ORBIS Launches MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital Project
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ORBIS Launches MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital Project

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Edward T Cloonan - President of ORBIS launches the MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital Project

ORBIS, world’s only operator of the Flying Eye Hospital, has chosen to replace their aging DC-10 with a MD-10 aircraft.

This is made possible with a $10 million gift from ORBIS Chairman and Founder A.L. Ueltschi, which enabled the work to begin in 2008. The balance of the $30 million project—including the cost of acquiring a DC-10-30, its conversion to an MD-10, and the installation of the Flying Eye Hospital with new medical equipment, audio visual suite and communication systems—is being assembled today by a consortium of companies through direct contributions or gift-in-kind donations.

Lead by Mohan Jacob Thazhathu, ORBIS Chief Operating Officer, a four year effort finally materialized when FedEx and United Airlines jointly donated a DC-10 aircraft for conversion.

FedEx has offered the services of their veteran executive Jack McHale, Managing Director for Aircraft Acquisitions to manage this project.

A FOUR-PHASE UNDERTAKING, The Flying Eye Hospital conversion project is expected to take two years to complete. When the new plane is ready—anticipated mid-2010—the current Flying Eye Hospital will be retired.

MD-10 PROJECT TEAM
A conversion team, consisting of medical and ophthalmology specialists, and design and engineering experts from several organizations, has been assembled to determine the design and architectural modification necessary to convert the freighter into a state-of-the-art ophthalmic medical facility. ORBIS staff is proud to work alongside talented individuals from FedEx, Boeing, Honeywell and University of California, Los Angeles on this humanitarian endeavour.

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  • A Quarter Century for Orbis International

    By: Gordon Gilbert and others

    Aviation International News >> April 2007
    Business Aviation Lifestyle

    At the United Nations headquarters in New York City last month, supporters of Project Orbis gathered to celebrate 25 years of saving and restoring sight worldwide and to honor the leaders, doctors and donors who have made the project possible. FlightSafety International chairman Al Ueltschi, who helped launch the flying eye hospital with a DC-8 donated by United Airlines, was singled out for special recognition for his regular and sizeable contributions to Orbis over the years.

    His $10 million donation announced at the UN gathering takes his total given to $40 million. Orbis currently deploys an ex-Laker Skytrain DC-10.

    Orbis COO Mohan Thazhathu introduced Jack McHale from FedEx who is managing the MD-10 Project. The new Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital will be in service by May 2010, he announced.
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  • Edward T Cloonan - President of ORBIS launches the MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital Project

    ORBIS, world’s only operator of the Flying Eye Hospital, has chosen to replace their aging DC-10 with a MD-10.

    This is made possible with a $10 million gift from ORBIS Chairman and Founder A.L. Ueltschi, which enabled the work to begin in 2008. The balance of the $30 million project—including the cost of acquiring a DC-10-30, its conversion to an MD-10, and the installation of the Flying Eye Hospital with new medical equipment, audio visual suite and communication systems—is being assembled today by a consortium of companies through direct contributions or gift-in-kind donations.

    Lead by Mohan Jacob Thazhathu, ORBIS Chief Operating Officer, a four year effort finally materialized when FedEx and United Airlines jointly donated a DC-10 aircraft for conversion.

    FedEx has offered the services of their veteran executive Jack McHale, Managing Director for Aircraft Acquisitions to manage this project.

    A FOUR-PHASE UNDERTAKING, The Flying Eye Hospital conversion project is expected to take two years to complete. When the new plane is ready—anticipated mid-2010—the current Flying Eye Hospital will be retired.

    MD-10 PROJECT TEAM
    A conversion team, consisting of medical and ophthalmology specialists, and design and engineering experts from several organizations, has been assembled to determine the design and architectural modification necessary to convert the freighter into a state-of-the-art ophthalmic medical facility. ORBIS staff is proud to work alongside talented individuals from FedEx, Boeing, Honeywell and University of California, Los Angeles on this humanitarian endeavour.
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
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