Our 10,000sqf maintenance facility was completed in 1942 at the Coolidge Airport, P08. This is where all of the heavy maintenance is done in the winter. We take time to foresee potential setbacks and delays and take all necessary actions to correct them. All the annuals are done at this time and other specialty items such as paint, interior, or avionics upgrades. For the rest of the year all maintenance is transferred for completion out on the road.
Maintenance is such a huge priority, it doesn’t matter if it’s in Florida or Washington State, we will never have a plane lose a day of flying for scheduled maintenance.
With the 2002 fire season, Safford Aviation introduced the Fleet Maintenance Aircraft. The maintenance aircraft are Piper Seneca III and a Cherokee Six, both specially equipped to perform all maintenance necessary at the Baron’s ever changing bases of operation. Also both maintenance planes carry the same High Visibility red and white paint scheme as the fleet of Barons it serves.
The Seneca is piloted by the Director of Maintenance (DOM). The role of the DOM is to oversee the continued airworthiness of the entire fleet, the Quality Assurance Officer (an additional company management person) in the field ensuring a quality product for the people we serve, and Company Safety Liaison. The DOM job is to visit the bases where the Safford Barons are operating, perform maintenance inspections, provide another set of eyes on the aircraft, consult with the Agency personnel that are using the aircraft, and ensure delivery of a quality product. No other company provides a mobile, regularly scheduled maintenance program. Safford Aviation has taken the position of making Maintenance and service proactive, rather than reactive.
Safford Aviation maintains a standardized fleet of Beech Barons. As in the military standardization model, the Safford Baron fleet is easier to maintain and maintenance personnel are trained exclusively for the Baron fleet. This ensures a high degree of technical knowledge and offers strong benefits, parts commonality, and eliminates having to spread technical knowledge and parts inventories over several different types or even makes of aircraft.