Concerns about the stability of the materials that make up Santa’s Sleigh has prompted flight engineers to test the sleigh once again over the warm waters of the South Pacific. Elves report that the material is very lightweight but prone to expansion and shrinkage in climate extremes. Since Santa flies from one climate to the next frequently on his Christmas flight this is a concern.
So test flights over the next several days will focus over the Pacific, shifting time spent in flight between the cold of the North to the warm of the South.
Santa Claus himself is piloting a test flight of the new large-design sleigh somewhere over the skies of Northern Siberia today. It is rare for Santa to take on a flight like this so early in the season. It is a good sign that there is high confidence in the sleigh design. The flight is not expected to last long.
The weekend flight tests of Santa’s new, very large sleigh were successful in the skies over Alaska. Now Santa’s sleigh has moved on to Iceland in weight trials to see how the sleigh performs when loaded and flown in certain conditions.
“We’re very pleased with the performance of this sleigh and Santa is very hopeful that we have a winning design,’ Said Elf Quinton, head of the Research and Development Department. “Santa plans to personally take the reins of this sleigh later this month for the first time for some test flights of his own.”
Ace test pilot Elf Vernon has taken Santa’s newly design sleigh straight into a super storm raging in the Bering Sea today.
“Storms like this are critical to judging the new design of Santa’s sleigh.” said Elf Quinton, Santa’s head of Research and Development. “Santa will face all kinds of weather on Christmas so the more extremes we can test it in the better the sleigh will be.”
This test is very important to Santa’s sleigh this year because the new sleigh is reportedly the largest sleigh Santa has ever used.
Santa has ordered new warm weather flight tests for what some in the Research and Development Department are calling the largest, most radical sleigh design Santa has ever approved.
We cannot provide dimensions but we can say that the sleigh this year sports massive tail fins designed to stabilize the very large craft.
In years past the size of Santa’s sleigh has never mattered much but this year Santa is insisting on everything being very, very large for some reason. Elves from the Tracking Department got a look at the sleigh over the weekend and wondered aloud how Santa can even land something so large on top of a typical house.
Santa took it out for a spin himself and declared it ready for advanced tests. For the next week or more the sleigh will be vigorously tested in a variety of conditions before a full replica is constructed on new, lighter material and painted to Santa’s specifications. Sleigh testing is planned to continue for the next five weeks at least.
A very, very large version of Santa’s new sleigh is being tested over the skies of Canada this week.
Flight engineers say Santa’s flight plans for 2014 will require a much roomier sleigh. They just don’t say why Santa wants it to be bigger this year.
Early test flights of new designs this year have not been very successful. Some are thinking the size of Santa’s sleigh likely has something to do with it.
Test pilots have chosen far northern territories of Canada as a test flight zone for the new sleighs because air temperatures there are below freezing already. Test flights are expected to take about a week.
It is a curious place to be holding a meeting. But Flight Engineers are in Dubai today for some reason. A whole bunch of them.
Many people do not know that Santa has a whole team of experts that help plan his annual Christmas flight. There are sleigh designers, reindeer handlers, flight planners and other technical professionals that study and plan for everything from communications to weather models. A lot of work and science goes into this one flight every single year.
In the months leading up to Christmas, as you can see here on TrackingSanta.net, Santa’s sleigh travels all over the world in test flights. During these months sleigh designers scour the planet for the right materials and spotters travel to different place to study weather patterns and conduct experiments.
It is all done to ensure Santa can get around the world in one night.
But we find it curious that a meeting is being held in Dubai, of all places. Why would they have business there?
A test flight of Santa’s sleigh ended in flames as new materials being tested caught fire during speed trials.
“Nobody was hurt,” Elf Quinton said. “We don’t use reindeer or test pilots on these early test flights. We are looking at materials and we expect some of them not to work. We fly hard and fast using robotics and jet engines specifically to see how the material holds up. Obviously, this didn’t work out so we have to look at something else.”
Sleigh technicians said this was not a big event and that Santa is not worried about what this means for the readiness of his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Sleigh engineers are in Sweden setting up speed trials for new sleigh design being considered for Santa’s flight this year. Designers are calling this particular version of Santa’s sleigh “radical” but are tight lipped about what makes it so very different from sleighs used in the past.
“Santa has big plans for this year’s flight,” noted Research and Development head Elf Quinton Q. Quigley. “Christmas Eve is on a Wednesday this year and, for whatever reason, Santa has told us that means both size and speed are important this year. So we’re looking at increasing payload size while seeking a more aerodynamic flow that increases speed and efficiency.”
“The weather in Sweden at this time is near perfect for test flights,” Elf Quinton explained. “We are not interested in weather extremes right now. We’re looking for a design that meets Santa’s specifications and that means lots of flying. We’re hoping Santa comes to Sweden in a few weeks to see how the trials are coming along and to advise us on changes.”
Elf Quinton said he expects this year’s flight to be “eventful”.
Engineers from Santa’s Research and Development Department are in Australia testing “new materials” for Santa’s new sleigh.
“We don’t have a new design yet,” admitted Elf Rodney, a designer on assignment in Australia. “We’re testing new, lighter weight materials and how it reacts in flight. We are in this part of the world because it gives us close access to different kinds of weather conditions. We can find cold down here as well as heat at this time of the year. It is perfect for testing these materials.”
According to R&D Santa has a new design in mind but he is hesitant to begin finalizing plans until he knows the materials will work. He is looking for greater speed this year, we are told.
Flight engineers are researching ground breaking technology for Santa’s sleigh this year and they are meeting in an unusual location: Turkey.
Anciently, the home origins of Santa Claus date back to the country of Turkey. No word yet on whether or not Santa is involved in the sleigh project for 2014 or if he is participating in the project.
Rumors from the North Pole suggest a mighty project related to Santa’s sleigh is now under construction.
Greetings! Insiders at the North Pole confirmed today that Santa’s sleigh for 2014 is being designed at a secret facility in Switzerland. Rumors are swirling of a radical new design that Elf Quinton declares as “risky, exciting and very, very fast”. Please check back often for more updates.