Millions love to track Santa each and every year. Unfortunately, many who do so get information about Santa’s travels from inaccurate sources.
We remind all trackers that the only reliable information about Santa, his whereabouts and what he is going through can only be found on authorized North Pole websites…such as this one.
The North Pole Flight Command Center provides accurate and timely data to SantaUpdate.com, TrackingSanta.net and SantaTrackers.net through THIS webiste.
Some people like to use data provided by search engines, military websites, weather websites, local news broadcasts, etc. That’s fine. But just realize that none of those are authorized websites and they may (and probably do) contain erroneous information.
There is no bigger team of elves at the North Pole Flight Command Center than those elves working the weather department.
It is their job to know the weather before Santa gets to any one part of the world.
It is a tougher job than it appears. They just can’t go look up the weather on the Internet.
They rely on realtime data from elves on the ground to do their work. We call these elves tracker elves. They come from SantaTrackers.net. Like all elves they are volunteers.
All of these elves work to tell Santa what is going on. They also need to know what WILL be going on when it really counts: Christmas Eve.
So far the weather elves at Flight Command are very optimistic about how the weather is shaping up for Christmas Eve. There will be places with bad weather, of course, but so far they don’t see anything major on their radars.
It is a rare thing to be an elf. It is an even more rare thing to be a test pilot elf.
There are not many of them. All year long they fly the skies of the world working on improving Santa’s sleigh. They log thousands and thousands of hours in different sleighs, helping Santa in their own way to get around the world.
These special elves do not have a glamourous job. They work hard away from the North Pole most of the year and by the time Santa climbs into the shiny new sleigh each year that has been thoroughly tested the test pilot elves spend their Christmas on the ground, away from the action that helped to create.
It takes many years to become a test pilot elf.
In order to become a test pilot elf you first have to prove yourself as an elf. That means doing a good job doing something besides flying sleighs.
There is a lot of training you have to take. A test pilot elf has to be good at math. A test pilot elf has to be an expert with flying reindeer. That’s a very rare skill.
If you get accepted into the test pilot elf program at the North Pole you have to take a lot of classes for a long, long time. You have to understand sleigh engineering, aerodynamics, and Christmas spirit.
Once you are in the program you have to compete with other test pilots for flight time. Those elves who fly the sleighs the most are considered the best sleigh test pilots in the world.
Test piloting a sleigh is demanding, sometimes lonely work.
But Santa loves the contribution they make to Christmas. He says he cannot do his job without them doing their jobs.
Besides the reindeer games this is a big week for map training at the North Pole.
Santa very famously announced an ambitious goal earlier this year of recruiting more than 6 million new tracker elves via SantaTrackers.net. These elves are critical to the success of Santa’s flight and they send in a lot of information.
This affects the flight of Santa in several ways. With each report sent in by a track more and more information goes into the map that Santa sees. He uses that information to decide where to go to next on his flight.
This week, with more and more new trackers on board, the elves at the North Pole Flight Command Center are working on how to put their information into the map that Santa sees.
Will it change the big map you see on Christmas Eve as you track Santa with us?
It is a big day for reindeer at the North Pole. Today thousands of reindeer learn where they will be serving Santa on Christmas Eve.
Did you know that reindeer are actually elves? Anyone who works for Santa and Christmas is an elf. Even a reindeer.
You know all of Santa’s reindeer that he flies with on his sleigh by heart. You know their names. But there are thousands of reindeer whose names you do not know. They fly on Christmas Eve as well, just not pulling sleighs with Santa inside of them.
They may work as scouts. They may work on sleighs moving different elves around the world. They may transport things to and from Santa’s sleigh. They may be checking out weather or testing the skies in other places for Santa. There are literally thousands of assignments that need to be filled.
They gladly do it, too.
Our job in North Pole Flight Command is to help them. We track them, we schedule them, we make sure they are safe in their duties.