Multispectral Labs (UML), Oklahoma State University, NASA OK Space
Grant Consortium, Zivko Aeronautics, Spirit AeroSystems, AUVSI
is an exciting, high-speed aircraft design competition which is
intended to foster enthusiasm for aviation, and unmanned aircraft
design. There are two flight classes: Alpha Class is the Advanced class which
is open to all collegiate-level teams. India Class is the Invitational class.
It is open to high-school level teams on an invitational
top 3 teams in each class will be recognized with awards. The
winners of each class will be awarded the Speedfest
News and Answers to Questions
Suggestions for India
Class Teams and Teachers
Requirements and Design Constraints
Flight Procedures and Scoring
General Aircraft Requirements
Contest Day Information
Entry Form Format
as many laps as possible in 2 minutes on a 600 ft. course
will be provided with a Tower Hobbies Uproar 40 kit: LINK
and an O.S. 46LA ABN w/Muffler engine provided by Spirit Aerosystems. Teams must obtain the
items needed to build and fly the aircraft which are listed in the kit
manual. (Assuming a team is starting with no equipment whatsoever, this
should cost no more than approximately $300) Teams
may compete with multiple airplanes, however only a single kit will be
provided to each team. Teams must build the kit, and may NOT use a pre-built or ARF airframe.
- ENGINE: O.S. 46LA ABN w/Muffler only. LINK Unmodified stock engine and
- For Speedfest IV, some airframe modifications are allowed. The restrictions on modifications are as follows:
part of the stock Uproar wings, fuselage, horizontal or vertical tail
be omitted, or reduced in size
in any way.
is acceptable to use
accessories other than those examples indicated by the
manufacturer. (Note that the provided canopy and landing gear may
also be considered accessories, and are therefore optional)
- It is acceptable to add to the airplane. Examples of approved modifications include, but are not limited to: drag reduction
devices such as a cowling, fairings, wheel pants,
spinner, turtledeck, etc.
- Teams may mount the
engine on the firewall
any orientation they wish, but exhaust should not be aimed downward (to protect runway mat).
The fuel will be contest-supplied, Cool Power 15% or equivalent.
available propeller for internal combustion engines. Tips must be painted white for visibility.
(See General Aircraft Requirements)
(Rise off ground) only. No launch assist of any type. Nothing may be
intentionally dropped from the plane.
Teams may use a
flight crew member to hold the airplane at the tail prior to
release if they desire. The runway is a smooth geotextile
material, and is 60 ft wide by 600 ft long.
objectives have been created to be as straightforward as possible to
minimize the chances of ambiguity, or multiple
If however, there are questions about the contest, please
email the address found below in the Entry
Form Format section.
Procedures and Scoring
will be flown in up to 4-plane heats.
will be launched from a line abreast configuration, staggered
in time. A sample 3-plane heat is shown below.
- Flight crew will hold the airplanes from behind. The Starter
"ready" at which time the pilots may apply full throttle. The
Starter will point to each team, at approximately 1
second intervals indicating they may release their aircraft. Each plane will take off in sequence
from the outermost plane. Since the course entry is
shifted to the east from the runway for safety, the staggered start eliminates any advantage of
an airplane in an inner starting lane.
- Timer starts when the Starters flag first drops.
- Laps are performed in left-handed ovals as indicated in the
figure below. Planes do not need to fly around a flag, they just must pass a turn line in space.
team will provide two flight crew members to serve as turn
indicators, and will stand next to the Cut Judges. When a
plane crosses the turn line, they will signal their caller by
a flag. Crew flaggers must not raise a flag prior to the airplane
crossing the turn line, or it will be considered a "cut."
- Cut Judges will use
sighting guide to
determine when a plane has passed a turn line, and if a flag has been
raised early, or if a plane has "cut" the turn. If a cut
the judge will identify the number of the offending team, and
indicate a disqualification (DQ) for that
flight attempt by raising a flag. If a plane is DQ'ed, the pilot should land as
soon as possible.
must bring their own flags. The flags should
be at least 18in x 18in, and attached to a short stick. On
sides of each flag, the team number must be indicated, and be at least
15 inches tall. Flags may be any material, color, and design but should be easy to read from a distance.
based on distance traveled (laps) within two minutes,
on a course with 2 turn markers spaced 600ft. apart. One
awarded for each turn line reached (including the first).
