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JH Airport Prepares for Santa’s Arrival (feature)

December 24, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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It may be Wyoming’s busiest airport, but that won’t interfere with Santa’s special flight into Jackson Hole tonight  Airport manager Ray Bishop says all the proper flight plans have been filed and clearance has been granted for his annual trip to the valley.  Bishop says, “We’ve got the priority for Santa Claus to come in and all of the airspace is clear and we’re ready – we’ve got the radar working [and] we’ve got the tower people eager to see him.” In fact, Bishop says the jolly man has already begun his trip in other time zones on the other side of the world.  Bishop says Santa’s sleigh is outfitted with the required Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS), addressing the top priority on the FAA’s safety agenda – preventing accidental flight into mountains and other terrain. Additional avionics include a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System transponder (TCAS), even though it is not currently required for cargo sleigh-craft.  However, Bishop says all of this modern instrumentation aside, Santa’s experience as a truly seasoned pilot will assure his trip is a safe one. Bishop reminds that Santa has been doing this for “a long, long, long time.”   Says Bishop:  “Even before there were airplanes, we’ve had Santa Claus; so he knows the airspace, he knows the airport and he knows the valley’s airspace.”  Bishop says the airport staff sends its wishes for the community and the area’s visitors for a very special Christmas and look forward to serving them in the New Year.  Meanwhile, children wishing to monitor Santa’s fight tonight may do so at http://www.noradsanta.org.

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