Maurizio Cheli was born in Modena, Italy, on May 4th 1959. In 1978 he entered the Accademia Aeronautica di Pozzuoli (Air University) where he earned a Degree in Aeronautics. In 1983 he got the assignment of operative patrol pilot on the well-known F-104G and in 1988 he ranked first at the course at the Empire Test Pilot’s School in Boscombe Down, United Kingdom, becoming therefore a test and experimenter pilot of high-performance aircrafts.
In 1996 he took part at the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-75 Tethered Satellite mission, in which he was assigned the role of Mission Specialist. In the same year Alenia Aeronautica hired him and he got the assignment of Head Test Pilot for defence vehicles. He has been head of the operative development of the European fighter Eurofighter Typhoon as well.
In 2005 he founded CFM Air, a start-up focused on the design of advanced light aircrafts, and in 2006 he founded DigiSky, a company specialized in the development of on-board electronics for sports aircrafts.
Maurizio Cheli earned a Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1994 at the Houston University, US, a Degree in Political Sciences at the University of Turin, Italy, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the ESCP Europe in Paris in 2007.
Tutto in un istante (Everything in a moment) is the title of his first book.