You Could See the Test Flights

Elves of Sector 1 – you could see the test flights very soon in certain areas.

I just received word from Flight Command that the test flights of Santa’s sleigh will soon be headed our way. They have been over Europe for the better part of the last month. They are finally changing to a new position and they have some interesting work to do in Australia.

I have been informed that next week the test flights of Santa’s sleigh will be performing a mapping mission over Australia. I do not yet know how many days they will be there but I can tell you that Australia is a big place and mapping takes some time to do.

Here’s the thing to really know about mapping: it’s a process that requires the sleigh to fly during daylight hours and it also requires flying fairly slow at a low altitude. In other words, these flights are going to be VERY easy to see.

Follow the sleigh’s progress via the Santa Tracker. I don’t know the days for sure they will be doing this but I’m told it should start next week.

Now, here’s the important part with all this for our tracker elves in Australia. Guys, if you have the time, TRY TO GET PICTURES OF THIS. K?

It would be really cool if one of our elves out there could pull this off. North Pole Flight Command doesn’t think it can happen but I do and I believe it would be really cool. So let’s give it a shot, shall we?

I think it would help with our recruiting. We’re not doing too bad, just over 9 million elves so far in Sector 1. We need to get 19 million this year – so we have a ways to go. This would give us a big boost!

Thanks you guys!

Elf Count Update for August

Greetings, Elves! Good news! We have great recruiting action going on. Here is our updated count of elves for August:

Sector 1 – 8.5 million – +15.2%
Sector 2 – 3.3 million – +2.7%
Sector 3 – 18.2 million – +4.6%
Sector 4 – 11.6 million – +2.3%
Sector 5 – 22.3 million – +17.4%

Total Elves – 64.0 million +9.5%

These are outstanding results, especially from Sectors 1 and 5. I think we knew Sector 5 would be strong but that is an exceptionally great number.

Our Freelance Elf count increased by 6.2% but our North Pole Elf Count increased by a whopping 20.2%

We only need 136 million more elves! That’s a fantastic report!

Your Elf Supervisor may update your sector with even more detailed information. Keep up the good work, elves!

Sector 1 Off to Slow Recruiting Start

The official report from Elf Flip for our tally of tracker elves in Sector 1 shows a 4% increase since last month. There are roughly 7.4 million tracker elves now in Sector 1.

I don’t mind telling you that the conference call we had after Santa’s announcement of the goal last week was a little uncomfortable. Our goal as a sector for this year is just shy of 19 million.

That means we have five months to get to 19 million. By my calculations that means we need to increase by nearly 78,000 tracker elves on any given day. But that is if we do the straight math. We know that tracker elves just don’t sign up that way.

We know, for example, that the month of December alone will account for about 35% of what we need. After hours on a calculator we have whittled it all down to this:

If every elf in Sector 1 recruits just one new elf a month — we meet the goal!!

Now, let me explain what the other challenge is: Sector 1 is very spread out and populated by many thousands of island nations and villages. Most of our tracker elves are in Australia or New Zealand. Major South Pacific islands just as Fiji and Tonga have plenty of trackers. But others, especially the tiny islands, have none at all.

So that’s our work right now – figure out where we do not have the elves and see if we can find elves to fill those spots.

I’m working on a recruiting plan, trackers. I have the Department of Elf Resources assisting me.

We ARE going to meet this goal because we will have a plan, and we will be focused and we will work very hard.

 

Sector 1 Recruiting Report

Hi Elves,

I received a report from Elf Flip about the number of registered elves in Sector 1. There are on record 5,891,471 freelance tracker elves and 1,248,657 employed tracker elves in Sector 1. In total we have 7,140,128 tracker elves working Sector 1.

Since Santa has not yet set the recruiting goal for this year we do not know how many more tracker elves we will need for this year’s flight.

Sector 1 is one of the largest and most diverse of all areas on earth. Some 67 nations fall under our sector and more than 40 languages. Many of our areas are remote and many areas have neither Internet or electrical service. Sector 1 has more ocean area and islands that any other sector and there is a large accounting for people on the water, another feature that makes our sector unique.

We remind elves that if they know anyone who lives on a boat and who has the equipment we especially need elves. Please work to recruit them.

We had an exceptional year recruiting in 2020. But we have a feeling we will need to do even better this year.

Lastly, I have been receiving some communication from tracker elves in our area about when test flights will be over our sector. This I do not know yet. The sleighs are over Sector 3 at this time, a long ways from us. So it could be a while before we see them in our area.

If you have comments or concerns I would appreciate it if you would post them in the group area for Sector 1, rather than flooding my message box individually. It’s starting to get a little busy.

Thanks for all your hard work, Sector 1.

Official Elf Count Update

Hello Trackers! My name is Elf Flip. I am an accountant at North Pole Flight Command and I am charged with keeping count of tracker elves in each sector. I am here to give you an update on the total number of elves we have tracking Santa for Santa.

