We’re Making Santa’s Flight Plan…And Checking it Twice!

December 20, 2016 | Author: Lindsay Takemoto

He’s the world’s most experienced pilot, with thousands of around-the world flights under his extra-extra-large belt. They sing songs and write poems about his annual treks from the North Pole to millions of waypoints around the world. His unique flying machine relies on reindeer-power instead of horsepower. His flight suit is red. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so finding the best flight services is a piece of cake (with a glass of milk).

“He,” of course, is Santa Claus and this year he’s flying with GoDirect – Honeywell’s unique suite of flight services and applications that make flying in a business jet (or miniature sleigh) safer, more efficient and a lot more comfortable. With Honeywell’s help, Santa would be sure to make all his deliveries before the sun rises Christmas morning.

GoDirect Flight Services wraps up the help pilots like Santa need in one big package. Whether you’re flying one night a year or every day, to one stop or a few million, GoDirect Flight Services takes the hassle out of flying. Our seasoned professionals are like your own team of elves and are available anytime and anywhere you need them.

GoDirect Flight Planning takes the heavy weight of flight planning off Santa’s shoulders (he’s got enough to carry!) We can do the same for you. We use aircraft-specific performance data to create the perfect flight plan, whether you’re heading home for the holidays or chasing that next big business opportunity.

Santa can’t afford to get behind schedule; neither can you. Our GoDirect Flight Tracking lets you display your progress on a real-time digital map display, while GoDirect Flight Following gives you a second set of eyes to watch out for winter storms and traffic delays. GoDirect Graphical Weather shows potential weather problems on an easy-to-follow cockpit display while our Weather Information Service app makes sure you have the latest data at your fingertips, on your tablet or smartphone.

For experienced pilots like St. Nick, there’s no substitute for our premium service. GoDirect Flight Sentinel uses the latest route-management techniques to keep you on the right route and help you avoid bad weather and other complications. Flight Sentinel proactively monitors Santa’s position and flight progress, keeping him looped-in from runners-up to runners-down. It can do the same for aircraft with wheels.

Sometimes Christmas lists change at the last minute, so Santa needs to stay in touch using the best, most reliable inflight Wi-Fi service. Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware lets him connect to the Jet ConneX Ka-band satellite network, which provides the best-available connected aircraft solution wherever he flies, even across the ocean. With GoDirect he’s also got the applications he needs to maintain a reliable satellite connection, find and fix problems, and reduce connectivity costs. Even Santa’s on a budget these days.

As he prepares for his annual Christmas Eve trek, Santa’s turning to Honeywell to ease his workload and make his international flight trouble free. To kids all over the world: “You’re welcome.” And if you happen to catch a glimpse of Santa this year, ask him about the remote-control airplane we asked for in 1985.

Making Santa’s Flight Plan

Lindsay Norman

Lindsay Takemoto

Lindsay Takemoto is a Senior Specialist in the Marcom division of Honeywell Aerospace. She joined Honeywell in August of 2015 and has a background in communications, digital marketing and social media. Previous roles include destination marketing and healthcare communications. She studied at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

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