Queen advertises ‘proactive and flexible’ helicopter pilot to transport royals

The Queen is looking for a ‘proactive and flexible’ helicopter pilot to join her team of ‘senior pilots’ within the Royal Household.

The role, which is based in Odiham near Hampshire, means joining The Queen’s Helicopter Flight, a small team of pilots and ground support staff that flies the Royal Family across the UK.

The salary package is described online as “competitive” and the role includes the safe planning and execution of flights.

The new role comes after Her Majesty, 95, reportedly urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ disaster could strike.

The Queen is looking for a ‘proactive and flexible’ helicopter pilot to join her team of ‘senior pilots’ within the Royal Household

The announcement reads: “The Queen’s Helicopter Flight (TQHF) consists of a small team of pilots and ground support, providing the highest level of helicopter service to members of the royal family on official engagements.

“You will be responsible for the safe planning and execution of flights in accordance with the TQHF Operations Manual.”

Upon joining the team, the candidate will assume the role of “co-pilot or pilot in command” and will operate a Sikorsky S76 C++ helicopter.

The announcement continues: “In addition to your flight duties, you will perform management and other administrative duties, in support of the Director of Flight Operations.

The new role comes after Her Majesty, 95, reportedly urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is

The new role comes after Her Majesty, 95, reportedly urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ disaster could strike.

Meanwhile, applicants must have “extensive flight experience” and be a “natural collaborator” with “excellent communication skills and confidence in relating to a wide range of people”.

They must also have “a high level of attention to detail and time management skills” as well as be “motivated to perform consistently to the highest standards”.

The description continues: “Your sense of initiative and your ability to solve problems allow you to anticipate and act proactively.”

It comes after the Queen had “several conversations” with William, 39, asking him “to stop flying himself, especially in bad weather”, fearing an accident could threaten the line of succession.

Prince William is an able pilot who has flown with the Royal Air Force, serving as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey in North Wales, and the East Anglia Air Ambulance

Prince William is an able pilot who has flown with the Royal Air Force, serving as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey in North Wales, and the East Anglia Air Ambulance

Unofficial rules generally prevent members of the royal family from flying together, but regulations have been relaxed since the birth of William’s children, allowing the young family to spend more time together.

William, Kate and their children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, split their time between Kensington Palace in London and Anmer Court in Norfolk, and regularly travel the 115 miles between the two homes.

William is second in line to the throne behind his father Charles, the Prince of Wales, while his son George is third in line.

A source close to the Queen told The Sun: ‘Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest means of transport.

The family (pictured together in 2017) have flown together, often with a pilot and crew, but sometimes with William at the controls, as they asked permission to do so after Prince George was born in 2013

The family (pictured together in 2017) have flown together, often with a pilot and crew, but sometimes with William at the controls, as they asked permission to do so after Prince George was born in 2013

“It keeps the Queen awake at night and she is understandably very worried.

“She knows William is a capable pilot but doesn’t think it’s worth it for them to continue flying together and can’t imagine what would happen. This would trigger a constitutional crisis.

“The Queen told William she feared that, however good he was as a pilot, bad weather and accidents could happen at any time.

“The Queen is delighted with the way William and Kate have risen to the challenge over the past few years and knows the monarchy is safe in their hands.

“She thinks the future is bright with them at the helm after Charles, but if anything happened to her and the family, it’s not worth thinking about.”

The family have flown together, often with a pilot and crew but sometimes with William at the controls, since they asked permission to do so after Prince George was born in 2013.

The family are believed to be house hunting in Windsor, to avoid having to make regular helicopter trips.

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