Above the Clouds brings joy and hope through the wonder of flight to children and teens who have a serious illness or disability, are underserved, or facing other serious adversity. ATC’s programs provide important relief for kids under tremendous stress and inspire disengaged youth to participate in making their dreams come true. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization accomplishes its mission through its three programs: Dream Flyers, Discovery Flyers, and NEW Cadet Programs focused on STEM.
Kate MartinezCadet Flyer
Above the Clouds has changed my life because they have shown me that there are always new opportunities in every direction. I never thought that I could learn to fly a plane but I took a chance and learned to believe in myself as much as they believed in me
Greg BongiornoDream Flight Pilot
ATC is changing lives by taking the underutilized, dynamic world of general aviation and channeling those resources towards fostering happiness and exploration to young individuals that could have never imagined such an experience.”
Joan PahudItalian Home
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve seen AJ wearing his “Clouds” jacket frequently. The other day he was telling me & others all about his flight and how great it was. Thanks again to you and your organization for all you do for kids
Suad MonsourParent of Dream Flyer
We just came home from this wonderful experience that you gave us. Thank you for this gift we will never forget. In our journey of hope we have found very nice people like you standing behind us.
Lisa OlivioAunt of Dream Flyer
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the wonderful pilots and volunteers of this amazing group. Today you gave my nephew, Ryan Hastings, one of the best days of his life! You brought fun, excitement and adventure to a young boy who has been dealing with a cruel and vicious disease. We thank you for making him smile ear to ear.you are all angels on earth.Thank you for caring so much about others.
Dottie Engler -- Dream Flyer Parent
We are so grateful that in today’s world our Jackie is more accepted and understood than children with special needs have been in the past. But we had never thought that we would be as celebrated as he was by your Above the Clouds organization. Our hearts were beyond full as we experienced the most perfectly calibrated celebration of special children as has been put together by your organization. As a person with some experience in external relations I was supremely impressed by the administrative expertise exhibited by your volunteers last Saturday. I could fill this note with admiration for the attention to detail that we experienced. I know that the poster for Jackie meant gathering background on him, finding the right high school student to imagine and execute the poster, following up to see that it got done. That was only one detail and there were countless others -- the name tags, the cheering volunteers, the food, the pilot briefing, the photographer, and oh my gosh, the extraordinary personalized Top Gun gear waiting for Jackie when he returned from his flight. Every person we spoke to was so generous with their time and good will. I know the kind of time this event required, and am mightily impressed that it wasn’t just a singular event but something you do over and over again. Let me simply say that our hearts were brimming with appreciation for you an your organization that make possible once-in-a lifetime memories for the dearest children who most need celebrating. You are all extraordinary. Special thanks to pilot Marc and to your gracious coordinator Mary, who left no stone unturned in making this such a fabulous event in Jackie’s and our lives. Really, so generous and amazing. With great admiration, Dottie Engler.