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 13 deployments and nearly 600 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. He also flies the Boeing 757/767 for a major cargo carrier.
Robert holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Air Force Academy and a Master's in Operations Management.
Phil Webb – Pilot
Phil Webb, a native of Kansas City Missouri, currently resides in Pensacola Florida. A graduate of the University of Missouri – Go Tigers! – he served 27 years in both the United States Marine Corps, and the U.S. Navy. Upon graduation from Mizzou, Phil was selected for the Navy Flight Program and completed primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, where he became a Texas resident. Upon receiving his Wings of Gold in September 1997, Phil trained to fly the mighty SH-60B SeaHawk and received orders to the World Famous Warlords of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan. Phil had many notable tours with the U.S. Navy; as a rotary-wing flight instructor; as a drone pilot on a combat deployment to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom; but his all-time favorite was as naval attaché to Malta.
Phil is an FAA rated Commercial pilot for both airplanes and helicopters, has his instrument rating, is a certified flight instructor, and is also rated to fly multi-engine airplanes and seaplanes.
He has his undergraduate degrees in History and Geography, a master’s degree in Air Power, and a graduate certificate in modern warfare. Some of his other notable accomplishments are: Climbing Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kilimanjaro, sailing across the Atlantic, breaking the sound barrier in a Navy Hornet, and flying a biplane across America.
Speaking of which, Phil has a passion for flying classic biplanes, and when he isn’t flying his 1942 Boeing Stearman over the skies of Pensacola, he prefers to fly the WACO biplane…Come fly with me!