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Santa releases his flight path

Air traffic controller Les Haynes shows Santa the route he will take when he flies through Australian airspace on Christmas Eve.
Air traffic controller Les Haynes shows Santa the route he will take when he flies through Australian airspace on Christmas Eve. Supplied

WITH only four days until Christmas, Airservices air traffic controllers are making their final preparations for Santa's flight through Australian skies.

Santa and his elves are working very hard this year to make Christmas extra special and to make sure it all runs smoothly, he has teamed up with Airservices to help guide him around Australia to delivers presents.

This year Santa will fly with greater accuracy than ever before using satellite-based technology.

This will help ensure Santa will be able to get to all places he needs to visit by the most direct, safest and efficient route without tiring out the reindeer.

Airservices has tested and calibrated the equipment on Santa's sleigh to ensure he won't miss visiting any houses.

While his sleigh was being tested by Airservices technical officers, Santa visited the Melbourne Air Traffic Services Centre to meet the air traffic controllers, technicians and fire fighters who will be on duty on Christmas Eve.

He discussed his flight plan with the air traffic controllers in the en route control room and control tower, inspected the technical operations centre and stopped by the Airservices Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting station to be briefed on the emergency procedures in the unlikely event of an accident.

You can see a video of Santa's planned flight path and his visit to Airservices in Melbourne to the right.

 

How to track Santa

• Airservices 2011 website
• Airservices tracks Santa
• AirservicesTV
• AirservicesNews

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