The 2020 Flightradar24 Santa tracker is live! Just in time for Christmas, Santa’s sleigh is out of the workshop and upgraded with the latest ADS-B transponder and elf-designed cabin interior for a long night’s work. Rudolph’s
anti-collision beacon red nose has received a polish as well. With the work complete, Santa is ready for tracking on Flightradar24.com or in the Flightradar24 iOS and Android app!
How to use our Santa tracker
To track Santa on Flightradar24, visit our special Santa tracking link, or search SANTA, HOHOHO or R3DNO53. This year we’re tracking Santa with a mix of terrestrial and satellite-based ADS-B coverage. Fortunately, Santa was able to extend the reach of his transponder by using the reindeer antlers as additional antenna.
Track Santa in 3D by pressing the 3D button next in the bottom left corner of flight info box on the web or in the app.
Based on filed flight plans, Santa is warming up his reindeer and ensuring the sleigh is peak condition for his Christmas Eve deliveries. He is currently scheduled to depart the North Pole around 04:00 UTC on the 24th to make his way to the first houses.
Santa Aviation Facts and Figures
Santa’s sleigh is an unique 9-engine Rangifer tarandus registered HOHOHO (MSN 2020). At 1,749 years old, it’s the oldest active airframe in the world. While the sleigh is ancient, new navigation equipment and a ninth power plant were added a number of years ago on an instrument flight rules-conditions Christmas Eve due to fog, allowing the sleigh to reach hypersonic speeds in less than a second. To enable Santa to check in with air traffic control, ICAO has issued the type designation SLEI.
Happy tracking and a merry Christmas to all!