Former Vail Valley local Christopher Texler, who now lives in Elizabeth, recently attended the Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, home of Space Camp and NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Spaceflight Center. The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making. Christopher was part of the Aviation Challenge Mach II Program, a program designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Christopher spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. Christopher and crew returned to land in time to hear retired NASA astronaut Col. Jerry Ross speak at their graduation. Interested in training like a fighter pilot? Go to http://www.aviationchallenge.com or call 1-800-63SPACE.