Prince William's New Job Is Gonna Make a Lot of People Call Air Ambulances
Now, I'm not saying you should aim to ever need the assistance of the East Anglian Air Ambulance at one point in your life. That would be crazy! Ha. Don't be silly. No, I'm not saying that at all — but I am saying that if you ever do find yourself in the position of needing help from the EAAA anytime after spring 2015, it's highly possible that you will at the very least spot Prince William himself, the Duke of Cambridge, piloting one of their helicopters. A perk for an otherwise (probably) awful situation! According to a press release, Prince William has joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a helicopter pilot, and will draw upon the experiences he gained while completing search and rescue operations and serving for the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force until September 2013.
Mr Andrew Egerton Smith MBE, Chairman of EAAA, said "Having the Duke of Cambridge as one of our pilots is marvellous news as he brings much experience to the charity after his successful career as a search and rescue pilot. We have an outstanding track record of attending people in the hour of need which is recognised and generously supported by our local communities."
How lovely! As Us Weekly added, Prince William's salary will be donated to charity, because, y'know, he's royalty and doesn't exactly need the extra money while he's hanging out at Wimbledon with his super cool wife. He'll also start out as a co-pilot for five months before graduating to full pilot status: "The Duke will start as a co-pilot but, after a period of training, will be qualified to fly as a helicopter commander," the Palace added. Wouldn't it be hilarious to have to be the guy to give Prince William orders?
The Palace continued: "This job will be the Duke's primary occupation ... but his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake on behalf of The Queen, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The Duke will also continue his work with his patronages and with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry."
Anyway. Please don't call the EAAA unless you genuinely need assistance.