TSA Electronic Flight Contest Information

TSA Electronic Flight Contest Information from FPVProfessor™

click here to view the TSA Mars Payload Drone Competition info

FPVProfessor™ has spent a great deal of time working with local teachers to assist in the development of an open-source drone curriculum for middle school and high school students. The TSA Electronic Flight Contest published documentation found here, provides attendees with the set of competition rules as well as drone guidelines. We have put together some additional information to help answer the most common asked questions about this contest.

Race Details:

  • Complete three laps around a pre-defined course
  • Best lap time determines placement
  • Top two teams from each race move forward

Drone / UAV Specs:

  • Cannot weigh more than 150g (including battery)
  • Motor must be 11xx or smaller
  • Propeller must be 2.5 inches (63.5mm) or smaller
  • LiPo Battery must be 2S or smaller
  • May not use GPS signal
  • May not use object avoidance detection
  • Click here to contact one of our drone specialists who can assist you with your TSA approved drone. 

Rules and Safety:

  • It is strictly prohibited for anyone to fly their drone over people
  • All drones and radios must remain off until instructed to power on
  • Teams may have no less than two people and no more than three people
  • OSHA approved (z87.1) safety glasses must be worn at all times. No exceptions
  • OSHA approved hard hats must be worn at all times. No Exceptions
  • All team members must have a signed Texas TSA Liability Release form with them in order to race. No exceptions
  • Practice flights are not permitted before the race. A walk through and review of race instructions will be conducted before the race begins.
  • Team members must remain in their designated area at all times. Pilots must remain in the pilot box throughout the race. Team members must remain in the back corners of the contest area.
  • In the event of a crash, team members may not leave their designated areas to collect their drone until they are told to do so by the Contest Director.
  • The Drone Contest Director will inform teams where they should wait until it is their turn to race.
  • Autopilot, hover assistance, and navigational aids are strictly prohibited. Pilots may only use their radio stick input commands to control their drone.
  • Any drone that does not meet these qualification will be prohibited from flying.



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