Coming next year, Santa delivers presents to kids using his new Chevy Volt.

Santa flight cleared to great acclaim; NextGen makes mission safer, quieter, more fuel-efficient — US DOT

We were all children once, and we know how wonderful it is to wake up on Christmas morning and see presents underneath the tree. That’s why air traffic controllers, inspectors, and technicians at the Federal Aviation Administration have been working overtime to make sure the sleigh and the flight plan are cleared for Santa’s important annual flight.

And today, I’m pleased to let everyone know that Santa One has indeed been cleared for takeoff on Christmas Eve.

“We’ve been working overtime with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves to make sure his flight plan is in order and Santa One is working properly,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We want to make sure Santa has a safe flight around the world, and that the children receive their presents.” [...]

And what could be better than a cleared flight for Santa One? One that is safer, quieter, and more fuel-efficient than ever thanks to NextGen technology.

NextGen allows Santa to deliver those presents with improved safety, accuracy and reliability to children who are good for goodness’ sake. The FAA is hard at work simplifying air routes around our nation’s busy areas through Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), enabling Santa to fly Santa One using radar or satellite coverage. It allows Team Santa to fly shorter, more direct routes, which reduces flight time and carrot consumption by Rudolph and the other reindeer.

HT: Jay