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The continued safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority which is why we have implemented enhanced wellbeing measures which includes all customers aged 11 and above wearing face masks.
There is an exemption to the requirement for a face covering for customers with medical grounds, such as respiratory difficulties. If you meet the exemption requirements, you may be asked to present supporting government documentation
This is one element of a series of enhanced wellbeing measures we have implemented which include:
We look forward to welcoming you on board.
Guernsey Girl's Wings
There is no such thing as a usual day for 25-year-old Natalie Grainger. The former Guernsey resident is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and has a tour of Afghanistan under her belt, flying the Sea King MK4.
Having returned from Afghanistan, Natalie is currently training on the Merlin MK3, the future helicopter of Commando Helicopter Force (CHF). She is based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, where she has shared some of her experiences with Blue Skies.
Natalie has navy blood running through her veins. Her father served 22 years in the Royal Navy as a Petty Ofﬁcer and her mother spent time in the Merchant Navy.
I woke up one day and decided that after thinking about the Navy for a while I would phone up. It rolled from there really, I had no idea how I'd have everything needed to be a pilot, but the careers ofﬁcer made the suggestion and I've not looked back since
The Lieutenant began her naval career at 19 years old with 10 months' ofﬁcer training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. She learnt to pilot small boats, spent six weeks at sea and was assessed on her leadership skills. During this time she also completed a 13-hour initial ﬂying course in a single engine small plane. Of the eight pilots that joined Natalie in Dartmouth, only she and one other completed the course.
In Dartmouth, Natalie was also lucky enough to be inspected on parade by the Queen.
At RAF Cranwell she completed basic ﬂying training alongside the Army Air Corps and Royal Air Force students, with about 80 hours ﬂying a single engine plane. It was at RAF Shawbury she learnt to ﬂy helicopters, initially on a single engine helicopter. The Lieutenant was selected to ﬂy the Sea King MK4 and moved to RNAS Yeovilton to complete the seven-month helicopter conversion course.
During the course we went to Scotland to complete mountain ﬂying, deck training onboard HMS Illustrious and spent a week living in the ﬁeld, where the ﬁnal assessment was made." In December 2011 Natalie was presented with her wings and awarded the Rolls Royce trophy for best student.
The day I ofﬁcially became a 'Junglie' was the best day oif my life, especially having my family and friends there,
In close second was being part of the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2012, with almost 30,000 spectators. I was part of the 'Junglie Role Demo' involving eight Sea Kings, a Lynx, Apache, Merlin MK1, two Hawks, Royal Marines on the ground and big explosions.
In close third was being part of the formation that took the Olympic torch into the Tower of London. I drew the short straw, so was unfortunately in the reserve aircraft that wasn't called upon, but we were there and ready to go if required.
In January 2012, after joining 846 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Natalie was sent to Norway to complete her arctic training. Initially this involved completing the cold weather survival course, ﬁve days surviving outdoor temperatures between -20 and -30 degrees.
Norway was the most challenging environment I've ever ﬂown in. The weather is so changeable, one minute it's ﬁne the next you're in the middle of a snowstorm and have to land, when you can't see 10 metres in front of the aircraft. 'In California I completed my desert environmental training, a pre-requisite before being cleared to ﬂy in Afghanistan. We spent six weeks ﬂying in temperatures of 40 degrees and above. Landing in a dust cloud is extremely challenging and the correct technique must be mastered and practised
Last December, Natalie was able to land in her beloved Guernsey during a routine training sortie.
Although we didn't have time to shut down, I jumped out to see my parents before shooting off again. It was such an amazing day. I posted on Facebook for people to look out for me and many waved as we landed and took off. Safe to say I didn't need to use a map to ﬁnd my way to the airport." Natalie was deployed to Afghanistan from January to April 2013. "I can't say too much about my time there, but I'm glad I got to go and do my bit. Spending the last four years in training I wanted to go there and say that I did something for those injured or who had lost their lives out there.
Now back in the UK at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, Natalie is concentrating on her training on the Merlin MK3.
I like to think my family are proud of me, I think they found it hard when I was in Afghanistan, but we spoke once a week and they sent parcels with Guernsey goodies, even a Guernsey Gâche, which went down very well.
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