What is the cruise speed and altitude for the TBM

Hey everybody I was wondering what is the normal cruise altitude and speed for the TBM as I may do some flights with it

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General characteristics

Performance

  • 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)[29]
  • 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?

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No not entirely.

Ok but I could do that every time and it would be alright?

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I am just looking for speed and altitude it doesn’t have to be perfect

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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?

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Yeah around those speeds because as you climb your airspeed goes down

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The Alt depends on what heading you are flying.

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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

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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)

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It’s just something airplanes do in real life, to maintain separation in the air when to planes pass going in opposite directions.

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Thank you everybody :) this topic can be closed

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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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