Santa visits Airservices before his big flight this Christmas Eve.
Santa visits Airservices before his big flight this Christmas Eve. Airservices Australia

Santa will be on his way and you can track him right here

AIRSERVICES has released a video showing the flight path that Santa will take on Christmas Eve.

And for the first time, Australia's provider of air traffic control services has received a helping hand from a group of Aussie kids.

The four Santa Commanders - Toby (12), Bella (12), Jackson (9) and Imogen (7) worked closely with Airservices to put the finishing touches on Santa's final flight path that will enable him to visit more than nine million homes.

 

 

Airservices Santa Commanders 2015: Jackson, Imogen, Bella, Jackson, check out Airservices ultra-large fire trucks.
Airservices Santa Commanders 2015: Jackson, Imogen, Bella, Jackson, check out Airservices ultra-large fire trucks. Airservices Australia

The release of the official flight path follows the submission of Santa's flight plan last week that allowed air traffic controllers and the 'Santa Commanders' to finalise where he enters our skies and leaves, along with the time he will arrive and depart.

 

Airservices Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Greg Hood, said that everyone at Airservices had been working hard to ensure Santa's flight goes safely and efficiently.

"This year Santa is sticking to a flight path he's used previously which sees him enter Australia via the south and make use of Australia's different time zones to zig zag his way across the country.

"Santa has also conducted a test flight to Melbourne to ensure all his navigation equipment is working correctly and he will be able to be safely monitored by controllers while he's flying through Australian skies on Christmas Eve.

"The Santa Commanders have worked side by side with our team to see just what's involved in making sure his visit is safe and successful".

The Santa Commanders have also allocated Santa the call sign of 'SLEIGHRIDER 1' and issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to warn all other aircraft flying on Christmas Eve-one of the busiest nights of the year-to keep clear of Santa on his present-delivering mission.

"Our staff around the country, together with our crew of Santa Commanders, have been working hard behind-the-scenes in ensuring that Santa's flight will go as safely and efficiently as planned while making sure that all those travelling to visit family and friends on Christmas Eve are also kept safe in our skies," Mr Hood said.

Follow the Santa Commanders for regular updates on their experience in the lead up to Christmas Eve at www.facebook.com/airservicessanta


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