FAA, NORAD Support Holiday Season


The FAA and NORAD both are doing their part to keep an eye on Santa’s Christmas deliveries this week. NORAD’s site features games, movies, music, and of course, on Christmas Eve, live tracking of Santa’s route around the globe. The FAA is promoting NextGen at its Christmas site, saying the system “helps Santa deliver presents more efficiently.” The website features puzzles and stories for kids and a copy of Santa’s approved flight plan. The FAA explains to kids how three satellites — labeled Rudolph 1, 2, and 3 — help to keep Santa’s sleigh on track.

Norad has been tracking Santa every year since 1955. All of that effort has led to this conclusion, according to the website, in response to those who doubt their mission: “Mountains of historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information leads us to believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world.”