Wil­liam pi­lots he­li­copter to hospi­tal

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

THE Duke of Cam­bridge flew a he­li­copter to a Lon­don hospi­tal as he cel­e­brated the 30th an­niver­sary of the cap­i­tal’s air am­bu­lance ser­vice.

Wil­liam, a for­mer pi­lot with the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance (EAAA), boarded the air­craft at his home, Kens­ing­ton Palace, and took the con­trols for the

25-minute trip.

The duke’s flight in Lon­don’s Air Am­bu­lance Char­ity’s he­li­copter came as he was named the pa­tron of the ser­vice’s 30th An­niver­sary Cam­paign, which aims to raise aware­ness about its work and sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of new fa­cil­i­ties.

Dur­ing the visit Wil­liam was shown a graphic de­mon­stra­tion of paramedics deal­ing with a stab vic­tim.

The duke joined the EAAA as a pi­lot in March 2015 and, af­ter com­plet­ing an ini­tial pe­riod of train­ing, be­gan pi­lot­ing his first op­er­a­tional mis­sions in July 2015 be­fore his last in July 2017.

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