Santa Claus – Flight Plan Cleared by Transport Canada

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Tracking Santa Claus started in 1958

Santa along with his special helpers from the RCAF and RCMP
Santa along with his special helpers from the RCAF and RCMP

NORTH POLE – Good news for children of all ages. Santa Claus has been cleared by Transport Canada for his Christmas Eve sleigh ride. Santa’s flight plan is approved and his secret itinerary has been shared with all countries.

Earlier Thursday, Santa successfully renewed his commercial pilot license and passed his annual medical examination. In fact, Santa aced his test. Proving that studying is important at all ages.

“I would like to commend Santa and his elves for their extraordinary service to children in Canada and around the world. Santa does not shy away from hard work. He insists on yearly license renewal and always keeps up to date on the latest safety regulations. He has shown us that by investing in innovation and clean technologies we can achieve a safe, secure and efficient transportation system” says The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

Added Safety on Santa’s Sleigh

Santa installed state-of-the-art back-up cameras on his sleigh. The cameras are entirely powered by renewable energy: reindeer trot motion! With HD infrared lights for night vision and 130 degree angle view, Santa and his flight crew can now keep an eye on all the presents and back-up without any fear of slipping off a narrow roof.

Transport Canada has reissued a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Santa’s drone. The drone’s onboard camera will help Santa and Rudolf navigate in remote areas much more easily. Santa will be assisted by second officer in command Elf Dronita who will act as a remote observer, keeping the drone in sight at all times to ensure it maintains a safe distance from other aircraft. Santa is also testing the efficiency of drone gift delivery, an area he’d like to explore further in the future.

Minister Garneau would like to remind Canadians to keep drones inside after dark: a drone that is not part of Santa’s fleet could easily spook the reindeer or at worst, cause a collision with the sleigh or other aircraft.