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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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Intense debate is raging in North Pole Flight Command about a new sleigh for Santa in 2024.

Last year’s sleigh was so successful that some elves feel improvements to Santa’s sleigh are not necessary.

Santa set a new all time speed record in 2023 and finally, after years of trying, broke the 30-hour barrier in making deliveries around the world.

“That was no cheap record,” said Elf Roger Star, director of North Pole Flight Command. “Santa’s deliveries were not only done quickly but efficiency actually improved with this flight. That too set a record, so very few were missed. There is no doubt that improvements on Santa’s sleigh will be set at a very high bar this year.”

The Sleigh Department wants Santa to weigh in the question: do they design and build an all-new sleigh or do they just make another sleigh based on last year’s record setting design?

Santa will have a new sleigh in 2024 as last year’s sleigh is already in the Sleigh Hall of Fame Museum at the North Pole.

Elf Roger says that Santa will need to weigh in soon on this question as the year is quickly slipping away. A new sleigh design needs to be created and tested thoroughly before Santa flies it on Christmas.

Customarily the Sleigh Department works with North Pole Flight Command to launch test flights in late June or early July.

We will keep you posted on this developing story.

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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 test flights of Santa’s sleigh have ended. In an announcement made by Santa to his Tracker Elves it was explained that the test pilots, reindeer and sleighs will wrap up their current flights over Alaska today and head home to the North Pole.

Just one final test flight of Santa’s sleigh remains, the one scheduled December 23rd in the hours before Santa’s launch.

Santa mentioned that the test flights are ending due to continual hacks of North Pole Internet operations and that to lock down systems it was prudent to end the flights. The sleigh was only on Version 2, and it has been in test flight mode since last June.

“We are confident in the abilities of this sleigh,” said Elf Roger Star, Director of North Pole Flight Command, “Never in history have we have a sleigh design that has performed as well as this one. Speed records have been set. Altitude records have been set. We see unprecedented maneuverability with this sleigh and outstanding performance in every way. With this sleigh Santa is well equipped to take his ride this year.”

Despite the ending of test flights there are a lot of things yet to be accomplished before Santa launches next week.

Stay tuned.

Elf News Reporter at North Pole News Network
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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Just about everything on Santa’s sleigh this year is brand new – even the sleigh bells.

The sleigh bells on Santa’s sleigh are not ordinary in any way. They are made by Hell’s Bells, of Hell, Norway, run by a friend of Santa’s by the name of Alexander Vandergander. The bells supplied by his workshop have been used on Santa’s sleigh for many years.

They are custom made each season. The bells are designed to work together, are expertly crafted of brass and then gold plated. They are tuned using precision instruments and then polished and shipped to the North Pole in down-insulated wooden crates specifically made for them.

This year’s bells have just arrived at the North Pole.

They are being carefully unpacked in the Sleigh Bell Department and the work has begun to string the bells on custom leather material made just for their use. But there is only so much that can be done with the bells before they are declared “ready” for Santa. The sleigh must return from it’s final test flight before the bells are attached and tested before Santa’s flight. A reported 431 elves are required to install the bells, tune them, and test them before Santa can even think of getting into the sleigh.

The bells are considered one of the most important details on Santa’s sleigh.

We will let you know if any problems arise this year in their use and installation.

Elf News Reporter at North Pole News Network
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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In a meeting late yesterday at the North Pole Elf Roger Star, Director of North Pole Flight Command, indicated he may end the test flights “early”.

The comment took many by surprise. Traditionally, Santa’s sleigh continues test flights up to the very hour of Santa’s launch.

But the test flights this year have been so successful that some are saying there’s just nothing further to test on the sleigh.

Twelve prototype sleighs have been flying near continuously since June of this year in an effort to get it “perfect”. There are rumors, especially based on test flights held recently, that this could be the fastest sleigh in the history of Claus flight.

Many are already talking that this could be the year when Santa breaks the 30-hour delivery barrier that has eluded him for so many years. In the past ten years Santa has completed his flight at anywhere from 30 to 36 total hours of flight time. Last year he came within 20 minutes of breaking that 30-hour mark.

Ending the test flights early would be an unprecedented action. Elf Roger refused to say anything more about it when local North Pole media tried to press him on the issue.

We will let you know if this goes anywhere.