Sleigh Design

Sleigh Heading Back to Europe

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Santa’s sleigh will be heading back to Europe after it was revealed today that some design flaws were detected. Engineers are working on some minor changes to the sleigh and will have new prototypes constructed with the changes in design before the sleigh gets to Europe for additional testing.

It is not expected that the change will result in any delays to testing of the sleigh.

Test pilots of Santa’s sleigh say that the testing period has gone remarkably well. They are hoping to convince Santa to come out to the field to do some test flights himself very soon.

In talking with Santa’s staff, however, it is not something that Santa will have time for. He is putting as much time in as he can in visiting with children via video chat. So we’ll see if we can get him in the sleigh sometime soon.

By the way, it’s normal for Santa NOT to even see the sleigh in the weeks before he takes off. He trusts his team at Research and Development and the test pilots to get the job done.

That being said, Santa has been more involved with the design of the sleigh this year than he has been in many decades.

Santa is a very avid aviator. He loves to fly. He also hold many world records, for speed, distance and endurance.

We are also pleased to report that we have now many more additional reindeer who have volunteered for duty since their return to the North Pole.

Flights are going very well.

 

Test Flights Over Europe

Test Flights Planned Again Over Europe

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Santa’s sleigh, her pilots and all 3400 reindeer have departed the North Pole and are now engaged in flight tests over North America. But they are actually headed to Europe this week for load tests.

Load tests are runs of the sleigh loaded with different amounts of weight. They will fly the sleigh over several different kinds of terrain and in all kinds of weather. In fact, I’m told that the geography of Europe is perfect for these kinds of tests. There is great variety there.

We do not yet know what timetable we’re looking at for these tests or how long the test flights will be taking place in Europe. We hope to have an update by mid-week.

We are also looking for an update on the return of Santa’s regular reindeer teams to the North Pole. But no one seems to have any information on that yet. We will keep you posted.

Halloween Break

Halloween Break Planned for Test Pilots

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The test flights of Santa’s sleigh continues over parts of Asia and the Pacific ocean this week. For those following along on the map you will likely see the sleigh heading north in the coming days.

That is because the test pilots and the reindeer will be bringing the sleigh back to the North Pole and will be taking a brief break to celebrate Halloween. The North Pole traditionally celebrated Halloween in a big way. You can likely receive news of that event at the North Pole website.

The break will be very brief.

One of the things being testing right now is the data flow between the sleigh and the new Tracking Santa app.

Testers of the app may see some strange things in the app over the next week or so.

Test Flights

Santa’s Sleigh Heading to the South Pacific

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After about a week in South America Santa’s sleigh is now going to head west over the Pacific on its way to New Zealand and Australia. Officials in North Pole Flight Command are not yet ready to say how long the sleigh will fly there.

We still have not learned much about the test flights conducted in South America. They were explained to us as “routine” but the details of those flights remain classified. We also note that Santa was here last week and actually flew the sleigh himself. That is the first time he has flown the sleigh this year and the first time in many, many years that he has piloted the sleigh in a test situation. This is not work that Santa normally does.

Santa seemed to be pleased with the sleigh. He didn’t say much and he left very quietly without saying goodbye to most of us. We assume he has returned to the North Pole.

The absence of more reindeer is not going unnoticed with the test flight teams. They have plenty of reindeer to do the test flights. They are concerned because Santa’s regular reindeer are usually participating in test flights at this time of the year as part of their conditioning to get ready for Christmas.

They have not returned yet to the North Pole and as such cannot yet be added to the flight rotation. Elves here are starting to talk.