Prince William has begun working with Bond Air services as an emergency helicopter pilot. It is believed to be the first time a member of the Royal Family will sign a contract with a civilian employer.
The Duke of Cambridge to fly pilot missions
“The Duke of Cambridge has today started work as an employee of Bond Air Services. Over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance during the summer. The mandatory training will involve simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training,” the palace confirmed in a statement.
Civilian role for the prince
Prince William will be the very first member of the Royal family to take on a civilian role, Eastern Daily Press said. His salary donated to charities, he will fly the EC145 T2 aircraft with medics and will respond to emergency calls involving incidents ranging from road accidents to heart attacks. He will be on call 24/7 and will be flying from the Cambridge Airport.
The Prince as rescue pilot
Prince William underwent training as a search and rescue pilot on Jan 2009, according to UK’s official website for the British Monarchy. On Jan 2010, the Duke of Cambridge successfully completed a 12-month course in helicopter flight training at the Defence Helicopter Flying School based at RAF Shawbury. He has completed the flying aspects of the course on Dec 2009, including around 80 hours of training on the Griffin HT1 helicopter. His training included Advanced Handling, Night Flying, Emergency Handling and Tactical and Formation Flying.
He has also completed Search and Rescue Conversion Course at RAF Valley in Wales, training under the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) where he continued to train in the Griffin helicopter. He then continued his training under the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (SKOCU), where he trained with simulators and RAF Sea King helicopters.
He has finally become an official search and rescue pilot on Sept 2010 as he joined C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey. He was then deployed in the Falkland Islands on Feb 2012 and by June of the same year, the Duke of Cambridge had qualified as operational captain for the Search and Rescue Force.
On Sept 2013, the Duke of Cambridge left operational service in the Armed Forces.
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