You're about to page through our largest edition ever. It's a hefty 88 pages, with 14 stories, a couple personal perspective columns and plenty of pertinent industry advertising-all bound for four trade shows: ACI-NA, Boyd Forecast Summit, NASAO and SWIFT. Whew, I get winded just thinking about it!
But the best part is this: The lion's share of article ideas came from you. Airport personnel, their consultants and other industry insiders have provided an abundant pipeline of story leads ever since we began publishing the magazine more than eight years ago. For this, I whole-heartedly thank you.
Why is this important? Because the projects and topics we cover are real, not theoretical. Moreover, the articles are not simply supplied by PR agencies or other self-interested parties. They're researched and written by our own staff to ensure balance and objectivity. We are honored that you trust us to tell your stories fairly and accurately. Clearly, you realize Airport Improvement is a safe place to share with others in the industry.
Special thanks go to our profile subjects who talk about projects or initiatives that didn't go exactly as planned. It's easy to share triumphs, but much more instructive to discuss the challenges. In business as in life, we learn the most from our struggles. It's truly admirable that so many airports are willing to help their peers by being forthright about their own struggles and challenges.
Together, our futures look bright. As long as there are airport projects taking place, there will be stories for us to cover and share. In fact, we invite each and every one of you to let us know what you're working on-perhaps at one of the many trade shows this September. As you can tell from this issue and others, we don't print sensationalist exposes; we showcase topics and projects others within the industry can learn from. We'll do our best to make you proud and provide others with helpful information.