April 28th and 29th, 2012
Multispectral Labs (UML), Oklahoma State University, NASA OK Space
Grant Consortium, Zivko Aeronautics, Spirit AeroSystems, AUVSI
Latest additions (2/12/2012) in red
is an exciting, high-speed aircraft design competition which is intended to foster enthusiasm for
aviation, and unmanned aircraft design. For 2012, there are two flight classes:
Alpha Class is the Advanced
class. There are fewer propulsion restrictions, and more
challenging performance and tasks are required.
India Class is the Invitational Class. For 2011-2012, it is open to high-school teams on an invitational basis
top 3 teams in each class will be recognized with awards. The winners of each class will be awarded the Speedfest
General Aircraft Requirements
Additional Rules and Information
Entry Form Format
The Speedfest flight course can be seen in the figure below:
in each class is based on distance traveled (laps) within two minutes,
on a course with 2 turn markers spaced 600ft. apart. One point is
awarded for each turn marker crossed. Teams will be ranked by
their best score.
- Laps are figure 8’s with all turns away from the pilot.
- Time begins when an aircraft passes over the first turn marker, and a signal is given by the flight line judge.
crossing the first upwind turn marker, it is the turn marker judges
that will indicate passage by raising a flag. (The course will be
administered similar to the standard AMA 2-pylon course method.)
Judges located near the spectator line, will use a sighting guide to
determine when a plane has passed a turn line, at which point the judge
will raise a flag. The flag will be lowered shortly afterwards
when the line is crossed outbound.
is not necessary to fly exactly around the turn markers. It is
the turn lines that assure a minimum distance has been flown by each
aircraft. The turn markers serve to locate the distance of the course away from the flight crew, judges, and
spectators per AMA safety guidelines.
- 1 point is awarded each time a turn marker judge raises a flag (each 1/2 lap).
Each time an aircraft misses a turn marker, the flight will be
penalized one full lap (2 points).
Classes: Teams with the same overall score in one of the top
three positions will fly again in a
tiebreaker round. Only one attempt is allowed. Teams will
fly the exact same mission profile that they did for the general round
however, time will be increased from 2 minutes to 4 minutes. All
other requirements stay the same. In case of a second tie, teams
will be awarded the same place.
- Battery-electric propulsion only
- 5S Lipo Maximum
- 400g maximum battery weight inclusive of connectors, wires, and covering
- No BEC allowed. Receiver must be powered by a separate battery. The receiver battery may only power the receiver and servos.
rockets allowed. All parts brought into the box must remain with
the airplane at all times. No component may be left behind (such
as a catapult)
must take off from within a 10ft x 10ft x 2ft tall open-top box, placed
near the runway. Aircraft may not touch the sides of the box prior to engine start.
a team has completed their 2 minute run, the aircraft must deploy a
team banner, and then fly the course for 1 complete lap before exiting
the course. The banner lap does not start until a turn marker is
crossed, and ends when that same turn marker is crossed again.
The banner must be at least 3”x14” and may be made out
of any material. The 3"x14" part of the banner must:
- be completely unfurled before the banner lap begins
- trail completely (at least 14") behind the aftmost part of the aircraft
- not break nor leave the aircraft
at any time
to complete the banner lap will result in a 5-lap (10 point) penalty for that
flight. It is acceptable to retract the banner after the banner
lap is complete.
- Teams will be provided with a Tower Hobbies Uproar 40 kit: Uproar Kit and everything needed to build and fly the aircraft (engine, radio, servos, tools, etc.)
- Glow fuel O.S. 46LA ABN w/Muffler engine only. Unmodified stock engine and stock exhaust.
geometry of the stock airframe may not be modified. It is
acceptable to add drag reduction devices such as wheel pants, fairings,
etc. Teams may also substitute the stock covering to design their own color scheme.
The fuel shall be contest-supplied, Cool Power 15% or equivalent.
Teams will be given a maximum of 3 fluid ounces of fuel while in
the queue. Before receiving the fuel, teams must be able to confirm to
a judge that their fuel tank is empty.
- Commercially available, unmodified propeller (approved balancing methods excluded.)
- ROG only. No launch assist such as rockets or catapults.
class teams must have a mentor which is an AMA member. Speedfest
organizers can assist with this. The mentor need-not be the
contest pilot. One will be provided if requested.
- See India Class Procedures for more competition details.
must be the number one priority of all contest participants. The
Speedfest organizers have gone to great lengths to keep the event safe
for participants and spectators. Please carefully note the
is conducted under compliance with FAA AC 91-57. As such it is an
AMA event. Contestants are expected to conduct themselves, and operate
their aircraft in accordance to the AMA Safety Code. (the following
link contains all AMA documents including the Safety Code: http://www.modelaircraft.org/documents.aspx)
- AMA racing rules require every
person beyond the spectator line (including officials), to properly
wear a helmet approved by OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL,NOCSAE or other
recognized organization that certifies safety equipment. There is a very wide variety of helmets that meet these criteria.
- Flight crew handling the aircraft during a mission, or when performing engine runups, must wear safety glasses.
