FAA Clears Santa's Flight Path
Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 05:10 PM
The U.S. DOT announced today that that "FAA safety inspectors have cleared Santa One -- the world's only known reindeer powered aircraft.
According to the DOT: "This year, Santa’s flight will be the safest and most successful one yet thanks to the NextGen technology used by North Pole International Airport. Rudolph’s red nose features gumdrop-enhanced avionics to make it ten times brighter and easier to track, even in the heavy snowfalls experienced at the Pole. And air traffic control will keep Santa safely separated from other aircraft by having him fly at a cruising altitude of 50,000 feet. That’s higher than commercial aircraft fly. They’ll also be tracking him using Candy Cane Satellite Surveillance-Broadcast, an enhancement of the FAA’s satellite-based system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast."