“I gotta Bogi on my fender and I can’t shake it off!” Contrary to how that might sound, that is actually a good thing.
Planes, when stationed, sometimes need to be moved without a pilot revving up the engine and turning those propellers. Pushback may be useful while powerback is not often recommended. Depending on type of aircraft and where the engine is located, these procedures may introduce sand, dirt and other damaging agents into the engine or to local structures.
But you still need your stationary aircraft moved.
Unfortunately, not all of us have bodybuilders sitting around trying to test their strength, prepping for a load-carrying competition. In fact, NONE of us have bodybuilders just moseying around the hangar. Would that be nice? Perhaps. Is it realistic? No. True, you could pull a plane but not everyone is geared toward straining their muscles.
Light-weight aircraft is somewhat of a misnomer. A “light-weight” vehicle is still quite heavy. If you can’t lift or at least push or pull your vehicle with your bare hands without risking a hernia, then you need a tool to do the job for you.
Spend any amount of time in and around planes and you have definitely seen a towbar help transport an inactive plane from one place to another. It’s a great way to conserve energy and prevent frustration. It’s also less cumbersome than doing it yourself. And while a tractor and tug may not be necessary or even an option, a towbar might do the trick. Even if a tug is necessary, a towbar is often required. Now if you only had a dependable one…
There are many towbars on the market but really good ones come from Bogert Aviation. One of the best I’ve seen is the Universal Big Bogi. Watch this video demonstration and see why I feel this way:
The “universal” designation translates to versatility. This versatility is created by four interchangeable “feet” that allow for a multitude of configurations that will conform to pretty much any plane fit for flying. There are additional holes for additional feet as needed. The adding and subtracting of feet thus eliminates the need to have several towbars—now it is all-in-one. And that, my fellow owners, will save you money.
Besides satisfying my thrifty-nature, the Universal Big Bogi has a really convenient adjustment mechanism. Inside the main bar is yet another bar that extends; this extended bar has pre-cut holes in which a pin locks the adjusted length in place. If you hear a snap, the pin has securely locked the new length. Really cool.
Handles situated on the main bar and the extending bar also allow for hand pulling (if you want to unleash your inner bodybuilder). And if not, or if you decide you’d rather have a vehicle escort your plane, attachments are available (clevis or ring).
Is this blog post a shameful plug? No. Is it a promotion? Yes. Here’s the thing: we carefully track what sells well and what doesn’t. The reason is simple—we don’t want to stock items that will collect dust and we don’t want to offer products that don’t appeal to our customer base. Having monitored sales of this towbar, we know that it gets the job done. And that alone merits a mention on the blog.
So travel the world in your aircraft, but when you need a break, land. And when you want to move your inoperable bird to a desired position, seek out the Universal Big Bogi.