North Carolina pilot Chip Davis used to struggle in the dark to get the towbar on the nosegear of his C172A, so he came up with his own solution.
He started by noting that the collapsible towbar for Cessna, Beech, Piper, and many tailwheel aircraft has a T-handle made of 3/4-inch tubing.
“A single AAA-cell Maglite wrapped with 8 inches of duct tape will fit snugly into the open end of the T-handle and provide light exactly where you need it,” he said. “Wrap the tape around the barrel of Maglite, being careful to remain clear of both end caps. Test for a snug fit and adjust as necessary. Then, just twist the exposed Maglite head to turn the flashlight on and off.”
He even included a parts list: One $60 AS&S 13-01540 Deluxe Cessna Towbar; one Maglite K3A036 Solitaire; and 8 inches of 2-inch wide Duct Tape.