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Orbis DC-10-10...thanks To Crew/staff

Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:37 am

The ORBIS DC-10-10 has been at YYZ for a few days now and is currently in the GTAA hangar.

Myself and three other A.Netters (Lnglive1011yyz, Cruiser & AOMlover) had the privilege of being given personal attention from Bruce (Pilot) and also the Engineer (Apologies for forgetting his name).

We were given the history of this unique aircraft, a description of the services they provide and the Countries which they have visited on this worthwhile cause on their fight against preventitive blindness.

We also had the pleasure of being allowed time in the cockpit for photographs of us at the controls.

We were also given a tour by the ORBIS staff of the "operations" area of the aircraft including the optical diagnostics area and of the surgery/recovery area.

I had mentioned to Bruce that he should look up Airliners.net as they would find some interesting photos of their aircraft in operation.

In the hope that the staff happen to visit this site, I decided to post this thank you note on behalf of the four of us, for spending the time with these four enthusiasts and making our otherwise mundane Sunday afternoon at YYZ all that more interesting.

Thank you ORBIS and keep up the great work!

-Alan

ps: Maybe Mike, James or Clement can post some photos of the four of us enjoying ourselves....since I have dial up.  smile 
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Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:47 am

Good to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Orbis is a great organisation. I visited them in Bulgaria last June and had an interesting and really good time there. The pilots were Fedex, right? Were some permanent aircraft staff there too?

I did an article about them, if someone's interested...
http://www.airsider.com/files/2005/0805/011/orbis_general.htm

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Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:14 am

Quoting Airways (Reply 1):
The pilots were Fedex, right? Were some permanent aircraft staff there too?

Michael, thanks for your response and for the link.

The pilots are indeed Fedex employees and Fedex is gracious with scheduling to allow them to fly on the required ORBIS missions, according to the pilot.

The pilots also volunteer their own time.
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Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:15 am

Yes, I know about the pilots. FedEx is also a supporter in maintenance and logistics.

I was just wondering about other staff members because I know some guys who work on the Flying Eye Hospital.
 
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Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:18 am

Quoting Airways (Reply 1):
Were some permanent aircraft staff there too?



Quoting Airways (Reply 3):
I was just wondering about other staff members because I know some guys who work on the Flying Eye Hospital.

Hi Michael, I don't know the answer to that, sorry.

However, I do believe that the medical personnel and Doctors are also volunteers.
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Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:33 am

Hi Alan,

Yes, the doctors and part of the medical and technical staff are volunteers too. They usualy do these missions during their holiday. There is also a small core team on the plane, these guys are employed by Orbis.
 
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Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:30 am

I have to echo Alan's comments..

Bruce with the Orbis team was fantastic.. he fielded our questions with finesse, and even provided some info to us that we didn't know!

The whole experience was quite inspiring.. For someone like myself, who has only been that close to a plane (except for boarding of course) once before, the experience was absolutely fantastic. Being able to park my ass in the Captains seat, and look around, was simply amazing..

When I walked into the hangar, and the view of the CF6 engine sitting there in front of me, and then the nose.. simply awed me. I literally had to snap myself out of my fog, to continue on..

Spending the day with Cruiser, AOMlover and 808TWA was also a treat.. AOMlover was in YYZ for schooling, (visiting from France) and it was extra special to have him there as well for this.. as it's rare for us!

Thanks to the Orbis crew, the volunteer pilots from FedEx, and to my 'travel mates' for the day, it was a great day had by all!

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Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:38 am

I have to echo the comments above. I believe that it will still be at YYZ tomorrow, although you would have to check on their website. The plane was simply amazing and the crew went out of their way to ensure that we got all of the pictures we needed.

The funniest quote of the day had to be when Lnglive1011yyz and I were taking photos in the cockpit and the pilot came back in after 5 minutes and said "Hey, are you guys trying to rewire the cockpit on me while I am out chatting with your friends?" Obviously, we just wanted to get about 1000 photos from all different angles.

If anyone has a chance to take a tour as it makes it across Canada, it really is worth the time to go for a tour. The pilots will go out of their way to ensure that they answer any and all questions you have about the plane.

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Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:40 pm

If any other YYZ'ers are interested. It will be open again to the public today from I believe 6:30-9. Check it out if you can, all they ask is for a reasonable donation.

I wish I could go, but i'm stuck at work.

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Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:06 pm

On a side note,what call sign do they use ? Nice to see the second-oldest DC-10 in service.
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:33 am

Their callsign is usually ORBIS 1. The plane is actually operating as a private cargo aircraft.
 
