The Duke of Cambridge is an air ambulance pilot, flying Helicopter Emergency Medical Service missions for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
The Duke is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to carry out his skilled work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. It is a great opportunity to connect directly with the community and he considers it very rewarding to be part of a team that provides such a valuable, and often life-saving, public service.
The Duke started work in March 2015 and after completing an initial period job-specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, began piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance in July 2015.
The Duke is based out of Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
EAAA helicopters can reach patients anywhere in the region within 25 minutes. They provide rapid, effective treatment as soon as possible after injury, and transport patients directly to hospital if required. Regular landing areas for EAAA helicopters include residential gardens, carparks, beaches, roadsides, and any open space deemed possible by the pilot. Last year, the East Anglian Ambulance attended 1,785 missions from its two bases at Norwich and Cambridge.
The Duke attained a number of professional qualifications during his training to fly HEMS missions.
His Royal Highness holds his Airline Transport Pilot Licence (H), which involved a total of 14 written exams on a range of aviation topics including the Principles of Flight, Navigation, Flight Planning and Air Law, and an Airborne Skills Test.
In common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, The Duke will be formally employed by Bond Air Services. He draws a salary which he donates in full to charity
The job builds on The Duke's operational experience in the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, which His Royal Highness completed in September 2013. During this time he undertook more than 150 search and rescue operations.
The Duke combines his role as an air ambulance pilot with his charitable duties and responsibilities, and he continues to undertake on behalf of The Queen, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.