NORAD Preparing to Escort Santa into Canada

By Sarah Klein

NORAD Tracks SantaGet ready to track Santa’s flight, kids. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced its escort pilots to help guide Santa in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Penney and Captain David Chamberlin of 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., and Captain Yannick Jobin and Captain Dave Patrick of 3 Wing Bagotville, Que., will take on the responsibility of welcoming Santa when he arrives in Canada for his annual Christmas Eve journey, a news release said.

Santa intends to begin his journey at 6 a.m. EST on December 24 and enter North America off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Children can receive updates on Santa’s Christmas Eve journey by calling the traditional “NORAD Tracks Santa” telephone hotline at 1-877-HI NORAD, or by e-mailing NORAD at Last year, the NORAD Tracks Santa website received millions of visitors from hundreds of countries and territories around the world. Volunteers answered more than 73,000 phone calls and over 6,000 e-mails from children around the globe.