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I once saw a great Xmas card which had Santa in his sleigh and an examiner in the other seat with a shotgun, saying:


"And after takeoff, I'll fail one engine...."


I'll be in Bonnie Scotland for the holiday and I'll raise a glass or two of scotch (no water!) to you all. May the best of the season last all year for you!



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I believe that the story goes like this..., and maybe we've all been there!



Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the Federal

Aviation Administration, and the FAA examiner arrived last week for

the pre-Christmas flight check.


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. He knew they would examine all his equipment and truly

put Santa's flying skills to the test...


The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the reindeer

harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolf's nose. He painstakingly

reviewed Santa's weight and balance calculations for sled's enormous



Finally, they were ready for the checkride. Santa got in and

fastened his seatbelt and shoulder harness and checked the compass.

Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa's surprise, a shotgun.


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


The examiner winked and said, "I'm not supposed to tell you this

ahead of time," as he leaned over to whisper in Santa's ear, "but

you're gonna lose an engine on takeoff."

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