Embry-Riddle Asia Students Gain New Insight Visiting Flying Eye Hospital

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia recently toured Orbis, an international flying eye hospital that trains medical professionals and provides eye care in developing countries.

Earlier this month, Embry-Riddle aviation students served as tour guides and event photographers on board the flying hospital during a stop in Singapore.

The Orbis visit to Singapore marks the first time the hospital’s latest model, a third-generation MD-10 plane, visited the region. The plane has been extensively retrofitted with a 46-seat classroom, operation rooms and a patient treatment room. In addition to having a flight range of 6,000 nautical miles, the aircraft also features a live broadcast to train doctors and nurses through live footage in 3D.

“I think that this is an excellent example of how aviation innovation can be used to combat healthcare access in a timely and impactful fashion,” said Kim Chua, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia. “After all, the aviation industry is one that strives for continuous innovation and engineering perfection and we do need innovative measures to solve some of the most pressing issues of the world.”

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