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.
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