Flight Above Addiction #6 Destination Santa Ynez, California


Santa Ynez Area Youth to Inspire Peers Through Aviation and Art

Paint Our Plane to Prevent Addiction

SafeLaunch is bringing its “Flights Above Addiction” to Santa Ynez Airport on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and everyone is invited! Beginning at 0900 hours, local teens will begin painting a real airplane with real paint at the Santa Ynez Airport Day.

This will be the sixth SafeLaunch “Flight Above Addiction” event in California, where teens are invited to paint retired Navy Commander Ron Cuff’s Cessna Skylane N521DJ with their own designs for a healthy future, one free from the disease of addiction. The Cessna is a focal point for the primary addiction prevention organization SafeLaunch, co­founded by Ron Cuff and Janet Rowse.

SafeLaunch uses art and peer to peer messaging to raise awareness about the threat of addiction to young brains. “A 14 year old’s brain, if exposed to any addictive substance, is up to six times more susceptible to this incurable disease than an adult’s” according to recent research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Cuff says.

“The kids will be invited to focus on the beauty of life, and the many ways that youth can gain a natural high. SafeLaunch encourages the community to learn the facts about addiction, and to do everything they can to stop addiction where it starts 90% of the time… with early exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” stated Rowse. Youth from the Lompoc Boys and Girls Club will be painting their designs on one side of the plane from
9­11am and the public is invited to paint the other side from 9am­12pm.

The public and press are invited to see the artists at work between 10:30 and 12:00 noon. The finished work will be on display between noon and 5PM.

For information about Santa Ynez Airport Day, contact Robert Perry at  captainbobsplanetalk@gmail.com.  For information about SafeLaunch, contact Janet Rowse at  info@SafeLaunch.org.