Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013 11:52
Written by Birgit Hutz
Weep No More - Now in Europe
Mooney owners worldwide wait the time when their tanks show that inevitable blue stain or the first smell of fuel creeps into the cabin. What is an owner to do? Bruce Jaeger und Paul Beck received several questions from Europe. Was there need for a European Weep No More associate?
Through EMPOA contacts and at the EMPOA Flight Safety training where Bruce Jaeger was one of the flight instructors, Bruce learned that there were plenty of fuel tank issues in Europe. The process of selecting a European Weep No More associate was under way. Through the efforts of EMPOA (especially Thomas Hamacher) and Weep No More the search ended with the selection of Mastenbroek Aeroskill of the Netherlands. Their previous Mooney service experience, facilities, staff and sincere desire to be involved resulted in a visit of Bruce.
Bruce presented the obstacles and opportunities. An agreement was reached and plans were made for training at the Minnesota home base. Rick Sijp of Mastenbroek learned about minor leak detection and repair to total clean and reseal. The original Weep No More seven-year learning curve was to be accelerated into a one-week training session. Rick Sijp and Paul Beck accepted this huge challenge and are confident that Mastenbroek will help the European Mooney owners with the Weep No More technique. Paul Beck will support Mastenbroek with open lines of communication.
Specialized equipment and needed materials are on hand and Mastenbroek Aeroskill is prepared. Both can be made a minor leak repair or total clean and reseal.