After seasonal adjustments, the total number of registered freelance and North Pole contracted elves working as Santa Trackers tracking Santa for Santa is 54.8 million, down from a peak recorded last Christmas Eve of 56.7 million.

Seeing that Santa has not yet announced the recruiting goal for Christmas 2021, we cannot effectively communicate what our anticipated needs will be. We expect Santa will make that announcement soon.

Here is the breakdown by sector, rough estimates at this time:

Sector 1 – 7.1 million
Sector 2 – 3.0 million
Sector 3 – 16.5 million
Sector 4 – 11.3 million
Sector 5 – 16.9 million

I will be providing periodic updates, as directed by Flight Command. Your elf supervisor may update you as well about the elf count by sector.

 

Preparing for Leon Day

Hello Elves!

As you may have read at SantaUpdate.com we are soon to celebrate Leon Day, the half-way point to Christmas. It is just a week away.

While we celebrate the day with silly things here at the North Pole it is not necessary that you do the same. At the North Pole elves wear their clothes backwards and talk backwards. It is not necessary for you to do that where you are. You can, if you want. But it is not required.

Despite the goofiness of the day it still remains a work day at the North Pole. The workshop does not stop working for Leon Day. The test flights of Santa’s sleigh continue. Everything operates normally…well, as normal as can be with backwards elves.

What Leon Day means for the serious tracker elf is that the news gets much busier. Being more than half way just means we get busier.

So it’s a signal for you. Things are happening and happening quickly. Be sharp.

Tracker Map Opens for Elf Training

North Pole Flight Command announced yesterday that the Santa Tracker Map will be opened exclusively here on SantaTrackers.net. We are pleased to announce that as of this morning the map is live and available at this link.

Please note that while the map is now open there is not year much flight activity to show you. The North Pole Navy has repositioned to the North Atlantic and a limited number of flights are going out over the water.

We have it on good authority they will be test flying the sleigh first in Sector 3 and that those flights are scheduled to begin just after Leon Day. So, for the next week or so, you should only expect to see the test flights over the waters of the Atlantic and it may not in fact move very much.

What’s going on?

Well, the reindeer have all been selected. All of them are working a schedule getting exercise, food and even a few shots to fight against tropical diseases. They are being conditioned for a very heavy flight schedule in the months ahead.

The sleighs themselves are nearly flight-ready. There are 12 of them. They are being washed and waxed. Some are being loaded with weights. Others are being installed with special tracking equipment. No two sleighs are alike in how they are outfitted.

The test pilots are in flight school. They are receiving simulator training. Some are already reviewing their flight mission notes with assigned locations and test procedures they must follow.

Some sleighs are being flight tested over the water for the next week or so. I’m not sure the nature of those flights but they are very limited. Some of those flights are just to get the reindeer used to being used with this model of the sleigh.

And no – Santa will not be involved in the test flights. He rarely is at this point in the season.

We will keep you posted. And you can now keep your eye on  the map.

Conference Agenda Released

Hello elves! No sooner did the big Tracker Elf Conference get announced then a meeting was held today to set it all up. As a result, you can now see the conference agenda.

We are releasing this a month in advance so that you can prepare. How do you do that?

1. Review all tracker elf training materials and make a list of questions.
2. Match your questions to the presentation where you think it will best fit. (Although any of our experts will be glad to take any question you have).

Each presentation at the conference will be about 10-15 minutes long. The remaining time after each speaker is meant for you to ask questions. That open discussion is where most elves learn the most stuff.

It is very important that you ask questions at the conference. We want every elf to be aware and to understand.

Also be looking for LOTS of new training material to be introduced around the time of the Conference. We have elves working on that stuff now and we will begin releasing new training information around the 10th of July this year, just in advance of the Conference.

Exclusive Tracking of Test Flights

Greetings, Elves!

We have received some important news today from North Pole Flight Command. The tracking of the test flights of Santa’s Sleigh will be available exclusively right here on SantaTrackers.net and it will be made available for Tracking Elves alone for training purposes.

Flight Command has not yet said WHEN the map will be activated but it is expected to be very soon – like within just a few days.

Santa’s sleigh has so far only seen very limited testing. According to flight command the sleigh design was approved by Santa weeks ago and the first prototype models have been built. Reindeer from Santa’s ranches around the world have been summoned and flight teams are being assembled now.

But the schedule of test flights is still underdevelopment as of this report. We should know soon, I’m being told, from the team at Flight Command.

This is all new territory for us. Usually test flights of Santa’s sleigh do not get underway until August at the earliest. That has all changed this year for some reason.

The tracking of those flights have never been open before beyond the North Pole. So to get it now will be a real aid to new tracker elves who do not know what the map looks like.

