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Test Flights Could Begin in July

Test flights of Santa’s sleigh could begin as early as July, according to North Pole Flight Command teams meeting with Santa. Several weeks ago the Department of Redundancy Department issued a warning that not enough time was being devoted to Santa’s sleigh this year which cause no small amount of upset in Flight Command.

Santa returned from the Elf Supervisor meetings in Costa Rica to find debate raging at Flight Command. Santa himself did not appear to have any concerns or opinions about the matter and seemed to be okay with the original schedule for test flights to begin the first week of September. But he met with those who issued the warning and with those in Flight Command responsible for the tests and it appears a compromise has been reached.

There are many details missing from this new plan, however.

For example, where are the reindeer needed to conduct these test flights? All of the reindeer have been absent from the North Pole since late January. Getting those test flight teams back early is going to require some effort that has not yet been talked about.

Likewise, test pilots for the flights need to be scheduled. We understand that several of the first team pilots are in the middle of re-scheduling their vacations in order to accommodate the new plan.

Will all this added effort actually help with the sleigh this year?

That remains to be seen.

I did check with the shop at the Research and Development Department and they reported that several prototypes of the new sleigh have been constructed and are ready to fly as soon as teams can be put together.

We will keep you updated.

250 Days Until Launch

250 Days Until Santa’s Launch

Santa’s launch is 250 days away. Elves in North Pole Flight Command are actually off today, as it is a Sunday and it is Easter. But the occasion is being marked with a number of activities.

In fact, a debate has erupted in recent days over Santa’s sleigh. I’m told there will be some meetings this week with elves from Research and Development to re-evaluate the flight plan for test flights of Santa’s sleigh. They are presently on the calendar to begin around day #113 to launch. Some feel that is too late of a start for testing and that more time will be needed to make changes and corrections to the sleigh if testing goes poorly.

If there are changes made to the plan we will let you know.

Another issue of concern is Santa’s reindeer and when they will be returning to the North Pole. Some feel they need to be back earlier too.

Warning

Warning Issued About Santa’s Sleigh

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.

Regional HQ

Contract Signed for Regional HQ in Sector 4

The regional HQ location for Sector 4 was finalized today when a contract was signed for a facility in Milgro, Ecuador. It is the first time Ecuador will host North Pole Flight Command.

Milagro is a city of approximately 200,000 people, so it is a bit bigger than most remote locations that North Pole Flight Command looks for. Residing at sea level and positioned near the equator means elves coming from the North Pole can expect a green Christmas with warm temperatures. The name Milagro means “miracle”.

The selection is something of a surprise. Many felt this year the Caribbean would receive it’s first regional HQ assignment with so many island nations making the list of finalists.

“Selecting an island is almost always a challenge,” reported Elf Phineas King, a lead elf on the selection committee. “We require rock-steady power and Internet and that’s not always easy to secure on an island. It’s getting better and better with time but for this year we felt Milagro had just the right mix of amenities and seclusion needed to get the job done.”

This first and early announcement is also a surprise. It was felt that selections in Sectors 1 and 5 might come first because they had a broader pool of acceptable finalists.

“Milagro just fell into place in just the past couple of days.” Elf Phineas said. “The building became available, it requires almost no modification and we can begin work immediately. We feel this regional command center can be operational before Christmas in July and that would be a big bonus.”