Morgan and Sonny

Raider Aviation, located about 10 miles southeast of Lubbock, Texas at the Slaton Municipal Airport (F49) in Slaton, offers comprehensive flight training programs that not only train students for a Private Pilot Certificate, but also Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor certificate programs.

Passing the FAA check ride is just one part of your training. At Raider Aviation, we will prepare you with real world experience and provide you with the skills to fly with proficiency and confidence. Our flight training programs are designed to incorporate all of the elements that are critical to making you a safe and competent pilot! Our flight school is dedicated to professionalism, honesty, and providing high-quality equipment and instruction. Raider Aviation offers:

  • Experienced and qualified instructors as well as well-maintained aircraft so you can be confident that you are safe in the air.
  • Flight instructors whose sole business is flight instruction, and whose primary concern is helping you reach your goals. We aren’t successful unless you are successful!
  • With the exception of the ground school course, all flight and ground instruction will be conducted one-on-one with your instructor.
  • A relaxed, training atmosphere that is friendly, professional and personable!

Our Team

Morgan Pylant

I began dreaming of flying since my first discovery flight in a 1942 gull-wing Stinson Reliant outside the Tillamook cheese factory in Oregon, when I was 5 years old. I started flight training in 2009 and became a certified flight instructor in 2010. My background includes flying some charter operations in a Citation, flying for a regional airline, and becoming an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. I am extremely passionate for aviation and enjoy sharing what I've learned. I am committed to safety first, and growing knowledgeable aviators.

Sonny Borba

I have been a fan of aviation since I was a kid. I spent many years of my life dreaming of becoming a pilot and at the young age of 37 I earned my private pilot certificate. I continued on through the ranks eventually earning my single and multi-engine instrument flight instructor ratings. I began teaching guitar in 1998 and found that I have a love for education and felt that I connected well with my students. I have been blessed in the fact that I have been able to continue on teaching the things that I am most passionate about including music and guitar, martial arts, and aviation. My approach to being a certified flight instructor is to train my students to be professional pilots, even if they have no plans to make a career of it. Professional aviators are safety-conscious and take fewer risks. I believe that my excitement and passion for flying comes through to the students while maintaining that high level of safety.