William hinted at a return to the skies during his family's recent official trip to New Zealand
- William stepped down as a rescue pilot with the RAF a year ago
- Since then he has spent time raising his son George
- He now plans to work with the East Anglian air ambulance service
- Sources say he has consulted the Queen about his plans
- Prince is taking what palace aides have called a 'transitional year'
By Sam Marsden
and Rebecca English
26 May 2014
Prince William could become an air ambulance helicopter pilot instead of starting full-time royal duties this year.
He gave up his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot eight months ago to start a ‘transitional’ year of public service placements as part of his preparation for becoming King.
But sources claim William, 31, has decided he is not ready to move on to full-time royal duties when this period comes to an end in September, and is keen to return to flying.
One option would be to enlist as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which is based near his country home in Norfolk.
William hinted at a return to the skies during his family’s recent official trip to New Zealand. Touring an aviation museum, he said seeing the historic military aircraft made him ‘long to be flying again’ and revealed that he hoped to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence. He already holds a private pilot’s licence from his time in the RAF.
Acquiring a commercial licence would allow him to fly civilian helicopters such as air ambulances.
In a possible sign of where his intentions lie, William and the Duchess of Cambridge will meet representatives of the Scottish Air Ambulance Service on a visit to Crieff, near Perth, on Thursday.