We are excited to announce today that we are partnering with Orbis International, a nonprofit that is transforming lives through the treatment and prevention of preventable blindness, to enable passengers to virtually explore the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.
Orbis has made a profound impact on people’s lives and we pride ourselves on supporting their fight against preventable blindness. a huge but solvable problem that affects millions of people around the world who do not have access to ophthalmology. According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, 43 million people live with blindness and 295 million live with moderate to severe vision loss, of which 77% are completely preventable.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a one-of-a-kind aircraft and an incredible feat of engineering. As a converted MD-10 cargo aircraft, it is now a fully accredited teaching hospital, equipped with a state-of-the-art operating room, laser treatment room, simulation center, classroom and AV suite, and running training programs around the world.
We recognized the opportunity to raise awareness of the Orbis cause by adding the Flying Eye Hospital to the Microsoft flight simulator Experience.
Microsoft flight simulator Users can tour the Flying Eye Hospital in full hospital mode with amazingly authentic details and learn more about Orbis’ mission to train and inspire local teams to save eyesight in their communities by clicking on an in-game news link for free access the aircraft or directly over Microsoft flight simulator Marketplace. However, the aircraft is currently unavailable for flights.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital shows how aviation can be a force for good in the world. Since the launch of its first generation DC-8 in 1982, the Orbis aircraft has flown to 97 countries to conduct vision rescue programs. This third generation MD-10, the Microsoft flight simulator
The aerospace sector was the first to pioneer simulation technology; now Orbis and the wider medical community are fast adopting it. Just as simulation has taught pilots to fly for decades, it is now helping doctors, anesthetists and nurses maintain eyesight and improve patient care. On board the aircraft, Orbis trains ophthalmological teams around the world with the help of simulations – with virtual reality, artificial eyes and mannequins. Simulation has proven even more important during a global pandemic as opportunities for hands-on training have decreased.
Passion for aviation and realistic simulation are the threads that make orbs and Microsoft flight simulator together, so we are proud to present this unique aircraft.
The Flying Eye Hospital is available to everyone as a free download Microsoft flight simulator Users can tour starting today and will be available as a free download from the Marketplace on Xbox Series X | S on July 27th. Heaven is calling!