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Best Tugs Pull Their Weight

By Ti Windisch, EAA Staff Writer

July 25, 2018 - Best Tugs brought its two newest tugs to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, and like the rest of the products the company offers, the new ones are already flying off the shelves.

The two new tugs are the Romeo and Echo models. Romeo is a remote control tug with models capable of handling between 5,000-24,000 pounds, depending on model. Echo is the first riding tug made by Best Tugs and is rated for between 12,000-24,000 pounds depending on the model.

Mark Patey, EAA 728628, and CEO and owner of Best Tugs, said AirVenture attendees can find like-minded fans of aviation if they stop by the Best Tugs booth, No. 3130B in Epic Aircraft Exhibit Hangar C.

“This is some pretty new, fun stuff,” Mark said. “We’re aviation people. Everyone in this company is a pilot. We know what plane you’re flying; we understand it. We’ll just gab airplanes with you. Come take a look, when you’re ready; hopefully, we’ll be caught up with orders and be able to sell you one.”

In addition to all of the tugs that Best Tugs is selling, the company has also given some to EAA for the Young Eagles program and the EAA Employee Flying Club. Mark said the EAA community embracing Best Tugs made those donations easy decisions.

“We’ve been really fortunate and been received with open arms from the aviation community,” Mark said. “We’re selling more tugs per day than what we thought we’d sell per month. When you find that kind of reaction, and you see that kind of growth, you’d be silly not to give back.”