Prince William Passes Helicopter Pilot Exams, Gets Air Ambulance Job

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Prince William passed his helicopter exams. John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

Duke in shining armor! Prince William is becoming even more of a storybook prince after he recently became qualified to save the day as an air ambulance pilot.

Kensington Palace announced on Thursday, Feb. 26, that the Duke of Cambridge, 32, passed his Air Transport Pilot's License exams. In addition to a flight test, the set of 14 written tests charted the royal's knowledge on everything from principles of flight to air law to navigation and meteorology. 

Now that he has successfully completed the examinations, Prince William will start a new job as an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance as an employee of Bond Air Services. While he has passed the extensive license exams, before he is regularly flying, the Duke must go through a training period and additional written tests. 

The Palace said in a release that Kate Middleton's husband will likely begin his pilot work in the early summer months. He is continuing his royal duties, and arrived in Tokyo on Thursday for a tour of Japan and China.

The father of young Prince George, 19 months, will spend seven days in the two countries. He will arrive in China on March 1, and return home to the UK on March 4. 

It was first announced in August 2014 that Prince William was pursuing air ambulance pilot opportunities with East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

"The Duke sees this as a true form of public service, helping people in their most difficult times," a representative for the royal said at the time, adding that Prince William was "hugely excited and motivated" by the new gig. 

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