Santa visited the Sleigh Department on Saturday to look at the results of test flights of his new sleigh and to check the progress of the build of his new sleigh.
Based upon what he saw and the feedback of sleigh designers Santa has ordered that his new sleigh be slightly modified to be a little lighter. He has asked the sleigh to be made 2000 pounds lighter.
Both Sleigh designers and flight engineers are challenged by this request. New materials and design changes to the sleigh are possible but its not know how this might adversely affect the sleigh performance or if those changes can be tested in time before Christmas.
The test flight schedule is being reworked right now. Elf Roger Star, who oversees North Pole Flight Command, has said that 15 new test sleighs may be built to accommodate these changes.
Santa, however, wants to avoid that. He believes the current fleet of Version 2 sleighs can be modified and test flown, saving the time and expense of making a Version 3 of the sleigh and starting test flights all over.
Engineers are working that suggestion right now. We may see the test flights come closer to the North Pole so those sleighs can be modified one at a time.
We will keep you posted on this story.