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Duke of Cambridge to Fly with East Anglian Air Ambulance

From September, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is set to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a helicopter pilot.

The Duke’s mandatory training with Bond Air Services will begin in the Autumn and he is set to begin shift work in Spring 2015.

Based at Norwich and Cambridge airports, William will fly as a co-pilot until qualifying as a helicopter commander.

In line with his position, William is set to donate his salary from the work to charity and will continue to undertake engagements on behalf of The Queen.

The new posting will build upon William’s work with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force.

The Duke of Cambridge started his full-time military duties as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2006. He commissioned into the Household Cavalry in December 2006. He became a Lieutenant in The Blues and Royals before transferring his commission to the Royal Air Force.

In January 2009, The Duke started training to become a Search and Rescue pilot. His previous training included Basic and Advanced Flying training on the Squirrel helicopter at RAF Shawbury before embarking on the Multi Engine Advanced Rotary Wing course (MEARW) training on the Griffin and Squirrel helicopters, which also included some introductory specialist training on the Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley.

The Duke was based at RAF Valley between January 2010 and September 2013, where, as Flight Lieutenant Wales, he served as a fully operational Search and Rescue pilot on the Sea King helicopter. He qualified as a helicopter Captain in June 2012.

The end of his Tour at RAF Valley marked more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.

In this time, he undertook more than 150 search and rescue operations. Since joining the Royal Air Force, The Duke has completed over 1,300 flying hours.

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