We are told that test flights, at least at first, will be focused on certain sectors  a week at a time. That information is also new as it has not been the practice of Flight Command to reveal the strategy behind test flight locations.

This information will prove useful to tracker elves who want to plan their use of the tracking data.

As I get more information, I will share it with you.

Elf Recruiting Starts Up

Elf recruiting is about to become a big deal, guys. I’ve been in a lot of meetings and there will be a lot of talk about this going forward. And I mean a lot.

It is a strange thing, if you ask me. It’s only June. Most people aren’t even thinking of Christmas. What’s more, Santa has not yet told us what our recruiting goal is this year. He usually does that in July, or at least he has for the last several years.

Maybe he will do it sooner this year. I do not really know. Everything else seems to be happening sooner this year, so why not Santa’s big announcement?

Anyway, regardless – getting new elves is going to become important.

How do you recruit new elves where you are? Well, that’s something we will be talking about for months. We know that no matter how hard we work it seems the most new-elf sign-ups happen in that last week before Christmas. That is not ideal. It means just a short period of training time for those elves who just sign up.

We know it is a much better experience if they sign up sometime before Christmas so they can get trained and have the fun that tracker elves usually have. But, it’s up to them.

Think about your friends. Think about your family. Heck, think about your parents. They need to become tracker elves, too. I’ll tell you right now it takes a lot more time for parents to train as tracker elves. So you might just want to start working on them now.

Keep an eye out from an elf named Flip Beanz. He’s a numbers guy. It’s his job to keep track of and to report on the number of tracker elves we have. I think his first report of the season is coming out in the next couple of weeks. He’ll tell us what the score is.

Also, your Elf Supervisor will be talking a lot more about this this year.

Flight Command On the Move

Flight Command is on the move, Elves. Heads up.

In the past couple of weeks we have seen flight command announce all the new regional tracking centers and they have informed us of the very first test flights of Santa’s new sleigh.

I’ve got it on good authority that there is a lot more news that will be breaking this week – well, really through Christmas in July. There is a LOT going on and it is going to impact us.

We will be doing some things different this year in regards to training. Over at SantaUpdate.com, and hear on SantaTrackers.net, where we have the availability of Kringle Radio year round, they will be re-broadcasting the Tracking Santa Around the World radio broadcast. But that is not all. At the same time, they will be adding tracking data to the map here at SantaTrackers.net. It will give you a good idea of what tracking Santa looks like on Christmas Eve if you’ve never been here before to see it.

In fact, there will be a number of announcements about tracker training and the map here on Santa Trackers will be a big part of it.

I’ve asked all Sector supervisor elves to begin posting new by sector starting at least with Leon Day and thru Christmas in July. That will help you to get to know them. All will be posting news here — and some may be posting in their groups.

All of this is being driven by news from North Pole Flight Command. You will want to bookmark that site and keep an eye on it for breaking news.

Thanks.

How to Get in Trouble as an Elf

Some have recently sent in the question “Where did Elf So-and-So go?”

Well, I’ll tell ya. You don’t see them on the Elf Chat or the Elf Wall or on the Elf Map because they got busted. They didn’t leave, they got busted. They broke the only real rule we have: BE NICE.

That’s just too hard for some elves.

I don’t know what more we can do to make it clear. You are taught it in learning the Elf Code. You swear to it when you take the Elf Oath. Elf Max has warned about it a couple of times.

Well, you know who the elf executioner is? Me. Elf Moe. Head of the North Pole Complaint Department. It always comes to me and, well, I’m an impatient elf.

This is how you get in trouble or get banned from being an elf:

  1. Boss other elves around.
  2. Assume you are an important elf and try to do jobs that are not yours to do.
  3. Brag you are an elf.
  4. Never take a shower. (Ewwwwww)
  5. Use bad words
  6. Be mean
  7. Lie
  8. Steal
  9. Cheat
  10. Pretend you are Santa
  11. Take the wings off flies
  12. Call other elves names
  13. Speak ill of the reindeer
  14. Use a hair dryer on a snowman
  15. Lick the frosting off of sugar cookies
  16. Set the Christmas tree on fire
  17. Use super glue in the Wrapping Department
  18. Litter from the sleigh
  19. Post bad pictures
  20. Say someone is on the naughty list
  21. Put salt in the sugar shaker
  22. Drink the last of the eggnog
  23. Stuff spiders in stockings
  24. Tell Mrs. Claus that Santa says she is fat
  25. Tease Rudolph

Now, guys, I don’t want to ban you and you don’t want to be banned.

But let’s make one thing perfectly clear: if you get banned you’re never coming back. It’s a one-way ticket. If you can’t act like an elf, you can’t be an elf.

I hope this is the last time this needs to be discussed. We have lost some pretty good elves recently who just could not be nice. It has nothing to do with Santa. In fact, Santa won’t even hear about it if I had my way.

He needs elves. But he needs people who are ready to BE elves.

Okay?