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:27 am

Hello everyone, thank you for your nice words about ORBIS. To fill in some of the blanks:
- our call sign is 'orbis 1' (see that this info has already been given - sorry!)
- the pilots are all volunteers, most of them from FedEx. FedEx are also - as mentioned - saving us a mint of money in spare parts and other services.
- the eye doctors on board: there is a core of 'staff' ophthalmologist, employed by ORBIS. Additionally, for each training program overseas there is a group of volunteer ophthalmologists (mainly from the US and UK but also from elsewhere in Europe, Americas and India), chosen on the basis of what the 'host' hospital's training needs are.

Schedule: after the current 'goodwill' (i.e., for public relations and fundraising) visit to Canada, the FEH (Flying Eye Hospital) will move to Africa for proper sight-saving training programs in that continent: in ADD for the first two week in July, then in ACC (8 - 25 Aug), then on to ILR for the first ten days of September. From there the FEH will reposition to Asia: three days 'goodwill visit' to DXB on the way, then our very first, historical training program in Da Nang (DAD), Vietnam, the same runway from where the last US-registered aircraft to take off was either a USAF strategic bomber or a Marine Corps fighter...this time the FEH will spend ten days providing advanced training to the eye doctors of the Da Nang Eye Hospital, who have invited us there.
After that, China: both training and 'goodwill' programs in CSX, WUH, PVG and MFM, until the end of the year.

Thank you all for your kind words and interest in the work we do.

[Edited 2006-06-08 03:34:14]
 
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:24 am

Quoting KillingTime (Reply 11):

Thank you all for your kind words and interest in the work we do.

Hi Killingtime, thanks a lot for the information and for filling in the blanks.

Keep up the absolutely commendable work that you and the ORBIS team perform.

Would also appreciate if you could also pass on our kind wishes and thanks to the staff and crew who showed us around in YYZ.

Thanks again, Alan.
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:16 pm

Quoting 808TWA (Thread starter):
We also had the pleasure of being allowed time in the cockpit for photographs of us at the controls.

Looking Fwd to viewing the Pics.
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:55 pm

I was lucky to tour the aircraft in the Hangar at Kai Tak airport and at the Hangar at C.L.K.

For the record most of the money and support to get this aircraft came from Hong Kong. When they retired the DC-8 they wanted to put it on display in HKG but the idiots in the planning department made a fuss and it ended up in Beijing.
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:45 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Looking Fwd to viewing the Pics.

Hi Hawk,

Please find below some of the photos taken on our visit:

In cockpit shot:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0037.jpg

Recovery room:
[img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0032.jpg[img]

Seminar:
[img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0031.jpg[img]

Aircraft shot 1:
[img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0030.jpg[img]

Aircraft shot 2:
[img]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0017.jpg[img]



I'll post more when I get permission from the others to show their image online!

Cheers,

Alan



Ps: Maybe someone can advise how to hyperlink the other images...only the 1st seems to have worked!!....thanks

[Edited 2006-06-08 15:47:28]
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:11 pm

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 15):
Ps: Maybe someone can advise how to hyperlink the other images...only the 1st seems to have worked!!....thanks

You gotta close the tags. The last [ img]'s have to have a / before the words img. Like So: [/img]

Recovery room:


Seminar:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0031.jpg

Aircraft shot 1:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0030.jpg

Aircraft shot 2:


- Jason DePodesta

[Edited 2006-06-08 16:22:44]
 
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Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:22 pm

Quoting WhyWhyZed (Reply 16):
You gotta close the tags. The last [ img]'s have to have a / before the words img. Like So: [/img]

Brilliant, thanks Jason.





Cruiser about to practice his 3-point turn in a 3 holer:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0044.jpg

Myself and Cruiser (crazy camera angle though):
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0038.jpg

Cruiser at controls:


Cruiser checks the rubber:



Edit: removal of double posted images

[Edited 2006-06-08 16:25:41]
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:01 am

Nice Pics.
Thanks for sharing.
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:19 am

Awesome photos! thanks for sharing....

aaah the old Diesel 10....gotta love it

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Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:46 am

Some more photos for your viewing pleasure (plus I now have permission from all involved haha)

Mike checking his blind spot
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0043.jpg

Mike couldn't find his blind spot, so Clement had a look too:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0041.jpg

James, Mike & Clement just outside the cockpit


Myself, Clement & James under the tail:


Mike checking the damage after running over the kerb:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0025.jpg

James & Mike behind the gear:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0018.jpg

And finally my favourite shot:
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j265/erskine12345/IMG_0015.jpg

Once again, thanks to everyone at Orbis and of course to my friends,

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Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:56 am

Alan,

EXCELLENT shots  Wink I'm impressed..