Speedfest organizers will present 9 India Class awards in the following 7 categories. Criteria shown in parentheses:
- Overall Score Champion (Sum of all points scored by a team
for the entire day)
Cup awards (Based on the best single score for the day)
Class Promotional Video Award
(A video is required of all India Class teams to compete)
- Best Airplane Build (Quality of overall build, attention to detail, innovative design features)
- Best Airplane Graphics (Design and quality of covering and / or paint scheme)
- Best Helmet (Helmet graphics)
- Team Spirit (Judged on sportsmanship, spirit, integrity)
- In case of a tie for Speedfest Cup awards, Overall Score will decide placement.
- In case of a tie for the Overall
Score award, the best single score will decide placement.
in a tie for Speedfest Cup awards that also have the same Overall
Score, will fly head to head for 2 minutes using the same scoring
method in the regular rounds. If more than four teams are in a tie,
multiple single elimination
heats will select the winner.
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
- 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)
person beyond the spectator line (including officials), must
wear a helmet approved by OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL,NOCSAE or other
recognized organization that certifies safety equipment.
a very wide variety of helmets that meet these criteria including;
skateboarding helmets, bicycle helmets,
- Any flight
crew member involved with starting the aircraft engine at any time (flightline or
pits), must wear official safety glasses and gloves (leather,
or other types of whole-hand cut-resistant gloves are acceptable).
must make sure that people are standing clear of the plane of the
propeller in case of a blade failure. The safest location is
behind the propeller. All individuals must be behind the plane of
the propeller when running up the engine. Only the starter should
be in front, however the throttle should not be advanced until the
starter is in a safe location.
Crew: Required minimum flight crew is 4 members
(Pilot, Caller, and 2 Flagmen). Beyond that, the number and
of the flight crew is at the discretion of each team, however it may
consist of a maximum of 7 team members. Functions of flight crew
members may be combined if desired. All must verify current
membership at the event. Typical flight crew functions
Stands by the pilot to call turns.
- Crew Flagmen:
of two. Stand near turn marker judges to indicate turn line
Only flight crew and contest officials may
go recover aircraft
(Optional) Teams may have a member assist with
starting the engine on the
runway, and runup prior to start. The person may also serve
as a timer or additional flagman.
- When a team
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 must conduct test flights only
at an AMA-sanctioned airfield. There are sanctioned clubs
throughout the state. The AMA mentor can assist with
to a sanctioned flying site. Additionally, teams may go to the AMA club locator site to find one.
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
- All team
members, who attend the
event should be AMA members. It is the opinion of
the organizers that all
team members, must be committed to the AMA safety code
when designing, building, and flying, unmanned aircraft. AMA has a low-cost trial 90-day membership if necessary.
- Engines or
motors must not be started in the teams pit area. There will
be designated areas for engine runup and testing.
- Speedfest is not an event
appropriate for novice pilots. Teams should use experienced
with a record of safety.
- Contest organizers will provide a pilot upon request. Teams may not however request a specific pilot.
- Pilot instructions:
- Safety must the primary responsibility of every pilot.
there is some aspect of the airplane that the pilot deems unsafe, he
must ensure the team takes corrective action before flight.
must follow the instructions of the safety officer during flight. If
instructed to abort, or even sacrifice the airplane for safety, the
pilot must do so immediately without question.
must never allow the airplane to cross a line defined by the West edge
of the runway. If the line is crossed, power must be cut
immediately, and a turn made away from the spectators.
will be instructed how far to the east to fly patterns in order to
maintain safe distances from the spectators. India class uses a
275 ft. setback from the spectator line. Alpha class uses a 675
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.
propellers are prohibited. Teams
must paint the tips of their propellers (approximately 0.5 inches) on both
sides, white. This is to reduce
of injury. (Teams should balance their propellers after they are
engine should be securely attached to the mount, and the mount to the
airframe. Due to vibration, mounting bolts must use nylock nuts,
or blue Loctite.
