Prince William Discusses the Hardships and Rewards of Being an Air Ambulance Pilot
William, who joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance last spring, explains that air ambulance pilots overcome traumatic incidents by sharing their stories to build a network of strength and solidarity.
“If you share the same, in some cases, sad incidents, then if you can get over it together by being able to talk about it in the future,” says William. “Being a close team you come away with a collective way of dealing with it together and it helps you move on to whatever you’ve got to do next.”
“There are some very sad, dark moments and we talk about it a lot. But it’s hard. You try not to take it away with you but it can be quite difficult.”
Such difficult encounters, including witnessing young men’s suicide attempts, inspired William to shed awareness on issues of mental health for this demographic.
“I look forward coming here every day whether it is at 5:30, or going to bed at 2:00 in the morning,” adds William of his second job. “The shift work is exciting and it’s challenging for its variety and the fact that I love working in a team. That’s something that my other job doesn’t necessarily do. You are more out there on your own a little bit but I very much enjoy working with the likes of [Captain] James [Pusey] and the team, and it’s good fun.”