He can live like a king but Prince William (who usually goes by the Duke of Cambridge) would apparently rather be an HEMS pilot. The flying bug is apparently still biting the former military search and rescue helicopter pilot and the people who speak for him are all but confirming the reports. The prince is likely to join the East Anglian air ambulance, which serves the area of his family’s home in Norfolk. His people are letting it be known that the prince is not ready to be a full-time royal and wants a “day job” that will get him home most days to be with Kate, Prince George and any of his future siblings. While on their royal tour of New Zealand, William told a local dignitary that he was “longing” to get back in the cockpit. Even princes have to follow rules and the Duke has a few hoops to jump before he can put his military training and experience to work.
William has a private pilot license and will need a commercial ticket to fly air ambulances, although it’s not clear what transition training he’ll need. Some checkout time in East Anglian’s EC 135 T2 helicopters will be needed but the Duke should be comfortable with the night vision equipment and the sloppy weather the area gets. The East Anglian Air Ambulance service is a charity organization and runs solely on donations. It needs about $10 million a year to maintain its 24-hour service. It flies an average of five missions a day. It’s not known how much the prince will be paid.