2.4 GHz spread
spectrum radios will be allowed. A standard radio range check
should be conducted at the Speedfest airfield by the mentor or teacher,
who will then verify pass, to the technical inspection judges. The receiver
battery must be a 4-cell (4.8v) NiCD or NiMH pack and have an external
switch. There must also be a simple means for displaying voltage to
the judges. At a minimum, teams may have an external
connector to check voltage with an expanded scale voltmeter. Any brand of voltmeter is allowed as long as it is a load test type. Alternatively, teams are encouraged to use a voltage monitor (example) mounted permanently to the exterior of the airplane.
team will mark their airplane with their team number which will be
assigned by the Speedfest organizers. Each airplane must be
numbered on the port wing (left side as viewed from sitting in the
cockpit) top AND bottom of the wing. Numbers must be 10
tall, and at least 1 inch thick. The bottom of the number
face the wingtip so that the judges can easily read the team number
during turns. Teams may choose the number colors, but the
chosen should be the highest contrast possible with the background
color of the wing so that it is easy to see from a distance.
Teams should take care to choose fonts, or number styles so
it is difficult to mistake a number when it is upside down (such as 6
and 9) or from other numbers (1 and 7, 4 and 9). The
picture below illustrates a properly numbered airplane:
Airworthiness Inspection of Aircraft
competition, all aircraft shall undergo a safety inspection.
Safety inspections will be conducted on a first come, first
served basis. Teams are encouraged to go through safety inspections on
the Friday afternoon of Speedfest so as to not miss any flight
The overall quality of construction must be considered safe and airworthy.
Safety inspectors will be checking the following:
rods or cables and control horns, shall be installed in
such a way that they will not become disconnected in flight. Clevises
must have a "keeper mechanism." Adjustable control linkages that use set screws or friction are NOT acceptable.
shall have only one threaded end that is free to turn.
surfaces shall be firm on the hinge line without excessive play.
- Servos shall
be mounted securely with little play.
- Any servo extensions used must have connections secured with a servo lead lock
- All screws
holding the engine to the mount and the mount to the firewall shall be
in place and secure using nyloc nuts or Loctite.
- Spinner or
prop nut used to secure propeller.
- Prop tips painted white last 0.5 inches of span.
- The radio receiver and battery pack shall be secure, and surrounded
by soft foam rubber or other vibration-dampening material and
adequately protected against contamination by engine exhaust, raw fuel,
or fuel residue.
- Receiver battery check: 4-cell NiCD or NiMH, external switch, team must display voltage check to judges.
- Wings, if
removable, shall be securely attached to the fuselage by some
mechanical means such as bolts.
- The aircraft
shall be free of structural damage which may
- Range check verification with mentor or teacher
of prior flight. Teams must demonstrate proof of prior
This may be done using pictures or video evidence.
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
Judges will also confirm that all aircraft entered comply with the
Design Constraints. This will include inspection and measurements of the airframe and engine for compliance.
team will be provided at least 3 flight attempt opportunities. The best score of all attempts will be retained.
objectives and scoring have been designed to minimize the effect of
weather conditions. Expect competition to continue unless
above 30 mph sustained, or if there is continuous rain.
- Speedfest is
a competition between teams.
There are no restrictions on repairs,
spare parts, replacement aircraft, etc. Repaired and
planes must still
conform to the rules for a particular class. If an aircraft
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.
may request a Speedfest Pilot at the event, however, they may not
request a specific pilot. This is to make sure that heats may
scheduled efficiently, and without concern about which teams cannot fly
in the same heat. For teams that require a Speedfest pilot at
event, pilots will be assigned on a rotation.
Items to bring:
AMA membership cards for flight crews
- Proof of flight
- Helmets, safety glasses, gloves, and flags, for Flight Crew
will be limited electrical service for individual teams. A
charging station will be
provided where teams may connect their charging equipment.
the designated time on the day of the event, flight crews must
register. Speedfest officials will then provide each with a
flight line pass. Registration consists of the following:
- Flight crews must each show proof of current AMA membership
- Team Flags and safety gear will be checked
- Flight Crews, advisors, and mentors should report with their airplane to have a team photo taken.
