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News: SafeLaunch Teaches Kids About Dangers of Addiction in Creative Way

On October 1, 2016, SafeLaunch brought Flights Above Addiction and their interactive “static display” aircraft DJ to Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona for the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) Fly-In. This was a very special event for SafeLaunch as the plane was greeted and cared for by some very special guests, “Wing Parents” of three of the young people who “fly” with the aircraft wherever it goes. The SafeLaunch founders are grateful to these families for sharing their child’s story to help break the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and raise awareness of the high risks associated with teen drug and alcohol exposure. These young people are the Wind Beneath Our Wings.

11 October 2016 by www.PrescotteNews.com

PRESCOTT- The death of a child is one of the most painful things a parent can go through. Bonnie and Floyd Waite went through this when their child, James, died six years ago at the age of 35 from addiction.

“It’s been six years to just deal with it,” said Bonnie.

“You never get over it,” Floyd added.

Bonnie and Floyd Waite are involved with SafeLaunch, a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization, whose goal is to inform both parents and children about addiction. The SafeLaunch plane was on display at the AOPA event at the Ernest A. Love Prescott Municipal Airport.

“We started SafeLaunch to educate parents about brain development,” said SafeLaunch co-founder Janet Rowse. “It turns out that most people don’t know that the real risk for kids and drug use is the fact that their brains are not fully developed.”

SafeLaunch is sending home the message of addiction dangers to children in creative ways. During the AOPA (Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association) Fly-In at the Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, the organization brought a plane owned by fellow co-founder Ron Cuff and allowed children to make their own mark on the aircraft using markers and paint after learning a lesson about addiction dangers from Cuff and other volunteers.

“My hope is that by allowing kids to get this close to an airplane, become intimately familiar with it-the way it looks-the way it feels, perhaps inspire a dream in them,” said Cuff.

“I tell the kids that a good life is like a good flight. My flights have all been good because I plan for them, because I keep my mind sharp, because I always have a destination in mind and then I always have an alternate in mind,” Cuff continued. “So I tell the kids that they have to keep their mind sharp and they have to decide on what they plan to do with their life in order for it to be successful.”

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Wings Over Camarillo Air Show Youth Attendees to Paint their Dreams on a Cessna

Flights Above Addiction

An interactive aircraft exhibit for artistic youth and aviation enthusiasts comes to Wings Over Camarillo on August 20 & 21 with an important message

SafeLaunch will be bringing the “Flights Above Addiction” aircraft to the Wings Over Camarillo Airshow Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, to offer teens and pre-teens the chance to paint her fuselage with real paint. While famous aerobatic competitors Vicky Benzing, Dr. Frank Donnelly, Judy Phelps, John Collver and Tim Lust soar overhead, youth air show attendees, including some members from the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, will be painting their dreams for a healthy future onto the Cessna 182 named, “DJ”.  DJ, owned by former Point Mugu Missile Test Pilot and SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff, is the focal point for SafeLaunch, a primary addiction prevention nonprofit based in Santa Barbara.

“Kids, like pilots, need to stay sharp”, says Cuff, “and just like planning for a successful flight, kids need to have a life plan with a destination. Without a plan, a young person is far more susceptible to experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and going off course.”

SafeLaunch uses art and DJ to raise awareness about the high risk of addiction to young brains. “Fourteen year olds are up to six times more susceptible to developing a dependency to drugs and alcohol than are adults”, co-founder and co-pilot Janet Rowse says. “Going to airshows gives us the opportunity to meet families one-on-one and encourage them to do everything possible to prevent addiction where it starts 90% of the time… with early exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.” See Wings Over Camarillo for tickets and air show information. See SafeLaunch for more information or email info@SafeLaunch.org to get involved.

SafeLaunch is a registered California nonprofit, Tax ID #46-2832792. Through educational programs for families including Flights Above Addictionⓒ, Wind Beneath Our Wings, parent education seminars, and Media $500 Contestsⓒ, the number of children exposed to drugs and alcohol is reduced.

Crazy Pilot Coming To Santa Ynez Airport Day… Again!

SafeLaunch returns to Santa Ynez Airport Day with a Crazy Pilot, Paint and a Message on Saturday, May 21

Santa Ynez EventPilots and future pilots attending last year’s Santa Ynez Airport Day were stunned to see one pilot encourage kids to paint bright images all over his airplane! This Saturday, May 21 from 10am-3pm, he’ll be back.

Almost every pilot who witnessed the throng of enthusiastic kids painting the white Cessna Skylane last year thought that he must be crazy. He may well be, but there is a mission and a method to his madness. It’s called SafeLaunch and it is the name of the nonprofit Ron Cuff co-founded with Janet Rowse, wife of Santa Barbara City Councilmember Randy Rowse.

SafeLaunch, the name that implies launching kids safely into adulthood without the burden of addiction was derived from the thousands of safe launches from aircraft carriers that Commander Cuff witnessed and participated in while serving as a Naval Aviator.

SafeLaunch is the nation’s one and only nonprofit of its kind, 100% dedicated to primary prevention. According to Cuff, “Parents need to know that addiction affects over 23 million Americans and that 90% of it starts in the teen years.” Janet Rowse emphasizes the scientifically-proven vulnerability of teens’ developing brains– “This brain disease is almost 100% preventable, so it isn’t good enough to hope that your child will make a good decision whenever an opportunity presents itself,” she says. “Parents need information and tools to protect their children’s developing brains and futures, which is what SafeLaunch provides”.

Regardless of the “crazy pilot” moniker, Cuff can’t be dissuaded. “Hey, I’ve got a blank canvas that flies, and we tell kids that painting a life free from addiction is the way to go. All they need is a destination, a flight plan and a clear head.”

“Our Flights Above Addiction plane painting exhibit gives kids a chance to get up close and personal with aviation. It’s our hope that they will see their dreams take off just like this colorful airplane”, adds Rowse. “We invite everyone to come to this great local event where kids can take a free flight thanks to this great Santa Ynez airport, some committed EAA Young Eagles pilots and a generous community of sponsors.

For more information call 805-283-7233 or email info@safelaunch.org