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Santa’s Bi-annual Flight Review

Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the FAA to keep current in his flying skills. It was shortly before Christmas when the FAA Examiner arrived for Santa’s bi-annual flight review. In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe all the reindeer. Santa got his logbook out and made sure all his paperwork was in order. The examiner slowly walked around the sled. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolph's nose. He painstakingly reviewed Santa's weight and balance calculations for the sled's enormous payload.

Finally, they were ready for the check-ride. Santa got in, fastened his seatbelt and shoulder harness and checked the compass. Then the examiner hopped in, carrying a shotgun.

"What's that for?" asked Santa incredulously.

The examiner winked and said, "I'm not supposed to tell you this, but you’re going to lose an engine on takeoff."