Santa Claus has a dedicated team working all year at his North Pole Workshop and at the North Pole International Sleighport. Santa’s operations are complex, his elves need to handle toy research, materials sourcing, health care, child profiling, public relations, security, buildings & facilities, dining services, among other required departments to make sure Christmas goes off without a glitch. Among these departments is the most visible to the world, Santa’s Department of Aviation.
Santa’s Department of Aviation is believed to consist of meteorologists, aerospace engineers, veterinarians, load masters, logistics managers and of course governmental liaison representatives. These dedicated professionals spend a full year planning for the annual flight of Santa One.
Just now the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that Santa’s Department of Aviation has officially filed a flight plan for Santa One, and the FAA has approved it. Additionally Santa’s governmental liaison representatives have successfully coordinated with aviation and aerospace authorities around the world for his magical flight, and his flight plan has been universally approved.
The flight plan filed with the FAA, Flight Plan #122511, includes the following details:
Pilot: Kris Kringle (AKA: Santa Claus)
Aircraft: Sleigh (Santa One)
Origin: North Pole
Destination: Multiple Stops / Entire World
Engine: Nine Reindeer
Date: 25 Dec 2011
… Call Sign: Santa One
Make sure you begin tracking the flight progress of Santa One through NORAD’s Santa Tracker!
Below is a graphic released by the FAA showing an overview of Santa’s flight plan. Santa will initially head to the Pacific, making his first ‘mainland’ stop in New Zealand then work his way through Australia and Asia, criss-crossing between Africa and Europe, then onto the Americas before heading back over the Pacific and home again to plan for next year.