Prince to fly for air ambulance

Photo: SAC Faye Storer/PA WirePhoto: SAC Faye Storer/PA Wire
Photo: SAC Faye Storer/PA Wire
Prince William will be flying in the skies of Bedfordshire after taking up a role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The Duke of Cambridge will start work with the EAAA in spring 2015.

He will start as a co-pilot but, after a period of training, will be qualified to fly as a helicopter commander.

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The job will be the Duke’s primary occupation, but his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake as a member of the Royal Family. He will also continue his work with his patronages and with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

And he will donate his entire salary to charity.

Mr Andrew Egerton Smith MBE, Chairman of EAAA, said “Having the Duke of Cambridge as one of our pilots is marvellous news as he brings much experience to the charity after his successful career as a search and rescue pilot.”

The Duke will begin training for his Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) in September, which is estimated to take a minimum of five months to complete. Training for the ATPL (H) will culminate in 14 examinations and a flight test.

During his time as a search and rescue pilot he undertook more than 150 operations.