b'6 PUBLISHERS COLUMNMission AccomplishedPlanning an upcoming issue of this magazine is like the scheduleWhen I discovered the magnitude of what retailers must follow when they plan merchandise for the holidays.happened, it was an easy audible to call BUF It starts months in advance. We need to decide what to offer ourAirfield Superintendent Joe Guarino to see customers (profiles of interesting, informative airport projects) andif the airport would be interested in sharing how much to order (how many stories will appear in the issue).its story with other airports. It was, and he Obtaining permissions from subjects, setting up interviews, writing,graciously accepted our accelerated schedule proofing, fact-checking, and more proofing takes time. to include the story in this issue.Planning for March/Aprils issue started last fall, and many storiesLet me be clear. This is not just anotherPAUL BOWERS, PUBLISHERwere assigned around Thanksgiving. We were all set with the rightsnow removal article. Its a story about people, governmental number of stories, including some winter operations features fordepartments and private companies working together in ways that the perfect pairing with bonus distribution of this issue at the NEC/ you wont find listed in any of their job descriptions. The pictures AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium in April.and text tell a remarkable, heart-warming tale. This is a real feel-And then Mother Nature had something to say. The blizzard ofgood story about tireless airport workers who were resourceful, the century shut down Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)compassionate and even heroic under very difficult circumstances. for five days, endangering the lives of locals as well as thoseCongratulations are in order. However, I doubt anyone involved traveling through the area. Before the storm subsided, more thanwould want to ever go through a blizzard like this ever again.50 inches of snow had fallen.Cheers!MASTERMIND YOUR APRONONE INTELLIGENT PLATFORM TO MANAGE YOUR AIRSIDE ECOSYSTEMADB SAFEGATE applies automation, integration and digitalization to provide an intelligent approach to managing apron activities from landing to takeoff. Our innovative Intelligent AiPRON platform integratesallthesystemsandprocessesimportanttoapron operations into a single ecosystem that uses machine learning technologies to unleash the power of data and predictability. Advanceddockingsystemsensuresafeandpreciseaircraft stopseverytime,eveninpoorvisibility.Operationaldatais constantly analyzed and presented to stakeholders in real time toimprovedecisionmaking,mitigateirregularitiesandcreate recommendationstohelpdeliveron-timedepartures.Allof which equals faster, safer and greener turnarounds that boost the customer experience.March | April 2023AirportImprovement.com'