Historic news was announced at North Pole Flight Command today for Sector 3, which covers the continents of Africa and Europe. South Africa’s city of Bethlehem will host the first-ever regional tracking center in Africa.
Bethlehem, South Africa, joins Bethlehem, Palestine, this year as hosts for their sectors. This is the first time in history two regional centers have been hosted by cities of the same name, and two cities that bear some connection to Christmas.
It is winter in South Africa, just as it is winter in Australia in Sector 1, as well as winter in Milagro, Ecuador in Sector 4. That means each of those regional tracking centers will be in summer mode when Santa actually takes flight. This is a significant operational decision, one that bodes well for the support of Santa’s flight. Sometimes regional centers working during winter months suffer issues due to weather that affect their abilities to offer support to Santa.
With this announcement our focus now turns to the following for each sector:
- The readiness of each location
- The elf leadership communication from each sector
- The tracking of test flights of Santa’s sleigh
- The first test of new reporting expectations of tracker elves
Pay close attention in the coming weeks, elves. There will be a lot of news and some new opportunities to serve the cause of Santa.