OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Transport Canada is pleased that Santa and
his sleigh have successfully passed the pre-flight inspection process
and been cleared for take-off. As of today all of Santa's paperwork has
been approved, his cargo has been checked, loaded and balanced, and his
flight plan has been filed. Santa Claus and his reindeer are expected
to leave the North Pole on time and with all toys on board.
Like every good pilot, Santa underwent an annual physical required for
all pilots who want to get and keep their license. Despite his
notorious sweet tooth and hectic schedule, we are pleased to say that
he passed with flying colours. While Mrs. Claus was confident Santa
would pass, some of his elves were a little more concerned. One
anonymous elf went so far as to email us this morning to say:
"Sure he does his exercises - he even makes us do them with him - but he
also sneaks cookies and candies behind Mrs. Claus' back," he said. "We
were really worried he wasn't going to pass his physical this year but
all his sit-ups and early morning jogs around the North Pole have kept
him in top shape!"
During his annual flight tests Santa once again wowed Transport Canada
with his keen ability gained through years of flying in the worst
possible weather conditions! The pilot with him on his check ride was
even heard to be asking Santa for his tips and tricks for take-offs and
landings in urban centres and flying in whiteout conditions, so that he
could pass them along to all his pilot friends.
Earlier this month one lucky inspector got to travel to Santa's secret
North Pole facility to conduct an inspection of Santa's operation,
including everything from his training records to the landing gear of
his sleigh. The inspector also reminded Santa of how important it is to
rest before flying and to complete all his pre-flight checks (including
looking for ice build-ups, checking that Rudolph's nose is shining
bright and making sure any elves onboard are informed about safety
Finally, just this morning, Santa passed his final pre-flight take off
inspection and his great gift bag full of presents for boys and girls
was checked using the latest screening technology to make sure it was
safe, secure and ready for delivery.
Before shutting down his mobile device for his evening flight, Santa
made one last call to tell us how much he enjoys living in Canada
because of all the well behaved children and our country's continued
commitment to aviation safety. For a busy man like Santa knowing that
Canada has one of the best aviation safety records in the world and
that Transport Canada is looking out for him means he has one less
thing to worry about on the busiest day of his year.
With all his inspections passed, his paperwork in order and his flight
plan filed, millions of children across Canada can close their eyes and
sleep tight tonight knowing that Santa is ready to start his
Boys and girls can follow Santa as he makes his way across the planet
through the NORAD Tracks Santa website at www.noradsanta.org/.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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