Crew: The Flight Crew may consist of a maximum of 6 team members. All must verify current AMA membership at the event:
- Pilot: The person flying the aircraft
- Caller: Stands by the pilot to call turns.
- Recovery: Only recovery crew and contest officials may
go recover aircraft
- Flagmen: (Optional) May stand near turn marker judges if desired.
(Optional) India class teams may have a member assist with starting the engine on the
runway, and runup prior to start. Alpha class may use an extra person as a timer or plane handler if desired.
- Any level of flight autonomy must be compliant with AMA rules (See http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/560.pdf)
- When a team number is called for a flight, only flight crew may enter the field beyond the spectator area.
- All aircraft to be flown must go through an airworthiness inspection outlined below.
teams not familiar with AMA contest airworthiness inspections, it is
recommended that an experienced RC pilot or AMA Contest Director assist
the team with an airworthiness inspection prior to travelling to the
Speedfest in order to reduce the chances of a delay requiring repairs or modifications.
- Teams must sign an
AMA Pylon racing waiver form (AMA
document #320). The waiver will be provided to teams after entry
has been confirmed.
- All team members, who attend the
event should be AMA members. It is the opinion of the organizers that all
team members, not just pilots, must be committed to the AMA safety code
when designing, building, and flying, unmanned aircraft.
- Each team must bring a small, class ABC fire extinguisher for their work area.
- Engines or motors must not be started in the teams pit area. There will be designated areas for engine runup and testing.
electric planes, the propulsion system must have an arming shunt,
breaking the main connection between the batteries and the speed
controller. The shunt must be easily accessible, and visible from
the outside of the plane. The arming shunt will be inserted
during the startup time
while aircraft are on the starting line, and removed before handling
the aircraft. There are no restrictions on the design of the
shunt, and it may be as simple as a wire with two connectors.
General Aircraft Requirements
aircraft shall be equipped with a positive means of shutting off the
engine in flight. The throttle or shutoff mechanism shall be
activated by a dedicated, operable servo or electronic speed
controller and shall not affect the aircraft flight path. Regardless of
the method used, shutoff must occur immediately.
all classes, no part of the aircraft may be jettisoned or fall off,
including, landing gear which must stay with the aircraft at all
times. For example, no “dollies” or sleds.
Spinner or prop nut.
On all aircraft, the front end of the engine crankshaft or motor shaft shall be covered with a spinner or safety nut.
propellers are prohibited in all classes. The following modifications
may be made without penalty to India class propellers:
a. One blade may be sanded on the top (front) side only for balancing.
b. One side of the hub may be sanded for balancing.
The shaft hole may be enlarged, but only as much as necessary to fit
the engine crankshaft. The enlarged hole shall be concentric with the
d. Edges and tips may be sanded, but only as much as necessary to remove sharp molding flash.
e. Tips may be painted for visibility and safety.
team will mark their aircraft with a team number. Letters and numbers
shall be clearly legible and sized at least 1 inch tall if possible,
and located either on the top of a wing or on a visible portion of the
fuselage. The number will consist of the following:
1) The letter representing the aircraft class (B, E, or A) followed by a "dash"
2) A two letter identifier for the state or country
3) A "1" or a "2". Institutions that bring 1 team, use the number "1"
4) A two or three letter identifier for the institution
For example: E-AZ1UA
Preflight Airworthiness Inspection of Aircraft
registration, all aircraft shall undergo a safety inspection.
Safety inspections will be conducted using the same team queue
numbers discussed above.
Safety inspectors will be simply checking the following:
rods or cables, control horns, and servo leads shall be installed in
such a way that they will not become disconnected in flight. Clevises
must have a "keeper mechanism."
- All screws holding the engine to the mount and the mount to the firewall shall be in place and secure.
- For India class: The radio receiver and battery pack shall be surrounded
by soft foam rubber or other vibration-dampening material and
adequately protected against contamination by engine exhaust, raw fuel,
or fuel residue.
- Control surfaces shall be firm on the hinge line without excessive play.
- Servos shall be mounted securely with little play.
shall have only one threaded end that is free to turn.
- Wings, if removable, shall be securely attached to the fuselage by some mechanical means such as bolts.
- The aircraft shall be free of obvious indications of structural damage which may compromise safety.
- Alpha aircraft must have an external arming shunt discussed in the Safety Requirements section.
- Spinner or prop nut used to secure propeller.
Only 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radios will be allowed. A standard radio range check will be conducted.
receivers must be programmed with a fail safe system which will cut off
engine power if signal is lost or interrupted. Operation of this
feature must be demonstrated.
aircraft that has been damaged after a safety inspection or has a known
history of problems shall not be permitted to fly until it has been
satisfactorily repaired and re-inspected. Materials used for repair may
come from any source.
Confirmation of class rules:
Judges will also confirm that aircraft comply with the Class Requirements for the class entered.
Additional Rules and Information
team will be provided at least 3 flight attempt opportunities per class
entered. The best score of all attempts will be retained.
objectives have been created to be as straightforward as possible to
minimize the chances of ambiguity, or multiple interpretations.
