Kermit Was Wrong

Paul Bowers
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Paul Bowers

We're heading into the 4th Quarter. The bottom hasn't dropped out of the industry. Rather we're moving on and doing what what's needed to grow and prosper. Based on travels throughout the industry over the last few months, as well as story nominations submitted to the magazine, it is abundantly clear that there is real growth and prosperity to be had.

As you've probably realized by now, the editorial calendar of Airport Improvement isn't geared toward one particular area of an airport. We don't have a "runway" issue, a "winter ops" issue, or any other "hot category du jour" issue. How could we possibly hope to include everything needed about security into one issue and then ignore the topic for another year? Instead, we're all about covering airport projects in every major category, in each and every issue.

So what does that have to do with the magazine currently in your hands or on your screen? There are issues that seem to permeate our industry, bubble up repeatedly and won't be denied. Going green is one of them.

Covering green is not new for Airport Improvement. Our first issue put Winnipeg's green efforts front and center; and stories involving the virtues of green have appeared ever since. It seems 2009 has brought this industry a story as large as the recession: the greening of aviation.

An interesting realization occurred as we were putting the editorial together for this issue. We selected the best cross-section of your project nominations to address each category of the airport. As the stories started coming in, many also contained green elements that were integral to the outcome of the project. These articles wouldn't have packed half the punch they have if we had not included their green angles. This tends to make me wonder: Is green now mainstream? One can only hope.

Sorry Kermit, I beg to differ - it is easy being green.

Thanks for your continued support.

Cheers! Paul

BTW, you can search for articles from this or any other issue on our website at by topic, author, airport or any other keyword. Type in "green" or "environmental efforts" and see what you get.

Publisher's Column

2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement

Giving back to the community is central to what Charlotte Douglas International Airport and its operator, the City of Charlotte Aviation Department, is about, and last year was no different. 

Throughout 2022, while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued our efforts to have a positive impact on the Charlotte community. Of particular note, we spent the year sharing stories of how Connections Don't Just Happen at the Terminal - from creating homeownership and employment opportunities to supporting economic growth through small-business development and offering outreach programs to help residents understand the Airport better.

This whitepaper highlights the construction projects, initiatives, programs and events that validate Charlotte Douglas as a premier airport.

Download the whitepaper: 2022 Charlotte Douglas International Airport Report of Achievement.



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