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A Merry Christmas to readers, flying or not. As stormy weather in Norway blows dustbins and other objects around on Christmas Eve, Santa’s traditional method of travel is assured. The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartstilsynet) approved his flight permit application this year. Sleigh ‘Santa One’ was officially cleared for takeoff, ascent, cruise, descent, and landing on 18 December.

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A Merry Christmas to readers, flying or not

Published on Tuesday, 24th December, 2013 at 10:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As stormy weather in Norway blows dustbins and other objects around on Christmas Eve, Santa’s traditional method of travel is assured.

Santa at the Norwegian CAA
Santa at the Norwegian CAA
Photo: CAA Norway


The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartstilsynet) approved his flight permit application this year.

Sleigh ‘Santa One’ was officially cleared for takeoff, ascent, cruise, descent, and landing on 18 December.

This means ATC’s (Air Traffic Control) tasks now officially include taking account of an extra goods-carrying aircraft following permission for the 23 to 25 December period.

Nevertheless, the bureaucrats have not always granted permission for flight in Norway-controlled airspace.

“I have had a US permit the last few years, and my sleigh was technically approved there in 2010. But I certainly wanted to set a good example, so that’s why I submitted an application for a flight traffic permit to very many countries, including Norway,” the CAA Norway quoted him as saying in their press release (external link, in Norwegian).

Director Stein Erik Nodeland added that Santa’s application was processed according to standard procedure, however.

“Santa Claus, just like any others, had to document he met aviation legislation requirements. He has done this, and our decision also follows the US government's practice in recent years,” he stated.

And all those who like getting presents will also be pleased to know that Ministry of Transport and Communications officials did not contest subsidiary the CAA’s decision.

“So now I just have to adhere to what is stated in the permit, pack the gifts in the sleigh, and do as good a job as possible. I'm certain that many adults and children will be very happy that I can travel around with packages this year too,” concluded Santa.

The CAA’s approval can be read here (external link, in Norwegian).

All of us at The Foreigner would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.



Published on Tuesday, 24th December, 2013 at 10:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaychristmas, santaclaus.





  
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