Prince William to become air ambulance pilot

August 08, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
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LONDON: Britain’s Prince William, second-in-line to the throne, is to start work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot next year, his office said yesterday.

William, 32, was previously a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force and took part in over 150 search and rescue operations. William will be based at Cambridge and Norwich Airports in eastern England, flying both day and night shifts, his office said in a statement. Starting as co-pilot, he can qualify as a helicopter commander after a minimum of five months training, ending in 14 examinations and a flight test.

William starts training in September and will be an employee of Bond Air Services, making him the first member of the royal family in the direct line of succession to sign an employment contract with a civilian employer. 

REUTERS

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