photo 2-4Above the Clouds was founded in 2012 by Gary Oberstein, Senior Counsel, Nixon Peabody, LLP.  Gary and Martha Oberstein devoted their time and energy for years to provide Dream Flights to children facing serious illnesses and adversity.  Gary is the former managing partner at Nixon Peabody’s Boston office and an instrument-rated private pilot. As a practicing labor and employment attorney for 30 years, he has been legal counsel to dozens of charitable organizations. He has sat on the boards of several charities that serve the needs of children as well as on the board of IMC Club, International, an organization serving instrument-rated pilots. Gary has lived in the Boston area since 1986 and has had the joy and privilege of flying out of Norwood Memorial Airport for the past 15 years.

Above the Clouds was born out of Gary’s desire to pair his passion for aviation with his wish to help seriously ill, disabled and underserved youth and other children facing serious adversity. Gary and a growing squadron of volunteer pilots have volunteered their time to provide airplane rides for Above the Clouds. Along with his wife, Martha Oberstein, Gary launched Above the Clouds with a huge heart and a passion for aviation.  Years later, thousands of at risk youth have been served by Above the Clouds programs and the organization continues to grow.  Gary served as a devoted Executive Director -and, Martha as the Director of Operations, until 2021.


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. ATC engages dedicated volunteer pilots, ground crew and “joy makers”.

The non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization accomplishes its mission through its four programs: Dream FlyersDiscovery Flyers, new STEM Cadet Flyers programs and the Dream Flyover Program created in response to the Covid-19 shutdown.  Our squadron of volunteer pilots and dedicated volunteers make it all possible. Above the Clouds flies out of Norwood Memorial Airport in Norwood, Massachusetts.