Chatsworth, California, March 20, 2012 – Structural Integrity Engineering (SIE) has entered into an agreement with ORBIS, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, to provide engineering design and certification services for ORBIS’s next generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) based on an MD-10-30 aircraft generously donated by the FedEx Corporation. The next generation ORBIS MD-10-30 FEH, the world's only ophthalmic surgical and training hospital with wings, will bring many advantages to the fight against preventable blindness.
“SIE is proud to be selected by ORBIS to help carry out its humanitarian mission” said Dr. Matt Creager, SIE’s president. “I believe we secured the confidence of ORBIS based on SIE’s strong reputation for engineering in structures, systems integration and our track record in delivering quality for our customers’ major aircraft modification programs.”
SIE will act as the engineering integrator, providing program management and supplier interface management, modification engineering and certification, and FAA STC certification. The work scope includes supply chain coordination with Mobile Medical International Corporation (MMIC), the mobile medical facilities provider, as well as numerous other cabin equipment suppliers.
“ORBIS is pleased to collaborate with SIE to help create the engineering for the next generation Flying Eye Hospital,” said Jack McHale, Director of the MD-10 Project for ORBIS. “ORBIS has great respect for SIE’s technical capabilities and experience working on very large aircraft projects. The level of technical detail and integration creativity that SIE brings to the development of the project is unparalleled. “
SIE, based in Chatsworth CA with offices in Seattle WA and Madrid, Spain, was formed in 1981 to provide design engineering, analysis, FAA certification, and program management services to the aviation industry. Besides Special Projects such as developing the Flying Eye Hospital and Engine Flying Test Beds, SIE handles projects related to major aircraft modifications including cargo conversions, interior reconfigurations, satcom antenna (Ku-Band/Ka-Band) & security systems installation design for VIP, commercial, Government and Military aircraft. www.SIEinc.com
ORBIS is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations in an effort to eliminate avoidable blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable. To learn more about ORBIS, please visit www.ORBIS.org.
Contacts: Liz True, ORBIS International, Email: Elizabeth.True@orbis.org, 646.674.5512 John Courtright, SIE, Email: JCourtright@SIEinc.com, 206.618.3128