Established in 2015, Austin Biplane was created to bring the thrill and excitement of aviation to the city of Austin. Experience life as a barnstomer in the world's only current-production open-cockpit biplane. Two passengers ride side-by-side in the front seat while the pilot flies from the rear cockpit. Originally produced in 1935, our 2010 Waco YMF-5 maintains the look and feel of a classic aircraft but is manufactured under today's fabrication and safety standards. Feel the roar of the 7-cylinder, 300-HP radial engine as it whisks you off the ground into the skies above Austin. Feel the rush of Texas air whip through the open cockpit as you enjoy the beauty of downtown Austin, the Colorado River, and Texas hill country surrounding Lake Travis.
Robert Whiteside -Owner/Operating Pilot
Robert Whiteside (Capt. USAF-ret.) graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2003 before becoming an active-duty Air Force pilot. He was assigned F-16s out of pilot training and traveled to Aviano Air Base, Italy as his first duty station. Robert also flew the U-28A for Air Force Special Operations Command, executing surveillance and reconnaissance missions for military special forces. A decorated combat veteran, Robert has 9 deployments and 480 flying missions in hostile territory as both active-duty and civilian contract pilot.
Robert holds certifications as a multi-engine airline transport pilot, certified flight instructor including instrument instructor, and commercial helicopter pilot.
Robert holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Air Force Academy and a Master's in Operations Management.