I fly a single-engine airplane not capable of more than 120 KIAS. I'd love to fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) into my local airport (US), but want to make sure I fully understand the STAR procedure.
Most of these STARS I'm looking at flying are RNAV stars with "expect" altitudes, which I understand fully, but have published speed segments of around 250 to 210kts. It's my understanding that if I'm cleared for the arrival "cleared the Tops 5" I'm to follow published speeds and lateral guidance and the altitudes I'm given.
Is there ever a case I could fly a STAR and not have to follow published speeds or is it implied when flying the STAR? If my understanding is correct, I wouldn't be able to fly a STAR with published speeds if I can't meet them?
Could I file for a STAR in my flight plan and not get whacked with a pilot deviation if I'm cleared for the arrival and can't meet the speeds. I would think I couldn't fly them if I can't meet the speeds, but want to make sure I'm not missing something.