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The Duke of Cambridge will take to the skies once again — this time as a salaried civilian helicopter pilot as an employee of East Anglian Air Ambulance. The prince, who is due to complete his training this winter, will work as pilot with a company that is based at Cambridge and Norwich airports. He will begin as a co-pilot, and after his training period will earn his qualification as a helicopter commander.
Kensington Palace said he will be employed by Bond Air Services, and plans to donate his salary to charity. The palace added that the prince would be undertaking his pilot’s role alongside his royal duties and charity work. His new East Anglia base is conveniently located halfway between his apartment at Kensington Palace and country home, Amner Hall in Norfolk.
The prince trained to be a search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force in January 2009, and was based in RAF Valley from January 2010 to 2013, where he was a flight lieutenant. He qualified as a helicopter captain in 2012. With more than seven-and-a-half years of military service under his belt, he contributed to more than 150 search and rescue operations during his tenure.