If however, there are questions about the contest, please
email the address found below in the Entry Form Format section.
objectives and scoring have been designed to minimize the effect of
weather conditions. Expect competition to continue unless winds
above 30 mph sustained, or if there is continuous rain.
- Speedfest is a competition between teams,
not aircraft. Therefore there are no restrictions on repairs,
spare parts, replacement aircraft, etc. Repaired and replacement
planes must still
conform to the rules for a particular class. If an aircraft is
damaged to an extent that airworthiness may be questioned, and is to be
re-flown, the airplane must go through the airworthiness inspection
again. Also, if a replacement plane is used, it
must also go through the airworthiness inspection.
will consist of: volunteers from the aerospace industry, universities
and govt., experienced contest directors and AMA representatives.
- Mandatory Items to bring:
- Current AMA membership cards for flight crews
- Small Class ABC Fire extinguisher (Can be purchased locally if necessary)
- Helmets and safety glasses for Flight Crew listed above.
will be limited electrical service for individual teams. A charging station will be
provided where teams may connect their charging equipment.
- Rules Committee will be formed for the purpose of resolving any rules
questions during the Speedfest event. The committee will consist
of the contest director, a representative from one of the host
industries, and 3 volunteer team advisors (familiar with the Speedfest
rules) taken from the competing teams. Any controversial rules
interpretations, protests, or conflicts, will be resolved by the
committee by a simple majority vote.
- Teams will be assigned a queue number based on the date of their official entry.
- Numbers will be called in sequence from 1 to n
- When a team has been called to the queue, they will have 2 minutes to report to the ramada to join the queue
- There are three positions in the queue:
- 1) Flight Line: On the runway ready to fly
- 2) On Deck: In the ramada
- 3) In the hole: In the ramada
teams that are called to the flight line may pass the spectator line
and enter the course. They must wear the appropriate safety gear.
Class: Each team has a 10 minute window when called to the flight
line. Within that window, the team must be able to set up
their plane, compete, and clear the course. Failure to leave the
course in the 10 minute window will result in forfeiting the teams time
slot in the next round. Multiple flights may be attempted within the 10 minute window.
Optional Speedfest Team Promotional Video Award
Class: A three minute
countdown timer will begin when teams are called to the flight
Within that time, teams must get to their starting location on the
runway, and start their airplane. When time expires, the
judge will clear the runway, at which time spotters may hold their
airplane from the tail for runup. If a team’s airplane is not
running at that time, they
must immediately leave the runway. When the runway is clear, the
flightline judge will call "Ready", and immediately start the
race. If a plane does not
make it off of the runway the flightline judge will give instructions
to the team. See India Class Procedures
Teams that create promotional videos have the opportunity to be
recognized at the event, and to recieve awards. Videos can
promote: thier team, airplane, university, country, Speedfest, or any
combination of these in an entertaining and informative way.
will link thier videos to the SpeedfestUSA page no later than April 20, and the winner will be
chosen by electronic voting. There are no restrictions on who may
vote. Votes will be accumulated from April 20, until Speedfest contest day.
- Videos may be no more than 2 minutes in length total.
- May not refer to specific competitors teams in a negative light.
- May not contain material considered to be obscene by professional standards.
- Royalty-free music is preferred so that we may post your video publicly.
If your video contains copyrighted material, it must conform to
"fair use" standards, and be postable on sites such as YouTube,
Livestream, Facebook, etc.
- Speedfest is open to all academic institutions of any type (2-year, 4-year, trade, postgraduate, etc.)
members (other than pilots), must be students of the institution.
Students may be any level (undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
- Speedfest pilots will be available upon request.
- All team members should be current AMA members. Flight crew must be AMA members.
teams: All team members must be members of the organization
equivalent to the AMA in your country. Pilots however, must have
either AMA membership, or membership in an organization that has a
reciprocity agreement with AMA.
Entry Form Format
For each class entered, send a separate email with the following information in the following format:
- Team Name
- Academic institution name.
- Team Number (see Team Numbers under General Aircraft Requirements for how to select your number)
- Team Contact information
- Class to be entered
In the Subject line of your email write: “Speedfest Entry Request, (your team number), (date)”
Subject line example: Speedfest Entry Request, E-AZ1UA, 21Sept2011
Send a separate email for each class entered.
Send entries to:
keep the Speedfest manageable and enjoyable, a limited number of
entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A single institution may compete with no more than two teams. If two teams are entered they may be in the same class, or different classes.
are subject to change until September
30. After this date, rules become final.
Speedfest is held at the Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station (UAFS) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
GPS Location: lat=36.1632229 lon=-96.836514
Oklahoma is approximately 75 miles from two major airports: Tulsa
International Airport in Tulsa, OK, and Will Rogers Airport in
Oklahoma City, OK.
Airfield Directions: From all
directions, the best way to get to the UAFS is to drive to the
intersection of Hwy 51 (E 6th st.) and N. Clay Road (bulls-eye in map below). Then take
Clay road north approximately 3.2 miles. The UAFS is just north
of the intersection of N. Clay Rd. and E. Airport Rd.
Speedfest Site Diagram and Course Layout