"Let's start with Something Nice and easy and measurable like Like membership membership has grown. You know we've had phenomenal growth. Actually when you look at it over the last last five years and membership and we are now in a place where memberships When you look at all types of memberships from families to students to everybody else so well over over two hundred forty thousand members which we haven't seen that number before so this is a great great story that I think is all about the value that DA is bringing bringing to the aviation community and people are voting with their membership cards by being a part of our members when we send out survey work? Don't do indicate that the publication is one one of the number one reasons that they belong to. And you think about how it's evolved how it's improved. You know the the pictures of the quality of the diversity of articles they the value. It's forty bucks. I mean that you can't beat that for a subscription I think a lot of other subscriptions that are out there that are far more expensive than that without nearly the content so so bravo boys. Thanks for doing a great job on it. Well we hear from a lot of people who opened it up read your column and then just set the magazine aside for a while too so it's more of a reflection house. How's what that's all about Let's hop from publications as as much as I would like to sit here and have our praises Sung a little more two programs Yeah obviously known for so many programs that have done so much good for the general aviation community. A new one on the season this year was the Ray Aviation Scholarship program. which if you haven't heard I don't know how you haven't heard it's been everywhere but providing more than one hundred flight training scholarships through the Chapter Network? What are your thoughts on this program and why it has been so successful in your one? I all since we're reflecting on two thousand nineteen this probably has been the most significant new program that has occurred in a long time but he a very. I'm very proud of it. And it has a An impact that's far reaching a very comprehensive is GonNa make the difference in kids lies. I the Ray Foundation stepped up Provided the funding for us to to do something different. The challenge was in flight training today. It's about an eighty percent dropout rate. Call all at sixty seventy eighty but eighties bout what it is. They said they believed in US through our chapter network if we picked people who are engaged in the chapters young people which means they were already part of the chapter and involved in the chapter was willing to mentor them through the flight training process that we could reverse that trend and create eighty percents success rate and we gladly took that on because we believe strongly that that is one of the ingredients that makes flight training more successful is having that mentorship and somebody. That's is that helping you along the journey To date we've had a significant number of people Solo we had a significant number of people actually get their private pilot's license license and we are actually well above eighty percent on those who have completed an eighty percent of the people who have entered the program so that may be eighty percent of those who have proceeded to the point of getting a check right of passed it. The there has been no. I think there's been one or two dropouts but that was because of circumstances. Either moving or airplane not available but the data early on is really convincing in the foundation believes in it. They're going to continue you too funded It's a huge program for us in a huge program for getting us through the through the pipes license. Well we've had race collars that have. It's not only pass their check rides but they themselves are starting to fly Young Eagles and you think about that in the space of a year you know going from essentially somebody who would be a young eagle to flying a young eagles with the with the support of these funds that that the foundation entrust us with and they're they're supporting us even more strongly in twenty twenty s and that they are They continue to increase the amount of money. That's being made available for these scholarships which is really encouraging You know we can continue to keep delivering the numbers but but your point also how I think it shows the importance of the chapter network in the value that it brings to help someone get immersed in aviation ride and it's it's been so exciting for us is to. Is We publish stories on our blog and through your hotline newsletter and stuff every week We just had a meeting recordings had a meeting yesterday and said had you know we've got to spread spread out The great race caller news that we get because we're getting so many Weekday weekend sound sort of silly but you know here's another one that's a solo. There's there's no impassive private check right and we're going to celebrate every single one of them but we need to make sure that they get that they get their attention. Deserves a great problem to have your here but but I think it's. It's a fascinating that everybody searched for. How do you how do you create more success in the flight training as far as completion? And I think we're onto something here again through the chapter network. Yeah and then I mean just speaking of of chapters. What are you hearing from chapter leaders? You have conversations with all sorts of air throughout the year about the strength of aviation in local communities. You know it's been hit or miss. I mean I think with a good economy. We're seeing as a whole L.. Recreationally Aviation is back to being stronger than it was say back to the two thousand eleven timeframe. So we're seeing that uptick. The you know the old saying goes is a hi tide rises all the whole ship. So we're seeing some of that I think that at the local community level. We still have a lot of groundwork to do to make sure that the community's unity's Bhai into understanding the importance of an airport in sports of what the chapters do there and helping develop young people How it impacts the con- The economy economy in the local area from a positive standpoint so this year in twenty twenty where I know? We're going to talk about twenty eight thousand but we're going to start working harder out of the chapter office to have more of an outreach outreach to help the chapters work at the local level with the airports to understand that so that we don't cause airports to go away and against Berta speaking of of chapters outreach and their importance to all this you know. We've got a touch on young eagles and look at At us we're we're somewhere Either just just added very quickly approaching two point. Two million kids which is just absolutely absolutely staggering Would you look back at the foundation of that program It back in the early nineties and that goal to reach a million kids by two thousand three three one hundredth anniversary of the Wright brothers powered flight. A lot of people swore. It couldn't be done yet. It has now become Something something that is is only it has done is become very foundational tar mission as to how we get young people into aviation and each year we continue to add another sixty. Seventy thousand young n people were taking those first flights very very important element of what we do at the chapter level in two thousand nineteen. We really step back and said okay. We've flown to point to We have wonderful value for them. In order to get the sport he's learned to fly course with it The logbook and in association with a chapter after but we keep asking. The question is to how do we continue to keep young. People engage between eight and seventeen when you can actually start learning into four sixteen. Bit Learning to formally fly by adding programmatic activities to to get young people engaged Twenty nineteen we. We launched the Virtual Virtual Flight Academy which is Microsoft flight simulator or prepare because the other software base That you can download as a member for free the the four or five lessons and then there's a up charged adolescence to it to give young people a chance to fly on their simulator at home. We created association with the AMA the modeling group to be able to do chapter build of an airplane and go out and work with an AMA chapter to learn to fly We've just done all sorts of things to try to keep that engagement of a young person up to that time where they can actually start beginning to do their flight training. And we're really going to double down on that and twenty twenty"