- Teams will
be called based on the scheduled heats. Teams should be aware of where they are in the heat schedule.
will be fueled prior to entering the queue. Before receiving the fuel,
must be able to confirm to a judge that their fuel tank is empty.
To simplify fueling in the pits, judges will fill fuel tanks full
as indicated by fuel flowing from the vent line.
they will need to go get their fuel in the hangar, and have a
receiver/transmitter voltage check. Failure of the voltage check
will result in DQ for that round.
fueling, teams will move to the queue boxes which will be labeled 1-4,
corresponding to the starting sequence on the runway.
teams that are called to the flight line may pass the spectator line
and enter the course. They must wear the appropriate safety
- When called to the flightline, teams must move quickly and
be prepared to follow instructions from the Starter.
- Any questions regarding rules will be resolved by the
- A two minute countdown timer will begin when teams are
called to the flight line. Within that time, teams must get
their starting location on the runway, and start their
When time expires, the flightline judge will clear the runway of starters and spotters. If a team’s
airplane is not running at that time, they must immediately leave the
runway with the airplane and all flight gear. When the runway is clear, the flightline judge will
immediately start the race. When time expires, teams have two
minutes to land and clear the runway. Teams should have proper
starting equipment and should be practiced in quickly starting their
Promotional Video Award
All India class teams are required to create a Team Promotional
Video. Videos can
promote: their team, airplane, school,
Speedfest, or any
combination of these in an entertaining and informative way.
The videos can be as simple as an introduction to the team
taken with a smart phone camera, to as complicated as a fully edited
promotional music video.
will send the link to their videos to SpeedfestAero email
address no later than April 20,
and the winner will be
chosen by electronic voting. There are no restrictions on who
vote. Votes will be accumulated from April 20, until
Speedfest contest day. Teams who do not submit a video by the deadline, will not be eligible to compete in Speedfest.
- Videos may
be no more than 2 minutes in length total. Any video over 2 minutes will be disqualified.
not refer to specific competitors teams in a negative light.
not contain material considered to be obscene by professional standards.
music is preferred so that we may post your video publicly.
Teams should test their videos on YouTube, Vimeo, or another hosting site so that they are
not removed or muted due to copyrighted music.
members (other than pilots and mentors), must be students of the
- Each team must have an advisor who is a teacher or other
approved representative from the institution.
team must have a mentor who is an AMA member and familiar with the
building and operation of remote control airplanes. The team advisor
can also be the mentor if appropriate. Mentors should be
positive, patient individuals, supportive and willing to help the
students learn. They should not lead the team. Speedfest
assist with identifying mentors if requested. The mentor need-not be
the contest pilot. A contest pilot will be provided if requested.
- All team
members should be current AMA members. Flight crew must
be AMA members. Only full memberships, or Youth memberships
acceptable (Park Pilot memberships are not acceptable for Speedfest.)
Note that for students age 19 and under, AMA has a Free Youth membership. AMA also has a low cost 3-month trial membership.
- An institution may enter a second team only if the following
conditions are met:
- The institution has participated in Speedfest previously.
- The reason for entry of more than one team is justified
based on excessive team size or some other compelling educational rationale
two teams must be distinct (as they are competing against each other).
There must be no members common to both teams other than
faculty/staff and/or the mentor. Team names and aircraft
must be different.
- Starting with Speedfest IV, if a team is a no-show to the event, they will not be eligible to participate the following year.
Entry Form Format
The team advisor (not the mentor) shall send
an email with all of the following information, in the following
format, for each team entered:
- Class to be
- Team Advisor name
- Team Advisor email
- Team Mentor name
- Team Mentor email
the Subject line
your email write: “India Class Speedfest Entry Request, (Team
Subject line example:
India Class Speedfest Entry Request, SHS Lancers, 21Sept2012
keep the Speedfest manageable and enjoyable, a limited number of teams
will be invited on a first-come basis.
may enter at any time.
are subject to change until September
30. After this date, rules become final.
- Promotional Video due no later than April 20
is held at the
Aircraft Flight Station (UAFS) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma is approximately 75 miles from two major airports: Tulsa
International Airport in Tulsa, OK, and Will Rogers Airport
Oklahoma City, OK.
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
of the intersection of N. Clay Rd. and E. Airport Rd.
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