April 28-30,  2017

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Alpha Class for 2017 will be a turbine aircraft design competition and exposition.  Teams are invited to
develop novel prototype aircraft in response to a statement of work requesting a turbine-powered advanced UAS target drone designed around the Kingtech K-45G turbine engine.  Each team will perform flight demonstrations of their prototypes, as well as host an exposition of their design to industry judges as well as spectators.

Objectives Flight Procedures and Scoring
Event Safety Requirements
Contest Day Information
Entry Form Format
Speedfest Site


Teams are invited to respond to the following Statement of Work (SOW):  TURBINE-POWERED TARGET DRONE
Latest Document Revision
10 January, 2017:  Detailed how ground ops radius will be measured in section 15.
23 November, 2016
: Clarified and expanded sections 5.6 and 6.5.

Event Safety Requirements

Safety 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 following:

Contest-Day Information Registration
During 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 Sequence
Speedfest Marketing Video Award

Speedfest Teams that create promotional videos have the opportunity to be recognized at the event, and to receive awards.  Videos can promote: their team, airplane, university, country, Speedfest, or any combination of these in an entertaining and informative way.

Teams will send the YouTube link to their videos to SpeedfestAero email address no later than 7pm Monday,April 24, and the winner will be chosen by an appropriate method of electronic voting.   There are no restrictions on who may vote.  Votes will be accumulated from April 24, until Speedfest contest day.


Entry Form Format

For each team entered, send a separate email with the following information in the following format:

-  Academic institution name
-  Team Name
-  Team Contact email
-  Team Advisor email
-  Team Pilot email (if Speedfest pilot not being used)

In the Subject line of your email write:  “Alpha Class Speedfest Entry Request, (Team Name), (date)”

Subject line example:  Alpha Class Speedfest Entry Request, ZSU Zebras, 21Sept2012

Send entries to:  



Contest Site

Speedfest is held at the Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station (UAFS) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  
GPS Location: lat=36.1632229 lon=-96.836514
Stillwater 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