Aviation Challenge® MACH II is a military-style program for middle school students that uses simulated, realistic combat scenarios while teaching pride, professionalism and leadership. MACH II builds on Aviation Challenge MACH I curriculum as trainees take on more complex challenges, experience our one-of-a-kind centrifuge simulator, build shelters and learn how to find food in advanced wilderness training, and practice water-survival skills with hands-on activities in our onsite manmade lake that is treated to swimming pool standards.

Trainees learn about aeronautics, propulsion, aviation history, flight fundamentals and leadership. Through fast-paced, exciting flight simulators, they master aerial combat or air-to-air skills that put them to the test during our ultimate Top Gun competition where Newton’s Laws of Motion and the Bernoulli’s Principle take on new meaning.

Trainees that have completed MACH I are the first to be considered for Patrol Leader in MACH II. MACH II trainees embark on a search and rescue mission during daylight hours to bring a downed pilot back from behind enemy lines. The team of trainees must evade hostile forces while communicating effectively with their team to be successful in the mission.

The five-night program begins on Sunday afternoon and graduation is Friday morning. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony.

Flight Simulators:

  • Take-off and landing
  • Teamwork
  • Navigational training
  • Air-to-ground training
  • Air-to-air training
  • Aerial combat missions

Aviation Principles:

  • Centrifuge Simulator
  • Flight Physiology
  • Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Flight Physiology
  • Basic aircraft design

      Check-In: Sunday, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
      Graduation: Friday, 10 a.m.