Pilot Spotlight: Rob Whiteside
There’s nothing quite like a stunning picture of an airplane with a trail of smoke behind it. But even more amazing? The people behind the controls. Take a chance to get to know one of our pilots, Rob Whiteside—and keep scrolling for another picture of him in flight.
Q: Why did you learn to fly? How did you start?
A: I started taking lessons when I was 12 and got my student pilot license at 16. Then I went on to fly F-16s for the US Air Force.
Q: How long have you been flying?
A: I’ve been flying for 25 years. 15 years doing it full-time.
Q: What type of plane to you fly?
A: King Air 350 and Waco YMF-5D
Q: What advice would you have for a young pilot?
A: Just keep at it!
Q: What do you love about flying?
A: It’s always sunny once you get to a certain altitude.
Q: What are your favorite flying or airshow memories?
A: Flying the F-16 through the Italian Alps. Life doesn’t get much better than that.