I'm most particularly impressed with the one of you, Clement and James with the shot of the tail.. Someone must have superior photography skills there  Wink

Great shots, and again, thanks to the Orbis crew for such a great time!

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Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:00 am

This is a great organization.

There aren't enough organizations like this in the world.

Someday I think we might see other widebodies in these types of operations.

FedEX supporting them is great. In my opinion, best charity supported by any airline.

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Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:53 am

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 21):
Someone must have superior photography skills there

Oh okay...I'll credit you with that photo Mike. But hey...remember it WAS my camera!
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:00 am

Nice pics! That sure is a clean DC-10 !
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:43 am

Quoting United_fan (Reply 24):
Nice pics! That sure is a clean DC-10 !

For it being the 2nd off the line....let me tell you it was blinding just how bright, shiny and clean it was!....Immaculate, almost clinical (oddly enough).
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:35 pm

Just an update as to the current location of the ORBIS DC-10.

It is now at YOW sitting at our VIP arrival hanger. It is parked amongst a couple of biz jets here for the Bilderberg meeting ( they deny that it is happening here , but too much is going on).

http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Ottawa...Region/2006/06/07/1618162-sun.html

Thanks for the great photos...
 
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:04 pm

Keeping the aircraft clean is not that easy, since to be 'operational' in a clinical/traning sense it has to sit in a corner of the airport where it happens to be, for up to three weeks at a time (the normal duration of a training programme for local eye doctors).
As you can imagine, given that our destinations are mainly in the developing world (see my previous post), not all of those places are nice and dry like a desert mothballing lot, therefore the wear - and not only of the paintwork - is heavy. Tropical rains, equatorial humidity and winter icing for days and weeks are all par for the course for our bird. It looks so good because only three years ago it was stripped to the metal, re-primed and re-painted, courtesy of some really nice people in Canada.

Another thing you might want to consider is that the age of the Flying Eye Hospital is relative: despite being the second off the line, since 1994 it has been flying for us from one place to another, with long periods of training program work in between. This of course greatly reduces the total time it spends airborne - it takes one month to clock up the same hours that a liner does in three days. So, in relative terms our bird is almost a spring chicken...the only thing that might pension it off will be the availability of spare parts, if and when stocks will begin to run low...

And, just for info, I'm not flying crew or medical staff. As a humble program grunt I am one of those ORBIS people who work ahead, to check out the places where the aircraft is required, what their needs are, and what we can do for them.
 
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:56 pm

MOST interesting, Mr. 808TWA. Terrific pictures.
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:56 pm

Quoting KillingTime (Reply 27):
KillingTime

Thank you for the deeper insight into the operation, it is greatly appreciated, please keep up the great work at ORBIS.

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 28):
MOST interesting, Mr. 808TWA. Terrific pictures



Quoting YOWguy (Reply 26):
Thanks for the great photos...



Quoting United_fan (Reply 24):
Nice pics

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments!
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:14 pm

Great Pics !!

Anybody know how long it will be in YOW and if the public can tour the aircraft?

Michel
 
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Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:14 pm

Fantastic Pics.
The Aircraft looks clean & well maintained.
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Sat Jun 10, 2006 10:40 am

The aircraft departed YOW at some point this evening after 1900 hrs as I drove by the airport at 2115 and it was gone.
 
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Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:49 pm

Is it just my imagination or was this aircraft in Ottawa today (Sunday, June 11th) as well? I was driving along and did a double take when I spotted what looked like a white DC-10 (not a common aircraft type in Ottawa) departing over Fallowfield Rd. at around maybe 5:30 or 6pm. I didn't get a great look at it, but it did look strikingly similar to the one in the pics in this post, so I'm guessing it was the same one. What would it have been doing here again today if it was to have left yesterday (and apparently did according to the last post)?
 
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Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:44 pm

Quoting BaliMorris (Reply 33):
departing over Fallowfield Rd. at around maybe 5:30 or 6pm. I didn't get a great look at it, but it did look strikingly similar to the one in the pics in this post, so I'm guessing it was the same one. What would it have been doing here again today if it was to have left yesterday (and apparently did according to the last post)?

It's likely that it was the Orbis DC-10..

It landed back at YYZ sometime around 6:30 pm, Eastern time, which would put it departing YOW around the time you suggest...

It was/is(cannot confirm the is part) parked at the FedEx ramp according to 808TWA..

Thanks!

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Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:09 am

My mistake. I thought it had left that night as I couldn't see it while driving be the airport at around 2100 hrs. I was poor visibility. I too saw it takeoff at around 1730 last week.

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