December 2 (Sat) 12:00pm The TBM 900: A Jet with a Prop

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Let’s face it, these airplanes are really cool. Pilatus Aircraft Ltd makes the Pilatus we see at San Carlos and DAHER-SOCATA makes a similar plane called the TBM. Either way, they are jet engines with props capable of flying in the flight levels. And now you too can fly them. Here is your chance to find out how and see one up close.

In this seminar, Mr. McGrath will describe the transition from high performance single engine piston aircraft to single engine turboprops.  Mr. McGrath made the transition from Bonanza to TBM 850 in 2012 and continues to fly the TBM for business and pleasure.

The seminar will include discussion of pilot requirements, costs, insurance, training, wt/balance considerations, turboprop engine specifics, hi-altitude environment, on-board radar, performance and a typical flight.

He will bring his plane for viewing after the seminar. Do not miss this unique opportunity.

Mr. McGrath retired from Lockheed Martin in 2012 and now consults to the US Gov’t on Missile Defense. He is a private pilot with SEL-I privileges.  With approximately 6000 hours flight time, with 4500 in Bonanzas and 1600 in TBM turboprops, he now flies 300-350 hours a year for business and personal purposes.  Seeking adventure, Mr. McGrath has flown Bonanzas to Europe, South America, Central America, Caribbean, Bahamas and Alaska.  With the TBM, he has flown to Europe 3 times.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

Any questions, contact us at (650) 946-1700 or

San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.