Leggat Aviation was
founded by Jim Leggat in 1945 at Barker Airfield (a small airport
then located at Dufferin and Lawrence in Toronto). Jim’s intent was
to form a company that would serve the needs of small aircraft
owners. The company blossomed from there, so much that in 1953, Leggat Aviation moved its operation to a small grass strip on the
northern outskirts of Toronto called Buttonville. Jim, his two brother-in-laws, Hedley and Ross
Tripp, along with Tom Smith grew the business to meet the demands of
a growing airport and growing industry. That small grass
strip is now known as Toronto Buttonville Airport; an airport
serving the needs of private, commercial and corporate aviation.
John Leggat joined
the company in 1970 after graduating from the University of Waterloo
in Mechanical Engineering. Having worked summers and countless
weekends with his father before graduating, John had been influenced
by Jim's wisdom, knowledge and passion, as well as his
maternal Grandfather, Len Tripp who was a flight instructor and member of
the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.
After Jim Leggat’s death in 2001, his great intentions still live on
and Leggat Aviation continues to go above and beyond to service the
needs of aircraft owners.
Over the years,
Leggat Aviation has become a well known name within the aviation
community, having represented Champion and subsequently becoming the
Canadian distributor for the Bellanca Citabria and Bellanca Viking
until the late 1970s. During that same period Leggat Aviation was a
Mooney dealer and authorized service centre for the new M20C, F and
the new M20J and M20K models. Leggat Aviation retained its
service centre status until the early 2000s.
During the 1970s and
1980s Leggat was also a dealer for Waco, the Grumman American
Aircraft Corp for the AA5A and AA5B series as well as an authorized
Piper Service Centre. In 1989 Leggat was appointed as an
Authorized Cessna Service Station for the Cessna Single Engine and
Multi-Engine piston as well as the Cessna Caravan. In 1997,
Leggat became a Cessna dealer-- CSTAR for Eastern Canada for the new
production aircraft--- 172, 182 and 206 and most recently the
Corvalis 350 and 400 developing the Cessna market once again.
In 2004, Leggat became an authorized Cirrus Service support
for the new entry aircraft.
foundation of the business is the sales of the new Cessna piston products in Eastern
Canada and the support of the Cessna family with parts sales throughout
The company's depth,
and long term knowledgeable staff allow for quality experience for
all its customers.