Prince William expected to fly Sea King helicopter in Prince Edward Island

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HALIFAX - The Canadian military is confirming that Prince William has been cleared to fly a Sea King helicopter during a flight demonstration Monday in Prince Edward Island.

The prince and his wife Kate are to arrive in Ottawa on Thursday to begin a royal tour that will also take them to Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Alberta, before leaving July 8 for California.

The couple is slated to arrive in Charlottetown on Sunday night, before departing the next morning for Dalvay by-the-Sea, the waterfront resort where William is expected to board a CH124 Sea King with at least two Canadian military pilots and a navigator.

Military spokesman Lt. Tyrone Grande says the prince will be on board the aircraft during a so-called waterbirding demonstration, which will involve landing the amphibious helicopter on Dalvay Lake.

The training manoeuvre is designed to simulate an emergency landing.

The prince has flown Sea Kings before, having served in the Royal Air Force as a search and rescue pilot since September 2010.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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