200 Days

200 Days to Santa’s Launch

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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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North Pole Flight Command marks 200 days until Santa’s Launch today.

This is a significant milestone in the countdown. This week Elf Buck Sanchez will be checking in with each critical component of the launch team to see where they are in relation to their goals.

The sleigh team will be evaluated about the readiness of Santa’s sleigh and the plans for test flights which will begin next month. Elf Buck will review the plans for backup sleighs as well.

In Flight Command, elves will be working flight simulators and working on getting their flight certifications in advance of the launch of test flights. The test flights not only test the sleigh but also the teams tasked with monitoring the sleigh while in flight.

200 days also marks a review point for the reindeer. Elf Buck will meet with Elf Victor, head of the Reindeer Operations Department, to review reindeer team plans, projections, training and assignments.

At the end of this week, Elf Buck will meet with Santa himself to discuss whether or not all of these teams are on time with their plans and what adjustments might need to be made.

It is a busy time in North Pole Flight Command.

Warning

Warning Issued About Santa’s Sleigh

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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.

Sleigh Traffic Controllers

Sleigh Traffic Controllers in Training

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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 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.

New Sleigh

New Sleigh, Old Design

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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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A new sleigh will be built for Santa in 2022 but it will re-use the design developed last year, it was announced today.

Santa’s record-breaking flight from last Christmas is largely the reason for this decision. Santa met with design teams and flight analysts over the past several weeks to discuss the sleigh’s flaws and room for improvement. It was decided that the sleigh performed at such a high level that not many design changes would be needed.

That means the plans and the timeline for the development of Santa’s new sleigh for 2022 will be very different than in year’s past.

Last year, the first four months of the year were busy with design prototypes. Santa and the Research and Development Department spent so much time evaluating different designs that a test flight schedule had to be started in early June. That will not be necessary this year.

While a new test flight schedule has not yet been set it is expected that test flights of Santa’s sleigh for 2022 will begin much later this year.

We will keep you posted of the details of construction of Santa’s new sleigh. In the meantime, Santa’s sleigh from last year has been moved to the North Pole Sleigh Museum. Visitors will be able to see the new sleigh exhibit beginning in March.