Santa Receives Waiver to Operate in the DC Region
December 23, 2009 — Following an urgent request received from “way up north,” EAA has helped ensure that a certain Jolly Old Elf has proper authorization to operate in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) on December 24-25. Just in the St. Nick of time, EAA received word on Tuesday, December 22, from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it has granted a waiver for Santa Claus to operate in that restricted airspace.
“After hours of deliberation, the TSA has approved the waiver for aircraft registered under NP-HOHO,” reads a letter received from Brian Delauter, TSA’s general aviation general manager. The official waiver, FRZ Waiver#: GOV-12/25, is for the North Pole Sleigh Express to operate within the DC FRZ “for the purpose of transporting Christmas Gifts to children in the Washington DC Metro Area.” Read the full waiver here. Merry Christmas!
In a related story, the FAA has given Santa the green light for his annual Christmas Eve flight.