Fly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1668 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
I have seen the flying eye hospital and I have been in it. It is a very impressive aircraft and it looks just like a hospital inside. Several corprate sponsors including Fedex and United Airlines. In fact I think the aircraf tused to be owned by United.
Where will you spend eternity? He,s more real then you think!!!!!
Jean leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2115 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1073 times:
I took a tour of Orbis only three weeks ago. What a great thing to see. Yes, FedEx and United Airlines provide maintenance support and such. I saw a plaque onboard commemorating 'the assistance of United Airlines Staff for our C check' or some such thing. They fly to underdeveloped countries and perform eye surgery, laser and conventional. More importantly, maybe, they train local doctors in eye care techniques. The 'classroom' is in the from of the plane, just like a standard passenger cabin. Also, they record everything done in all the critical parts of the plane so as to make videos. the video room is neat.(tight though! they fit TEN across!) It is a DC-10-10... i have a brochure somewhere...and yes it used to be a DC-8. Must have been nice to moce up to the 10...
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3354 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
I toured the plane once when it was parked at IAH term. B. It serves a very noble and wonderful purpose indeed. If I recall correctly it's the second production line aircraft. Number one was the former AA N101AA... now flying for FedEX I believe.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3224 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
I have been on Orbis too, it visited POS in May for 3 weeks. I was invited to visit and witness the operations in the theatre in the back of the cabin. The staff is international and overall very friendly and the techniques are truly up-to-date. Above all efficiency is the key, seeing that they operate in a confined space. I got a cockpit visit as well and that was fabulous - I also saw the underfloor area where the monitors and generators for the theatre are located. It was my first time ever on a DC10 albeit not a flight though, of course - they cannot operate inflight!
The plane was parked near to the BWIA hangars and thus adjacent to the runway, so the experience of witnessing surgical operations with the frequent scream of turbofans as BWIA 737-800s and MD83s flew in and out was novel. Every morning they started at about 9 am, a minibus brought in the patients and several local doctors would come to observe. Others would view the operations in the video room, where discussions were also held on various techniques.
Orbis was great. I was actually invited to return (seeing that my fascination for planes was evident and rivals that for medicine) but ended up flying to LGW instead. That in itself is a long story. Orbis left Trinidad on Saturday 9 June 2001, 2 days after the last operations.
ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
Fano Jets the DC-10 was not donated they paid for it, the total price including the mods done to it was about 11 million. there was several articles on the purchase on was in Airways or airliners magazine a few years back.