Air Ambulance Career for Prince William

Prince William is set to begin a new career up in the skies as an air ambulance emergency response pilot.

Famous for his love of flying, the former RAF search and rescue pilot will join the East Anglican Air Ambulance (EAAA) next spring.

A palace spokesman said: “The job will build on the Duke’s operational experience in the Royal Air Force search and rescue force. During this time he undertook more than 150 search and rescue operations.”

Although the Duke of Cambridge is undoubtedly an experienced pilot, he still faces a rigorous training programme. Starting employment as a co-pilot, he will need to train for an air transport pilot licence, followed by specialised emergency response training.

In total, he will receive five months training, and need to pass 14 exams and a flight test.

The EAAA has two air ambulances operating in the area, with three pilots based in Norwich and three in Cambridge. Together with the pilot, a doctor and a paramedic travel in the helicopter to all manner of accidents and emergencies.

As a charity, the EAAA hope that the Duke’s work with them will help to raise their public profile.

Patrick Peal, chief executive of the EAAA, said: “We’re very fortunate that we currently enjoy tremendous levels of support, but fundraising is always a challenge – we’re looking to raise £7.5million a year to continue the lifesaving work – and I’m sure that this will help to raise the profile of the charity. We’re looking forward to him being part of the team.”

It is believed that he is to be the first member of the royal family in direct succession to the throne to sign an employment contract with a civilian employer.

The Prince, who at 32 is second in line to the throne, plans to donate his salary to charity, and will have to fit his full-time career around his royal duties. 


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