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Old 05-04-2008, 07:20 AM
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Am I right in thinking that the terrain in Scotland is somewhat rugged? I do know that flying a large (rescue) helicopter in mountainous country can be very demanding and dangerous when factoring in thermals etc. It takes skill, guts and nerve to keep it all together and not endanger the crew.
Without a substantial amount of further training, William would not 'normally' even be considered as a pilot or a Winchman on Air/Sea Rescue.

All I can tell you is that yes the rescues can be 'hairy', (not my expression ), but there are very few accidents involving RAF search and rescue. The ones a lot of them hate are the rescues at sea, they really can test skills to the limit.

To transfer to the RAF isn't a great problem, especially for an officer.
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William to join Navy patrols

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Old 05-09-2008, 10:54 AM
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Prince William Addresses Helicopter Controversy - Prince William : People.com
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:00 PM
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"I'm working on my license. I'm trying to do as much flying as I can.
If it was all about gaining his pilots license, I suggest he uses a commercial training company and pays for it himself! So yes it was misuse of taxpayer and MOD money!
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:09 PM
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Could William have mispoken (ie meaning some further military flying quaification) If thatwas really what he met to say than it was totally wrong doing those flights whether he had pemission or not.
He looked good at Blackburn with the kids.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:11 PM
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If it was all about gaining his pilots license, I suggest he uses a commercial training company and pays for it himself! So yes it was misuse of taxpayer and MOD money!
The British public should just accept the fact that Prince William is using to taxpayer and MOD funds to indulge himself. Nothing else can be done. Prince Charles seems to approve of his son's endeavours to learn how to fly.
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If it was all about gaining his pilots license, I suggest he uses a commercial training company and pays for it himself! So yes it was misuse of taxpayer and MOD money!

But isn't that what every other military person who trains to fly helicopters does...gets in hours by using tax money? Why should William get singled out.
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:27 PM
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From what I can see, the problem is that William got in his flight hours by taking off and landing in his girlfriend's lawn, flying himself and his brother to a stag party, and flying around his family's properties--which is probably what every trainee would like to be able to do during training but perhaps doesn't get the chance to do. To me, the problem isn't that William took these jaunts, but that neither he nor his advisors seemed to understand how bad this would LOOK to the tax-paying public. William came across as looking like a spoiled rich kid, and so now his public appearances are suspected as being PR shams to make up some goodwill among his future subjects. That's not my opinion, but that's what I'm picking up on.

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Old 05-09-2008, 05:01 PM
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But isn't that what every other military person who trains to fly helicopters does...gets in hours by using tax money? Why should William get singled out.
No, they practice because that is required as part of their full training. They will end up putting their lives at risk! William will have no use to the RAF, if he wanted to get a private pilots license, he should pay out of his own pocket.
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:20 PM
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I guess well from what I seem to understand what he's probably saying is that he wanted to get as much training as possible which I don't see anything wrong with. I guess since he had some functions to attend to they saw it as a good chance to test out his skills he had learned so far which would help him improve in his training. In William's mind he probably saw it as a free ride ( I hate to admit it)and a chance to get in some flying hours. Would most people allowed to do something like this probably not but again that's why people at the RAF were furious about this and why MOD released that statement.But was the ride completly useless in his training I'd say probably not but it most likely wasn't the right thing to do either.
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Question Are there any reports on where Prince William is?

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I do know if it has or not but the rumor is that he in Mustique for a week with Kate. I think more more than likely he just lying for a while before his navy training begins in June. He might have started pre Navy training stuff.
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It does feel like something is going on an air of mystery to it perhaps.
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He has kept very quiet the last few weeks hasn't he. I feel something maybe on the cards.
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He has kept very quiet the last few weeks hasn't he. I feel something maybe on the cards.
I think if it seems he's laying low recently its probably due to his recent controversies.
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And his preparations for the Royal Navy. I'm sure he has a lot on his mind, especially with all the pressure.
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The Press Association: William rated 'hottest young royal'
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:27 AM
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The last comment on Peter Philips is stupid: the poll was for hottest young royal, not hottest single royal. Whoever came up with these silly pieces couldn't even get their own story straight.
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When William will join Navy? Today or next week?
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Some info on William and his time in the Navy.
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