Pilot Spotlight: Rob Whiteside

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.

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