Hey everybody I was wondering what is the normal cruise altitude and speed for the TBM as I may do some flights with it
- Crew: one or two pilots
- Capacity: four to six occupants, including pilots
- Payload: 636 kg (1,403 lb) (max)
- Length: 10.736 m (35.22 ft)
- Wingspan: 12.833 m (42.10 ft)
- Height: 4.355 m (14.29 ft)
- Wing area: 18 m² (193.75 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 2,097 kg (4,629 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3,353 kg (7,394 lb)
- Usable fuel: 291 US gal / 1,100 liters
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D turboprop, 634 kW (850 hp)
- Maximum speed: 611 km/h (330 knots) FL280
- Cruise speed: 467 km/h (252 knots) long range cruise at FL310
- Range: 3,304 km (1,730 nmi) long range cruise at FL310
- Service ceiling: 9,450 m (31,000 ft)
- Fuel consumption: 208 l/h (55.0 US gal/h), 164 kg/h at 320 kn (590 km/h) TAS, FL310, normal cruise, 6300 lb (2858 kg)
- Time-to climb to 31,000 ft.: 18 min 45 s
From Wikipedia to give you a rough estimate on the characteristics of it.
So I should cruise at 252 knots at FL310?
No not entirely.
Ok but I could do that every time and it would be alright?
I am just looking for speed and altitude it doesn’t have to be perfect
FL240 To FL280 is what I would normally cruise at with it at about 200 knots to 140 knots.
Ok FL240-280 at 140-200 knots?
Yeah around those speeds because as you climb your airspeed goes down
The Alt depends on what heading you are flying.
Yeah to follow on that, with any aircraft, usually you should fly at odd FL (i.e. FL 310, 330, 350, …) when going in any direction between 0-179 degrees, and even levels (FL 300, 320, 340, …) when going HDG 180-359. Hope this helps! ;D
Your altitudes for flying VFR are in the +500 increments. Ex: 31,500 FT/ 33,500FT. If you are flying under IFR conditions with a heading of let’s say 129°, your ALT will be odd. (33,000FT)
It’s just something airplanes do in real life, to maintain separation in the air when to planes pass going in opposite directions.
Thank you everybody :) this topic can be closed
You’re welcome mate
For future reference you can use this topic as it contains speeds, altitude, and more on the existing fleet in IF currently. 🙂
I think you should cruise at 252 kts regardless of the cruising altitude.
Example: the A320’s cruising speed is M 0.78 and its service ceiling is 41000ft. However, if i’m cruising at 35000ft, I will still cruise at M 0.78.
However, M 0.78 at 41,000ft is a different airspeed than M 0.78 at 35,000ft.
Yes, but that’s not important here since the Mach speed is the same.
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