Chartright Air Group takes over former Millard Air hangar

Chartright Air Group, one of Canada's largest private aviation maintenance and charter flight companies, is taking over the Waterloo airport hangar that was leased by Millard Air, the company belonging to accused killer Dellen Millard.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport says the airplane hanger that was once occupied by Millard Air, the company belonging to aviation heir and accused killer Dellen Millard, is now being leased to Chartright Air Group, a private charter flight, jet rental and aircraft maintenance company. 

The hangar made headlines when police discovered a cache of stolen auto parts within its walls in May 2013, following Millard's arrest in connection to the murder of Tim Bosma, a Hamilton-area father of two who placed his truck for sale online and never returned from a test drive with two men he thought were prospective buyers. 

Now the hangar will become the newest location for Toronto-based Chartright, which operates six locations across the country, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina and Timmins. 

The building once owned by Millard Air is the largest hangar at the Waterloo Region International Airport and will now house what's referred to in the aviation industry as a fixed based operation, or FBO. 

"For a lack of a better term it's a hotel for airplanes," airport general manager Chris Wood said Thursday. "So when the businessman or businesswoman flies in for the day, the FBO offers services like fuel, hangarage, maintenance, pilot facilities, weather briefings, parking spaces, things like that."

Chartright plans to move its helicopter maintenance repair operations from Toronto into the facility, where the company has outgrown its hangar capacity.

The sale of the lease of the former Millard Air hangar to Chartright brings to an end a nearly two-year search for a new tenant for the building. 

Wood said he doubts the potential stigma of a hangar being linked to an accused killer played any role in the length of time it took Millard Air to find a buyer. 

"There are very few companies that can utilize the sheer size and height of that structure," Wood said. "I would think that would be what took the most time. There's a limited number of people who can use it."

In a news release, the Waterloo Region International Airport said it expects the new facility could generate up to 40 new jobs.