April 19-21, 2013
Multispectral Labs (UML), Oklahoma State University, NASA OK Space
Grant Consortium, Zivko Aeronautics, Spirit AeroSystems, AUVSI
Speedfest is an exciting,
high-speed aircraft competition
which is intended to foster enthusiasm for aviation and unmanned
aircraft design, and was created in 2011 with Speedfest I.
III featured two racing classes: Alpha (Advanced) Class which is
open to collegiate teams, and India
(Invitational) class, which is open to high school teams. A
of 14 teams competed in Speedfest II, including well over 150 students
Speedfest III also featured demonstrational flights including:
aerobatics of helicopters and airplanes, giant scale airplane
aerobatics, A vertical takeoff demonstration of the Speedfest II Alpha
class winner, and flyovers of several manned aircraft. The
official gate count for Speedfest II was over 800 people.
Alpha class teams developed electric-powered airplanes that were
optimized for two missions: A cruise mission which tested the
airplane's efficiency, and a "tag and dash" mission where the airplanes
would drop 40 paintballs on a target and then fly an out and back
pattern as fast as possible. Top speeds approached 210 mph, with
g-loads in the turns of over 40. All of the Alpha class
teams completed all missions in Speedfest III, and all of the planes
were competitive. Standings for the
Class teams were as follows:
Final Standings for Alpha Class:
India Class teams were challenged with the fabrication of a "Dazzler"
airplane kit with a .46 cubic inch, 2-stroke engine. The
flew head-to-head in heats of up to 3 planes at a time. 16 teams
entered Speedfest in the India class, and 11 scored. Competition
was close, with the top score being a 14, and the lowest score a 12.
GCTC Skyraiders took an uncontested lead of 14 flags for first
place. Close behind, the Yukon Millers, GCTC Right Flyers, and
GPTC Frigates tied for second with 13 flags, requireing a head-to-head
flyoff. The remaining 7 teams tied for 5th place with a score of
12 each. The fact that all teams that attended flew successful
missions and scored so well, indicates the quality of the teams and
airplanes that competed in Speedfest III.
Oklahoma State Universtity Black
Oklahoma State University Orange
University of Dayton Aero Design
Final Standings for
The following teams tied for 5th place:
- Gordon Cooper Tech Center, Skyraiders
- Yukon High School, Millers
- Gordon Cooper Tech Center, Right Flyers
- Great Plains Tech Center, Frigates
Claremore High School, Zebras
Meridian Tech Center, Pegasus
Choctaw High School, Choctaw E&T
Francis Tuttle Tech, FT Falcons
Northeast Tech Center, Rattlers
Drumright High School, Tornadoes
Harding Charter Prep, Harding Prep.
for 2013, India teams could compete for additional awards. Judges
consisted of aerospace engineering students from the OSU student
chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Pictures of the teams and planes can be found in the "Pictures"
section. The following are the results:
Most Heat Wins Champion:
Yukon Millers. The Yukon Millers won the overall score
award. In every heat they competed, they scored 13 flags.
This was a remarkable achievement in consistency.
Best Airplane Build:
Yukon Millers. Quality of construction was judged by
technical inspection judges. The Yukon Millers team airplane was
well built, and well convered. It also included innovative
features such as wheel pants, gear fairings, and a streamlined engine
Best Airplane Graphics:
Great Plains Tech Center, Frigates. For the second year in
a row, the Frigates had a stunning covering and graphics job. In
2012, the airplane was done in a Coast Guard theme. For 2013, the
team chose a yellow race theme.
Meridian Tech Center, Pegasus. The judges felt that the
Pegasus team best demonstrated team spirit and sportsmanship with thier
positive attitude, assistance to other teams, excellent airplane, and
the paintball-themed airplane graphics.
Click here for pictures of the event
(Courtesy Dick Weast)
II featured a new optional competition category for 2 minute
promotional videos. People from around the world voted
for their favorite.
The winner was the OSU Black team. Listed in order
votes, are links to the 2012 entries. Click on a link to
watch the short video:
UD Aero Design
a great success thanks to all of the hard work of the students, pilots,
organizations, and dozens of volunteers. In addition to the
sponsors recognized in the Speedfest III logo block, the Speedfest
would like to thank the
following organizations for thier assistance:
Stillwater RC Flyers
Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol
Student chapter of AIAA
Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
OSU Student Government Association