Safford Regional Airport

Safford Regional Airport (IATA: SAD, ICAO: KSAD, FAA LID: SAD) is in Graham County, Arizona 3 miles (2.6 nmi; 4.8 km) east of Safford, which owns it.[1] The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013 categorizes it as a general aviation facility.[2] It is the only paved airport in Graham County.

Safford Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Safford
ServesSafford, Arizona
Elevation AMSL3,179 ft / 969 m
Coordinates32°51′12″N 109°38′06″W / 32.85333°N 109.63500°W / 32.85333; -109.63500Coordinates: 32°51′12″N 109°38′06″W / 32.85333°N 109.63500°W / 32.85333; -109.63500
SAD is located in Arizona
SAD is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6,006 1,831 Asphalt
8/26 4,800 1,463 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 72 22 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations8,690
Based aircraft32


The Civilian Pilot Training Airport or Wickersham Airport was 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Safford, where the fairgrounds are today. Safford Regional Airport as we know it was built as a military auxiliary field during World War II. On November 11, 1941, a 20-year lease for the airport site was given to the City of Safford by the U.S. Government. By March 8, 1946 the airport site was transferred to the City of Safford permanently.

  • 1949: Land acquisition, construction of access road and cattle guard, fencing.
  • 1950: Installation of medium intensity runway lighting (MIRL) on NE/SW runway, modification of lighting service and control segmented circle and lighted wind cone, construction of curbs for auto parking, fencing. Installation of 10-inch (250 mm) clear- green rotating beacon.
  • 1952: Construction of water supply and distribution system, convert single phase electrical system to 3 phase.
  • 1974: Overlay and marking of Runway 12/30 (approximately 4,800 feet (1,500 m) by 75 feet) and taxiway (approximately 2,800 feet (850 m) by 40 feet); pave aircraft parking apron (approximately 22,000 sq yd).
  • 1981: Installation of MIRL; 12/30. Construction of parking Apron.
  • 1983: Construction of medium intensity taxiway lighting (MITL), place guidance signs and mark parallel taxiway (approximately 370 feet (110 m) by 35 feet), install Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI-2) and runway edge identifier lights (REIL), runway ends 12/30. Grading, drainage and surfacing of taxiway 12/30.
  • 1986: Slurry sealing of runway 12/30.
  • 1987: Reconstruction and marking of runway 8/26 (approximately 75 feet (23 m) by 4,800 feet), mark taxiway hold lines and grade 200 by 125 feet (38 m) at both ends of the runway.
  • 1992: Extension of taxiway B to runway 12/30 eastern end, crack seal and overlay existing taxiway A and B, install MITL along Taxiway C and extend taxiway B.
  • 1994: Reconstruction of runway 12/30 excluding recent extension and construction of terminal parking lot.
  • 1995: Paving of auto parking lot.
  • 1996: Reconstruction and expansion of existing terminal apron.
  • 1997: ASOS Weather Station installed.
  • 1998: Construction of heliport, providing of runway 8/26 pavement and airport fencing.[citation needed]

Airline service historyEdit

In the 1950s, the original Frontier Airlines' DC-3s stopped at Safford; they left in 1964.[citation needed]


The airport covers 630 acres (250 ha) at an elevation of 3,179 feet (969 m). It has two asphalt runways: 12/30 is 6,006 by 100 feet (1,831 x 30 m) and 8/26 is 4,800 by 75 feet (1,463 x 23 m). It has one concrete helipad, H1, 72 by 72 ft (22 x 22 m).[1]

In the year ending March 31, 2009 the airport had 8,690 aircraft operations, average 23 per day: 93% general aviation, 7% military and <1% air taxi. 32 aircraft were then based at this airport: 56% single-engine, 41% multi-engine and 3% helicopter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SAD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 1 (PDF, 1.33 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.

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