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.