SafeLaunch Invites Sacramento Youth to Paint an Airplane at the California Capital Airshow

CCA Airshow

A public art event for artistic teens and aviation enthusiasts

SafeLaunch is bringing a “Flight Above Addiction” to the California Capital Airshow and everyone is invited! Beginning Saturday, September 6th at 0900 hours, local teens will paint a real airplane with real paint.

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

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

“We invite youth to focus on the beauty of life and the many ways that they can achieve a “natural” high. SafeLaunch encourages everyone to learn the facts about addiction, and to do everything possible to stop addiction where it starts 90% of the time… with adolescent exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” stated Co-Founder Janet Rowse. Youth from West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School led by art teacher Carrie Markel will paint their design on one side of the plane from 9:00am to Noon on Saturday and the public (18 and under) is invited to paint the other side of the Cessna from 10:00am to 3:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The public and press are invited to see the artists at work between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. For information about SafeLaunch or to sponsor an air show event, email For CCA tickets go to