November 15 (Wed) 7:00pm A Trip to Europe with my TBM 900 A Jet with a Prop

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

How many times have we watched the Pilatus Airplanes take off and land from San Carlos and marveled at it’s beauty and performance and wondered what it would be like to fly one. A Jet with a prop. Did you know,  DAHER-SOCATA built a similar plane as well called the TBM?  

How many times did you wonder what it would be like to fly to Europe and pretend your are Charles Lindbergh?  The freedom and solitude of you, altitude, speed and the ocean below. How would you do it?  What are the costs?  Is it even a realistic goal?

In this seminar, Mr. McGrath will use his recent flight to and from Europe in August-September 2017 to illustrate the requirements and costs of flying the North Atlantic and Europe.   The seminar will discuss the route and options for flying to Europe from California.  The discussion will include weather, survival equipment, airspace, ATC, costs, insurance and destinations.

Tom McGrath retired from Lockheed Martin in 2012 and now consults to the US Gov’t on Missile Defense.  

Mr. McGrath 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.

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