Alpha Class for 2018 will be an aircraft
design competition and exposition. Teams are invited
to demonstrate their ability to quickly design, develop, and test a fast attack / sensor deployment UAV.
team will perform flight demonstrations of their prototypes, as well as
host an exposition of their design to industry judges as well as
Objectives Flight Procedures and
Event Safety Requirements
Contest Day Information
Entry Form Format
Teams are invited to respond to the following
Statement of Work (SOW): FAST ATTACK / SENSOR DEPLOYMENT UAV
Latest Document Revision
24 April 2018 New FAQ's
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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
at any time (flightline or pits), Or holding the plane at runup/start,
must wear official safety
glasses and hearing protection (earplugs or earmuffs designed for
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
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.
- 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.
- Teams must have a CO2 fire extinguisher
- Airplanes may not be run up on the mat runway to avoid
burning through the mat.
- Speedfest is
not an event
appropriate for novice pilots. Teams should use
with a record of safety.
- Pilots must have an AMA Turbine Waiver if using a turbojet
- Pilot instructions:
- Safety must be 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.
Items to bring:
AMA membership cards for flight crews
- Proof of flight outlined in SOW
- Helmets, safety glasses, hearing protection, and
gloves for Flight
Crew listed above.
- CO2 Fire extinguisher
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:
crews must each show proof of current AMA membership
Crews, advisors, and mentors should report with their airplane to have
a team photo taken.
- Teams will
be assigned a queue number.
- Numbers will
be called in sequence from 1 to n
teams that are called to the flight line may pass the spectator line
and enter the course. They must wear the appropriate safety
Speedfest Marketing Video Award
Class: Each team has an X
minute window when called to the
line. Within that window, the team must be able to
their plane, compete, and clear the course. Failure to leave
course in the X minute
window will result in forfeiting the team’s
time slot in the next round. Continued violation will result
losing best score.
Teams that create promotional videos have the opportunity to
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 CST Monday,April 23,
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 23, until Speedfest contest
- Videos may
be no more than 2 minutes in length total.
not refer to specific competitors teams in a negative light.
not contain material considered to be obscene by professional standards.
music is preferred.
Teams should test their videos on YouTube so that they are not removed
or muted due to copyrighted music.
Alpha Class team entries must be pre-approved by the Speedfest
- To compete, teams must have a pilot with an AMA Turbine
- Aircraft must have flown AMA Waiver maneuvers safely before
the event, or teams will be not be allowed to participate.
- All team
members should be current AMA members. Flight crew must be AMA members.
Entry Form Format
each team entered,
send a separate email with the following information in the following
- Team Contact email
- Team Advisor email
- Team Pilot email (if Speedfest pilot not being used)
the Subject line
your email write: “Alpha Class Speedfest Entry Request, (Team
Subject line example:
Alpha Class Speedfest Entry Request, ZSU Zebras, 21Sept2012
may enter at any time.
Promotional Video due no later than April ???
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.
Q: How is runway
distance measured for the Recover score or "operating footprint"?
Can different runways be used for takeoff and landing?
Markers will be located defining 50 ft and 100 ft
lengths of runway. The mat and grass runways are adjacent, so
either or both may be used for any given mission. To receive the
Recover score bonus, takeoff and landing (to a complete stop) must be
conducted within the appropriate markers. 300 ft of total runway length is available and may be used if needed.
Q: May any assist devices such as launchers or recovery systems be used?
Yes. The only restrictions are that the devices
must be completely within the 50/100 ft runway sections, and that
nothing may be staked into the mat. If stakes are needed, the
grass adjacent to the mat may be used. Any launch or recovery
devices must be installed and removed during a team's operating window.
They may not be left in place.
Item 3 referring to Objective 5.5 seems to say we need to use the same
amount of fuel in the missions as in the range mission. Is this
A: Item 3 is poorly written. The intent of the rule in Objective 5.5 is that teams do not change configuration
from mission to mission. For example, using one type of fuel tank
for range missions and another type for Speedfest missions. The
rule is not intended to dictate how much fuel teams must carry each
mission. Teams may carry any fuel amount they wish for any