Prince William has completed his first day of training at Bond Air Services as he prepares to start work as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The 32-year-old is undertaking extra job-specific training with the company before he begins his new job in the summer.
Over the coming months William will undertake on the job training which involves time in a simulator, aircraft and testing in-flight skills before he begins piloting ambulance missions.
William's training comes just four weeks after it was announced that he had passed the exams which he needed to qualify as an air ambulance pilot. The royal had been studying for his air transport pilot licence exams since September, and recently passed all 14 exams required to work as a civilian helicopter pilot.
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Prince William has begun his training at Bond Air Services
Upon finishing his training, the popular Prince will aim to work as close to full time as possible. He will cover day and night shifts for the team based in Cambridge and Norwich.
Opportunely, Anmer Hall, the Norfolk base William shares with the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, and their young son Prince George is nearby. No doubt William will be keen to be as close to his family as possible as they are due to welcome their second child together in April.
The Prince joined his wife for her last public engagement before starting maternity leave on Friday. The couple showed their support for young people in south London and got a glimpse at how several charities help youngsters in schools and local communities.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April
During the visit William spoke about becoming a father again, and said the experience will be a "game-changer".
"We were talking about him becoming a father again," said 40-year-old Claudia French, who met the Prince during a walkabout. "He said 'The first time is a learning experience, the second time is a game-changer."