April 27-29, 2018
Speedfest VIII featured three competition classes:
Alpha Class: Design a
high-speed unmanned stealth jet aircraft that is capable of evading doppler
radar, and deploying two payloads accurately into a designated area.
India Class: There are Uproar Stock and
Modified classes for designing and building pylon racing aircraft based on a
2-stroke OS .46 AXII glow fuel engine.
Charlie Class: New for Speedfest VIII, Charlie class featured autonomous 1/8 off road racing cars.
addition to the flight competition, Speedfest included an Aero Expo that
features interesting static displays and flight demonstrations. The displays and demonstrations included:
displays hosted by all of the Alpha Class teams where industry judges and the
public could learn more about the technology in their aircraft.
High-Altitude Rocket Design Team. The
team displayed their large rockets and associated launch equipment, and did a
demonstration launch during Speedfest.
wing testing jig; A large wing built by students in addition to an apparatus
built to test it.
- AIAA Engine Design teams poster displays.
Flying Aggies information tent.
Jet Aerobatics demonstration. Dan Bierly
from Zivko Aeronautics did a flight demonstration that included drawing a
smiley face in jet smoke exhaust for the audience.
RC Fliers and Ponca City GOOFS clubs:
The local RC club had aircraft on static display, and a pilot from Ponca
City brought his 4-engined “Beast” for a flight demonstration.
Tents. Tents were available for
industry and organization sponsors.
Boeing staffed their tent with Oklahoma employees, several of who had
been Speedfest participants in the past.
Oklahoma Space Grant education booth with aerospace information and activities
for young children.
Speedfest main event was held from April 27-29, 2018. Friday was early technical inspection,
flight test, registration, and a cookout for the teams. Weather was beautiful, and several teams were
able to attend and get in some practice flights. Saturday was competition day, and the weather
was perfect for competition. Four Alpha
Class, 13 India Class, and 3 Charlie Class teams competed and achieved flight scores on
Participation and Attendance
on gate count and registrations, estimated counts are: over 184 direct student participants, 12
college faculty, 17 High School faculty and an overall count including
spectators of at least 850.
Standings for Alpha Class:
- Oklahoma State University Black "Wraith"
- Oklahoma State University Orange "Ace of Diamonds"
- University of Kentucky "Spirit KATS"
- St. Louis University "Danger Zone"
||Overall Score Rank
Jenks Middle School
Valley Technology Center - Chickasha
Mustang High School
Tuttle Technology Center Silver Falcons
Norman Technology Center
Tuttle Tech Purple Falcons
*NOTE: Tie breaker in cup rank is overall score. Tie breaker in overall score is video score
India teams could also compete for additional awards.
consisted of aerospace engineering students from the OSU student
chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Pictures and videos of the teams and planes can be found in the
and "Video" sections below. The following are the results:
Best Airplane Build:
Oklahoma Christian School. Quality of construction was judged
technical inspection judges. It was a close vote between the OCS and Tishomingo teams..
Best Airplane Graphics:
Tishomingo 580-Squadron. The Tishomingo airplane had an excellent Thunderbirds covering scheme.
NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium MTPE. The MTPE
flight team wore helmets with a flame mohawk, that lit up with LED lights.
Meridian Tech Center. The judges felt that
the team best demonstrated team spirit and sportsmanship with thier
positive attitude, overcoming obstacles.
Click here for pictures of the event
(Courtesy Dick Weast, Ernie Robinson, and Jamey Jacob)
Speedfest VIII featured a required competition category for 2 minute
promotional videos. People from around the world voted
for their favorite. Awards were based on the highest number of votes. All videos can be seen on our Facebook page. The two winning videos are here:
OSU Orange "Ace of Diamonds" (Winner, best video Alpha Class)
Tishomingo (Winner, best video India Class)
Speedfest VIII was
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 logo block, the Speedfest
would like to thank the
following organizations for thier assistance:
Stillwater RC Flyers
Student chapter of AIAA
OSU Student Government Association