Test Flights

Test Flights Could Begin in July

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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.

North Pacific Test Flights

Test Flights Over the North Pacific

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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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Santa’s sleigh is engaged in test flights over the North Pacific. You can follow the progress of those flights on our Tracker Map. As you can see, the focus of the test flights has shifted further west from Northern Canada where the first speed trials of the sleigh were run in the past two weeks.

Reports from sleigh test pilots are very positive. Santa has not yet flown the sleigh himself and we do not know when he will do so.

Why is the sleigh being moved to the North Pacific?

Santa spends a good deal of his time over water on Christmas Eve. It is very important that the sleigh perform well over water. Over the next several days the sleigh will be tested at various altitudes, in different kinds of weather, during the day and during the night, empty and heavily load — all to see how it performs over water. This will not be the first time these tests are run.

As we reported earlier the North Pole has requested additional reindeer to help with sleigh testing.

We also have news from the Sleigh Barn than four additional test sleighs have been authorized for construction and should deliver to the North Pole sleigh port in about a week. Each of these new sleighs will be slightly modified from earlier versions. Each will have to go through a strict test protocol. As each stage of testing is passed, a review with Santa of results is taken and new modifications are made to the sleigh design. Then more new sleighs are constructed and then tested. This cycle repeats itself over and over until around mid-December.

New Sleigh is Ready for Test Flights

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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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Rumors out of the North Pole Research and Development Department are that Santa’s new sleigh for 2020 is close to being ready.

Confirming those rumors today, Elf Quinton Q. Quigley, who directs the R&D Department, said the sleigh was ready for test flights.

“Santa has been very hands-on with this year’s new sleigh and he is very particular about details,” Elf Quigley said. “But it’s all been good because he is an exceptional designer and, of course, an expert pilot. He smashed speed records last Christmas so he is very intent on doing even better this year. I can tell you that Santa is very anxious to fly this sleigh.”

Santa will not be test piloting the new sleigh.

He has other priorities at this time, we are told.

Last year Santa didn’t even touch the sleigh until Christmas Eve. This year he is hoping to find time to actually get in the sleigh before he takes flight. He feels he can shave an extra 15 minutes or more off his overall flight time if he has a chance to practice.