How do you increase speed while cruising?

I’m pretty much a beginner in the flight world, so bare with me. I’ve noticed some planes have a cruise speed such as what I’m flying TBM 930, and the cruise speed is 330 kts. However, when I’m cruising I only get like 230-250. How exactly do you increase the speed to maybe the higher 200s or 300s?

I understand the flaps, they’re up, as well as the landing gear.

What altitude? Are you looking at IAS (indicated airspeed) or TAS (true airspeed)?

Oh ok I see. Yeah IAS is 230s, while TAS is 280. Hmm, but like I said, is there a technique to go faster? Do I have to climb higher to go faster? I’m at 10k altitude.

Are you flying with a Head Wind or Tail Wind? Both of these factors as well as @Hester40MT’s altitude comment will have effect on airspeed.

Check all the levers next to the throttle. If there are blue and red levers, use them wisely and you gain a lot of speed :wink:

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Now, I’m a beginner myself and I’m not sure if I’m doing this right, but when I want to increase my cruise speed I increase throttle and then trim until vert. speed is at zero.

I’m reading about Headwind and Tailwind, I just can’t tell on my aircraft. I mean I’m able to find the wind and it’s 225 @ 3kts while I’m heading @ 288.

The TBM has a service ceiling of FL310 (31,000 to simplify) off the top of my head.

You should be cruising at somewhere around FL280 - FL310 (if the flight length permits). That will dramatically increase your true airspeed and ground speed, as well as triple your fuel economy compared to 10,000 feet

Hmm, so essentially in general the higher your altitude is the odds you’ll probably actually hit around your max cruise speed? Such as going to around the max altitude the aircraft states?

In short, yes.

Without spending hours explaining, in short, Air is thinner and colder, Less drag, Able to increase torque while keeping the internal parts of the turbine cooler, due to all of this the fuel consumption rate will dramatically decrease as you climb even though you can increase throttle as you climb

Ok makes sense. So I’m guessing when you’re in world view and looking at the planes the Cruise speed, such as 330 is actually the TAS speed instead of the IAS?

Haven’t even paid attention to that screen in FS2020 to be honest, but yeah you aren’t cruising at 330knots indicated airspeed in a TBM 930.

Instead of focusing specifically on a speed, your actual aim is to set the correct cruise power. The speed will figure itself out depending on winds aloft etc too.

If you want to be realistic, Have a look online, you can find the Pilots Operating Handbook, it has charts that you can look at. you manage your power on the outside air temperature and altitude… and weather you what maximum range or not. it’ll show you what you should be setting your Torque and N1% to during cruise. Focus on that rather than trying to max out a speed or hit a target speed

Yes, cruise speed is usually given in TAS, not IAS. Because when you’re up at cruise altitude your TAS will be much higher than your IAS, and it’s your TAS that determines how quickly you get to places.

Ground speed is what determines how quickly you get to places

Yep, which is the sum of your TAS and the wind, but you’re right that TAS by itself is not enough.

… If you really want to go fast, hand control over to AI co-pilot Chuckie. He/she guns it, until no more can be wrung out of the poor screaming overheating powerplant - regardless of ATC instructions, flight conditions or approaching mountains.

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Have a look at the real TBM manual here:

You’ll find that some of the numbers given for the real aircraft apply more or less to the sim such as maximum altitude, approach speed, etc. The manual is much more detail than you need or what is actually implemented in the sim but worth a skim through at least.