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2016 Speedfest

Summary

Speedfest VI featured two racing classes: Alpha (Advanced) Class which is open to collegiate teams, and India (Invitational) class, which is open to high schools and academic teams with similar levels of experience. A total of 18 teams competed in Speedfest VI, including well over 200 students and teachers. The official gate count was over 850 people. Winds for the day were were relatively light, and the weather was excellent.

Alpha class featured jet-powered aircraft in Speedfest for the first time.  Teams were challenged with responding to a statement of work for a jet powered trainer that could then be used as a sport jet. Teams were judged in 10 different objective categories where scores were dependent on aircraft performance, and for the first time, cost. Also, teams were judged in 5 different subjective categories including fit and finish, and handling qualities.  Static displays were also required so teams could present their aircraft to industry judges as well as spectators. Finally, teams performed a flight demonstration to narration and music and spectators voted on "Best of Show." After a challenging and exciting competition, OSU Orange won the overall event, with OSU Black taking the honor for Best of Show.

Final Standings for Alpha Class:

  1. Oklahoma State University Orange "Scorpion" 

  2. Oklahoma State University Black "Obsidian"  

  3. St. Louis University "Echo"                               

India Class teams were challenged with the fabrication of a pylon competition aicraft based on the "Uproar" airplane kit with a .46 cubic inch, 2-stroke engine.  Speedfest VI allowed the highest level of aircraft design modifications yet.  Several teams made significant modifications to their aircraft design, and as a result, several new performance records were set.  The planes flew head-to-head in heats of up to 4 planes at a time.  Weather and flow of the event were excellent and teams had the opportunity to fly 9 rounds. 15 teams entered Speedfest in the India class, and all scored in multiple rounds which was a record in itself.  Four of the teams (the NASA and Boeing teams) were made up of in-service  teachers.  India was very competitive and the top three aircraft were all highly modified designs and all set or exceeded the previous Speedfest flag records. The score for Overall Score Champion was also a record performance by the OCS team.

Final Standings for India Class:

Cup Rank

Overall Score
Rank

Team

Scores

1

3

Great Plains Tech Center Frigates

17* max flags, 110 total  *New max flag record

2

1

Oklahoma Christian School

16 max flags, 135* total   *New overall flag record

3

2

Meridian Technology Center Gryphon

15 max flags, 119 total

4

5

Morrison High School Wildcat Pride

15 max flags, 107 total

5

7

Meridian Technology Center Pegasus

15 max flags, 101 total

6

6

Mustang High School Flying Broncos

14 max flags, 101 total

7

12

Boeing Foundation Blue Angels

14 max flags, 69 total

8

14

Talequah High School Tigers

14 max flags, 58 total

9

4

NASA OSGC MTPE

13 max flags, 107 total

10

8

Boeing Foundation Wilie Earhart

13 max flags, 83 total

11

9

Boeing Foundation The Wright Team

13 max flags, 82 total

12

10

Tishomingo High Schoo

13 max flags, 76 total

13

15

Meeker High School Pteradogeagles

13 max flags, 27 total

14

11

Gordon Cooper Tech Center Air Outlaws

12 max flags, 74 total

15

13

Gordon Cooper Tech Center HMTC

12 max flags, 66 total

 

 

 

 

*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. Judges 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 "Pictures" and "Video" sections below. The following are the results:

Best Airplane Build: Great Plains Tech Center. Quality of construction was judged by technical inspection judges.  

Best Airplane Graphics: Oklahoma Christian School. The OCS team went with a checkerboard racing theme made of vinyl.

Best Helmet: Meeker High School. The Meeker flight team wore Mohawk helmets with propellers.

Team Spirit: Meridian Tech Center Gryphon. The judges felt that the team best demonstrated team spirit and sportsmanship with thier positive attitude, overcoming obstacles including a crash the day before, and a midair during the race, and excellent airplane.

Pictures

Click here for pictures of the event
(Courtesy Ernie Robinson, Dick Weast, and Britt Oglesby)

Pictures by Jamey Jacob

Pictures by Thomas Hays

Video
Speedfest VI 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. Click on a link to watch the short videos:

ALPHA Class videos and results

OSU Orange "Scorpion"  (Winner, best video Alpha Class)

INDIA Class videos and results

NASA OSGC MTPE "Ambassador"  (Winner, best video India Class)

Thank You
Speedfest VI 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 organizers would like to thank the following organizations for thier assistance:

Stillwater RC Flyers
Student chapter of AIAA
OSU Student Government Association