Stopping the disease of addiction before it starts to ensure healthy futures for America's teens

Flights Above Addiction

Flights Above Addiction is a traveling teen art and aviation program that informs communities that addiction is a preventable chronic brain disease contracted in adolescence 90% of the time.

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Media $500 Contests

Media $500 Contests invite secondary students to produce compelling art and media illuminating the risk of early alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposure.

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Science of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
 

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SafeLaunch Flies Their 20th Flight Above Addiction

Father’s Day 2016 weekend at the Hollister Airshow in California provided a picture perfect backdrop for plein air plane painting. This was the 20th SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction, where parents learn how and why to protect their children from drug and alcohol exposure while their children paint their dreams onto the fuselage of an all-white Cessna.

The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it almost always starts… with kids, is so important that co-founder Ron Cuff doesn’t object when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane, or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. Rather, he offers them– and all parents– the opportunity to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let children experiment with drugs or alcohol.

Enjoy this short video of our 20th mission to stop addiction.

 

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Families at the Hollister Airshow this Father’s Day Will Meet a Real Crazy Pilot

Father’s Day 2016 will mark SafeLaunch’s 20th “Airstrike” on Addiction, a disease more deadly than ISIS

That “crazy” SafeLaunch pilot and dad, Ron Cuff, will fly his Cessna 182 to the Hollister Airshow this Father’s Day weekend. Together with his trusty co-pilot and co-founder Janet Rowse, they will invite all kids at the show to paint their HEALTHY LIFE DREAMS on his plane. While colorizing his all-white plane, they will be reminding kids that flying a plane is the only safe way to “get high”.

The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it’s usually starts… with kids, is so important that Ron doesn’t let it bother him when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. He deftly handles their comments with a wry smile… and then challenges them to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let kids experiment with drugs or alcohol.

We invite YOU to take the Parent Pledge, too!

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Families Take the SafeLaunch Pledge at Santa Ynez Airport Day

Armed with colorful paint and brushes, Flights Above Addiction gives children the opportunity to get creative with a small plane and inspires them to think about where they want to go. SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff, the plane’s owner and pilot, tells them, “A great flight is like a great life- both take planning and a clear head.” Before painting “DJ”, the children and their parents learn about addiction risk and sign the SafeLaunch Pledge, which offers 11 healthy action steps that families can take.

We feel honored to have been invited back for the 3rd time to Santa Ynez Airport Day to bring our proactive health message to young families. Based on current brain studies, preventing and delaying the first use of drugs and alcohol prevents substance use disorders, addiction, and often tragedy.

We thank our Santa Ynez Airport Day event sponsor, Efren Pulido, Realtor at Los Olivos Real Estate Company, and the ongoing support from Above All Aviation, Coastal Aircraft Maintenance, and Signature Flight Support in Santa Barbara.