer community and from elves not involved in the process. The results are kept confidential. This is one reason why Santa chooses for this process to take place away from the North Pole.

Sleigh pilots too use these events to certify. They too have to become expert in take-offs and landings.

Once this event is complete Santa’s sleigh will resume normal flight tests over Sector 1.

Reindeer Invited Home

Reindeer Invited Home

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Santa’s reindeer have been invited home to the North Pole. North Pole Flight Command has officially requested a greater number of reindeer teams for further test flights of Santa’s sleigh.

After Christmas each year the reindeer leave for a season to return to their natural habitat. The reindeer come from every continent. They return usually in late summer or early fall of their own accord.

But in an unprecedented announcement, Flight Command has requested the reindeer to “return back to the North Pole earlier this year”.

News of the test flights is good. The sleigh is presently over Sector 5 doing high altitude maneuvers. Plans for the coming weeks have not been shared but flights do continue 24-hours a day. It is not known at this time if the sleigh will be tested in more than one place at a time in the weeks ahead.

Not all reindeer are test-flight certified either. So this call for reindeer is not for all reindeer.

Additionally, it is not known if this call will work. Reindeer are scattered in very remote places. Most have no access to technology and it is not known how they communicate. Santa has indicated that he has never asked them to come to the North Pole at a specific time before. So while the word is out there for their return there is no guarantee how many reindeer will even know about it.

Flight Command has even failed to be specific with where “home” might be. The North Pole Navy is stationed in both the Atlantic and Pacific, hosting floating command centers to help direct test flight activities. Would the reindeer need to show up there? Or is it better for them to just return to the Reindeer Barn at the North Pole.

Is this call just part of training? Or is it a serious need?

More Reindeer Needed

More Reindeer Needed for Santa’s Sleigh

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More reindeer are needed to help power the test flights of Santa’s sleigh. Santa has reviewed this year’s applicants and all have been accepted into the program. He feels an additional 450 reindeer are needed to keep up with the heavy flight schedule set up for this year’s sleigh.

This is highly unusual news. Normally it is a difficult thing to be assigned to these special teams and yet this year Santa took every applicant into the program – even the young rookie reindeer with no flight experience.

“Test flights are flight experience,” explained Elf Victor, Santa’s head of reindeer operations. “These rookies this year are going to be something really special in the next few years because Santa is giving them very important work right now. I’m very excited for the class of 2021.”

Part of the challenge in finding additional reindeer is just reaching them. At this time of the year reindeer are back in their natural habitat in various places all over the world. Santa has reindeer ranches on every continent but the ranches serve only as a base for reindeer medical needs and as gathering spots for when they prepare to return to the North Pole.

“We have scouts that are out trying to reach the various herds,” said Elf Victor. “But they don’t usually expect to hear from us this early in the year, so finding them is something of a challenge.”

At this point there is not a big concern as there is still plenty of time remaining in the year to get the sleigh tested. We will keep you posted.

Reindeer Audition

Reindeer Auditioning for Test Flight Team

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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.